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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 

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Eric La Scola, Product Marketing Manager, Dragon, Nuance

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Survey Results Suggest Limited Budgets Slow Law Enforcement's Adoption of Crime-Fighting Software

October 24, 2014  | 

When it comes to the U.S. law enforcement community’s practices and attitudes toward using crime-fighting software, roughly a third are using the technology in their departments, most would use it to combat drug-related crimes, yet the majority don’t have the budget to implement it, according to a recent survey by Wynyard Group, market leader in crime-fighting software used in investigations and intelligence operations by government agencies and financial organizations.

When Wynyard asked nearly 300 police chiefs, federal investigators, analysts, and other high-ranking law enforcement officials if they were using crime-fighting software, only 35 percent said yes; of those departments that were using crime-fighting software, 63 percent were using it to fight drug-related crimes. In the departments that were not using crime-fighting software, 70 percent said they would use it to fight drug crimes if they had it. Nearly half of all respondents said that limited budgets are the greatest impediment to deploying software for crime-fighting.

Still, more than 90 percent of survey respondents indicated that they believe crime-fighting software and “advanced crime analytics” will become the industry norm in the future. Slightly more than half are already making plans to incorporate such technology into their local police departments.

If given the choice of where to allocate available funds, 37 percent said they would use it for crime-fighting software, while only nine percent said they would use it for new weapons. The top three software-related benefits most important to respondents are: better, faster discovery of relationships between data entities such as crime reports, suspects, addresses, vehicles, phones, guns, and events; being able to solve crimes faster; and being able to make better use of mobile phone data, emails, social media history and other data in investigations.

“Our findings suggest that, while the law enforcement community recognizes the power and the value of crime-fighting software and analytics in making our communities safer, we have a ways to go before use is widespread,” says Jeff C. Frazier, senior vice president Americas for Wynyard Group. “The perception is that this technology is too expensive and too complicated, when in fact there are affordable options that are fast to deploy, easy to use, and provide valuable insights very quickly. There’s no reason most law enforcement departments in the U.S. shouldn’t have this technology.”

More than 90 percent of respondents believe that crime-fighting software and “advanced crime analytics” will become the industry norm in the near future, while more than half are already making plans to incorporate such technology into their local police departments. The top capability that would be most valuable to agencies in their evaluation of or choice of analytics software is predictive analytics – for predicting crime hotspots, persons of interest likely to commit crimes, peak crimes, and more. In addition to combating drug crimes better, departments – if they had analytics software - would use it mainly to fight fraud and financial crime, robbery, and gang violence.

The Wynyard Group Advanced Crime Analytics Survey was conducted during September and October 2014. Further report information including an infographic of the Wynyard Group Advanced Crime Analytics Survey is available at: https://www.wynyardgroup.com/en/news-events-blog/wynyard-group-crime-fighting-software-survey/


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