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Demystifying the Convergence of LTE and LMR Networks for First Responders

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Originally aired: Thursday, December 6, 2018 -- 11:00 AM PT/2:00 PM ET

Narrowband Land Mobile Radio (LMR) networks and user radio equipment have been the cornerstone of mobile communications for First Responders for decades. The trend from traditional analog to more robust wireless broadband networks in recent years has improved the overall accessibility but questions remain on whether the new networks can provide all the required capabilities First Responders need to do their job.

Increasing demand for bandwidth intensive applications such as video, advanced mapping and analytics, alongside critical voice communications has been driving adoption of broadband LTE cellular networks, such as FirstNet.

Join our panel of industry experts for this insightful 60-minute on-demand webinar as they discuss the critical differences between LMR networks and LTE networking, how these technologies can successfully co-exist, and explore the future of critical communications for First Responders.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Current and future industry trends for LTE and LMR technologies
  • Challenges and obstacles with the convergence of technologies
  • Real-life examples of successful hybrid communication strategies for First Responders
  • Recommendations for future proofing your agency; adoption of new technologies and how to bridge the gap


Tony Morris, VP North American Sales, Enterprise Solutions, Sierra Wireless

Jesus Gonzalez, Analyst II, Critical Communications, IHS Markit

Ken Rehbehn, Principal Analyst, Critical Communications Insights

Andrew Seybold, Senior Partner, Andrew Seybold Inc.

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6 Key Findings of Incident Reporting

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Originally aired: Thursday, December 13, 2018 -- 11:00 AM PT/2:00 PM ET

An exceeding number of police departments and law enforcement agencies, whose officers spend upwards of 3-4 hours a day completing incident reports and other time-sensitive paperwork*, are turning to smarter tools, such as speech recognition solutions, to help transform their police reporting workflows.

View this on-demand webinar to hear why these law enforcement professionals are embracing smarter tools to complete higher-quality reports and move mission-critical information within the CAD/RMS faster and more efficiently – all by voice.

This discussion will provide you with an understanding of:

  • What law enforcement has to say about current reporting processes
  • Why officers, especially recruits, want smarter tools to help with police paperwork
  • Why manual reporting has a negative impact on report accuracy and productivity and can hinder criminal proceedings
  • How departments can speed up data entry within the CAD/RMs and move mission-critical information more accurately and efficiently
  • How speech recognition technology can help increase officer safety and improve situational awareness and productivity on patrol
  • Why embracing smarter technology increases community visibility, and minimizes costs

Learn how your department can make incident reporting faster, safer and more complete by viewing our on-demand webinar today.

*Role of Technology in Law Enforcement Paperwork Survey 


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Departments : First Look

Rethinking Tactical Lighting Systems

Synergy Light's Tactical Throw Light can be tossed into position and will light up an entire room to help officers identify threats.

December 21, 2015  |  by - Also by this author

The Tactical Throw Light uses LEDs to produce up to 1,000 lumens of light in multiple directions. It can be programmed to activate as thrown or upon impact and has rubberized edges to prevent damage.
The Tactical Throw Light uses LEDs to produce up to 1,000 lumens of light in multiple directions. It can be programmed to activate as thrown or upon impact and has rubberized edges to prevent damage.

In August 2012 Christopher Howell, then the police chief of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, was seriously wounded in a gun battle with robbery suspects. (See "Shots Fired" in the July 2013 issue of POLICE.)

Howell says one of the results of that gunfight was that he became "a professional surgery patient." And while recovering from the nine surgeries that were required to treat his injuries, Howell started inventing something that he believes has the potential to change law enforcement low-light operations and make officers safer.

Howell's invention is the Tactical Throw Light, a product that will soon be available from his company Synergy Light. The Tactical Throw Light is a 3.5-inch-square, half-inch-tall, high-tech lighting system that Howell, a former DEA "door kicker," envisions being a vital new tool in a variety of law enforcement applications.

The Tactical Throw Light is designed to be used just the way the name implies. Officers can literally throw it into a room before making entry to illuminate the entire room. Howell says the effect is very much like someone turned on a 60-watt light bulb. More importantly, he believes using the Tactical Throw Light will make it harder for bad guys to target entering officers by shooting at their flashlights.

And it doesn't matter how the light lands after it's been thrown because the device literally has a brain. "A computer inside the Tactical Throw Light analyzes its positioning 50 times a second and determines what is the best way to light up the room based on its new position," Howell says. He adds that the light can be programmed to activate on impact or as it is thrown. It also cannot be turned off without the proper sequence of button pushes, so the bad guys can't just pick it up and turn it off.

Christopher Howell inside his garage lit only by the Tactical Throw Light.
Christopher Howell inside his garage lit only by the Tactical Throw Light.

Howell says programmability is one of the key features of the device because it allows Synergy Light to customize the Tactical Throw Light to meet the mission demands of different users. "We knew when it got into the field and officers started to train with it they would come up with ideas on how to use it. That's why we put a bunch of hardware under the hood so we could write new code and drop it in there for them," Howell says.

Howell says officers have already told him they plan to use the light for entry illumination, building searches, roadway hazard marking, helicopter landing zone delineation, crime scene lighting, and officer identification via infrared LEDs in night vision operations. Another major use for the Tactical Throw Light is room clearing and cleared room designation. Howell says operators can use the throw light to light up rooms when clearing and keep them lit to designate that they have been cleared. "That way you're not walking back into a dark room," Howell says.

Officers are quick to grasp the versatility of the Tactical Throw Light, Howell says. "They see that it is a game-changer. It won't replace the flashlight. It's another kind of lighting tool that officers can carry, and it could potentially save their lives," he says.

The Tactical Throw Light is expected to ship by the end of January at a suggested retail price of around $200. Howell says he was adamant about keeping the price in the same range as a good tactical flashlight. "I didn't want to price individual officers out of using this," he says.

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pk @ 1/11/2016 12:06 PM

prepare for chinese to flood the market with $15.00 versions of this. the 200 buck price is nice to bill to the eventual payee (the taxpayer who cannot refuse), but is far beyond the material cost of this item. making money may be a way out of poverty, but impoverishing the taxpayers is a way to make real domestic enemies.

P @ 6/20/2017 3:32 PM

PK - when selling to police and military there has to be redundancy and quality control not used for civilian products. Check Surefire lights pricing and you'll see what I mean. This light is unique in that it has gyro, accelerometer and programming that allows it to be used like nothing else. This is cheap given what I see it doing. Ordering one for my guys to try.

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