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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

Speakers:

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 

Speakers:

Eric La Scola, Product Marketing Manager, Dragon, Nuance

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WatchGuard Video Announces New “Hybrid” Product That Combines Server-Based Technology with the DV-1

January 08, 2009  | 

WatchGuard Video announced today the release of a new server-based digital video evidence management system called Critical Event Server (CES). It’s part of the new WatchGuard DVD Hybrid In-Car Video Solution. The Hybrid Solution combines the efficiency of a direct to DVD video system with the instant access and data management of a server system.

Designed exclusively around the company’s industry leading DVD-video based in-car video system, the WatchGuard DV-1, CES offers the ability for law enforcement agencies to upload video and metadata to a centralized server system providing convenient video search and retrieval, review, data analysis, physical inventory tracking, and report generation.

What makes Critical Event Server different from any other server-based system is that it only automatically uploads the video files from recordings that are considered “critical” based on the event type classification, but uploads all of the metadata from every recording. Routine video events remain stored on the original DVD. As a result, the size and cost of the CES server hardware is a fraction of the size and cost of conventional server approaches, while still providing full featured search and reporting on every recorded event even if the video files were classified as routine and are retained only on the original DVD.

“WatchGuard’s Hybrid Solution records all video events onto playable DVDs in the car, which happens to be the ideal media format for longterm, low-cost data storage”, said Robert Vanman, president and CEO of WatchGuard Video. “Since storing data on server computers is often 15 times more expensive than DVD storage, the Hybrid Solution reserves the expensive media (the server computer) exclusively for the video events that will benefit from dynamic storage. This selective approach is far more cost effective than uploading everything onto huge server computers and later copying data onto DVDs for long term storage. The Hybrid solution is unique to WatchGuard Video and the approach only works when your video recordings originate from a DVD.”

In addition to being the industry’s first Hybrid solution, CES is the first practical server-based solution for large law enforcement agencies. In the past, it has been logistically impractical (and cost prohibitive) to implement a server-based solution to large agencies due to the overwhelming amount of data that must be transported and stored. CES solves this problem by eliminating the need to upload all but critical video files.

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