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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 


Eric La Scola, Product Marketing Manager, Dragon, Nuance

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St. Louis Ward Hopes To Cut Crime 70% with Wireless Surveillance

August 26, 2011  | 

St. Louis city and police officials have installed a new wireless video surveillance system in the 21st Ward, and have set a goal to reduce crime by 70 percent. Of the 28 wards in the city, the 21st Ward is the first to deploy this type of solution.

The system has been added to reduce violent crime and drug activity. In 2010, there were 14 homicides in the ward. City leaders are elected from the wards, while the St. Louis Metro Police Department divides the jurisdiction into nine policing districts.

The surveillance system, which was installed with the help of ADT Commercial, operates on a wireless mesh network designed with Firetide. The 21st Ward plans to deploy 14 Panasonic IP pan/tilt/zoom (p/t/z) cameras throughout the area in phases. Police officers will view video feeds using an OnSSI platform featuring video analytics at the ward's newly created police substation, which features a multiscreen workstation. The workstation includes a graphical map application that visually signals when there is significant activity in a certain area.

"Currently we have six cameras up on one of our main streets," Alderman Antonio French tells Security Sales & Integration, a sister publication of POLICE. "Three more will go up by the end of this week at another one of our hot spots. Then we'll add four in our major park, and we'll just continue to expand this thing."

Shortly after his election, French approached City Hall officials in December 2009 to begin the program; however, it took 18 months to get off the ground. Prior to the cameras, the subdivision relied on "old school policing" to handle crimes, French says. Unfortunately, when crimes occurred, many witnesses followed the "no snitching" rule, which oftentimes made it impossible for police to close some of the cases.

"Of the 14 murders we had last year, at least a dozen of them are still unsolved because no one comes forward," French says. "One of the cases involved a woman - a mother of four - who was used as a human shield in broad daylight. There were so many people out there, but nobody came forward."

ADT was one of the highest bids for the project. However, because of the company's customer service history, the 21st Ward signed a contract with ADT that includes a three-year maintenance agreement.

The system has already paid off for the 21st Ward. Roughly 72 hours after the first phase's completion, police used the cameras to solve an abduction case that occurred outside of a local store.

Funded by the 21st Ward's One-half Cent Ward Capital Improvement Program, the $400,000 system has helped the subdivision stay on track to reduce crime. In fact, the ward has already seen an 80-percent drop in homicides this year, French says.

By Ashley Willis

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