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<p>Photo: Rockwell Collins.</p>

Beyond the Laptop: Rockwell Collins' iForce Communications System  

April 4, 2011

By David Griffith

The iForce is more than an in-car computer. It's essentially a computer-based communication system. It helps officers communicate with each other, communicate with any applicable databases, and even communicate with their vehicles.

Tactical Headsets and Mics: 2011  

March 28, 2011

By Melanie Basich

Advanced communications systems for tac teams now include throat mics, nearly invisible wireless earpieces, and everything in between.

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Seeing in the Dark: Night Vision  

March 15, 2011

By Tim Dees

Night vision gear is still a lot more expensive than a flashlight, even though prices are falling and the gear is more portable and better-performing than ever before.

Panasonic's PDRC (Permanent Display Removable Computer) offers a vehicle-mounted display and separate keyboard. Photo courtesy of Panasonic.

Vehicle Computer Docking Stations  

February 22, 2011

By Melanie Basich

These seven docking stations offer connectivity for Ethernet, USB, LAN and other options to take you beyond basic mounting solutions.

Photo: Zuma Press.

New Developments In ALPR  

February 15, 2011

By Tim Dees

Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology has been the "oh, wow" gadget for the past few years, and with good reason. ALPR can identify, screen, and record the license plates of more vehicles than an entire squad of police officers could handle, and can do it with greater accuracy and no fatigue factor.

Rugged Notebooks’ Eagle laptop meets the new NCIC access requirements.

Rugged Notebooks: Tough and Secure  

February 10, 2011

By David Griffith

The Rugged Notebooks Eagle laptop has built-in biometric access control, is ruggedized to MIL-STD-810F, and is Windows 7 compatible.

Conn. Agencies Use Appriss to Track Sex Offenders  

January 26, 2011

By Joe Biela and Sam Izzarelli

The public can now access the state's upgraded system to track the whereabouts of registered sex offenders by street location, city or town, or by a radial area, a registrant's name, or by compliance status. In addition, parents can print fliers on child safety from their own computers.

Wireless 'Body Wire' Technology  

January 21, 2011

By Melanie Basich

The Phantom from Tag 5 Industries allows undercover officers to covertly record and broadcast conversations using a smartphone app and remote hardware instead of a physical wire on the body.

WikiLeaks: Guard Your Secrets  

January 21, 2011

By David Griffith

Julian Assange and his fellow weasels are not communists or al-Qaida sympathizers, they are anarchists. They believe in tearing down the Western World's institutions.

Is There An App for That?  

January 6, 2011

By Tim Dees

There are many mobile applications designed specifically for law enforcement officers, and even more that were intended for a more general audience, but that cops will find useful. Those listed below include some from both the police and non-police market sectors.

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