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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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Pryme Bluetooth Helps K-9 Team Stay "Ahead Of the Pack"

January 12, 2015  | 

 

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Photo: Pryme

Dogs have always been regarded as "man's best friend," which is why the K-9 handler role is perhaps one of the most unique and coveted positions in law enforcement; one that requires a strong partnership and understanding between man and animal. K-9 teams are deployed on "high-risk" operations to protect the community and other officers, sniff out substances the human nose cannot detect, and search for people the unaided eye cannot see.

Deputy Shawn Rosner has been lucky enough to spend nearly 18 years working with these courageous animals as a Field Operations K-9 handler with the Placer County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office. Rosner has worked with three beloved partners throughout his career; his current partnership with Jet, a five-year old German Shepherd, began in 2011. As a "self-initiated" officer, Rosner and Jet respond to service calls outside their home agency, including those from California Highway Patrol and other unincorporated areas of Placer County.

The duo are dedicated to their community, as reflected by their long and oftentimes erratic hours filled with a diverse set of responsibilities and job functions. On the milder end, Rosner and Jet participate in public educational events and demonstrations where they interact with students of all ages and members of the community. Conversely, the team also aids in searching for narcotics and missing people, and in intense suspect pursuits of criminal suspects.

No matter what the task, safety, convenience, and mobility are vital—which is why Rosner adopted Bluetooth radio technology on the job two years ago. He first saw the system being used by another K-9 handler at his agency. Positive feedback and an affordable price tag prompted Rosner to purchase the Bluetooth unit out of pocket.

The compact Bluetooth system increases Rosner's mobility and range, which is especially important when your partner is a fast four-legged animal. Rosner also notes that the system readily meets the high demands of typical service calls while being agile enough to wear during non-patrol functions.

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Photo: Pryme

"It's my primary lifeline if I need help, if I need to direct someone to a certain location, if I need to manipulate a perimeter that my dog and I are searching for people inside, if I need to communicate with an airship that's overhead," Rosner says. "The canine handler watches dog behaviors for indications that are going to help us. The dog's behavior and indicators are the most relevant information everyone on the scene needs."

Rosner's Bluetooth system consists of the BTH-LMIC lapel microphone and BT-583APX adapter for APX portable radios, both manufactured by Pryme Radio Products. The BTH-LMIC lapel microphone includes a fully functional PTT and delivers full shift 12-hour talk time, easy pairing, and no connectivity loss—making it an extremely reliable communications solution.

"The system marries itself to each other effectively with clear radio transmission running through the unit. It is dependable and compact, which I feel helps improve my effectiveness…it helps to minimize the patrol footprint making this particular gear smaller, more streamlined and therefore easier to use," Rosner continues, "I can tell you after having used the system for two years it works; you would never know that it doesn't have a cord connected to the radio."

Together, Rosner and Jet are responsible for keeping their officers and community safe. Reliable communications are critical for handlers and the services their devoted and courageous K-9 guardians provide. In an ideal world, funding should be made available to outfit all teams with quality communications equipment. But the reality is that this is not always possible, which is why Pryme has always been committed to keeping their price tags affordable so individual officers can purchase independent of agency funding.

About Pryme

For over 23 years Pryme Radio Products has been devoted to manufacturing high-quality products for professional users of two-way radios. Pryme strives to create a better means of communication and a higher standard of reliability and comfort.

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