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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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BodyWorn Now With Immediate HD Video Playback, Real-Time Classification, and Voice-to-Text

April 04, 2016  | 

The latest upgrade to the BodyWorn smart body-worn camera system is now available to instantly playback recorded HD video, classify video by retention categories, and enter notes via text entry and voice-to-text recognition. BodyWorn is the only body camera solution that can be configured to allow police officers to view recorded video on their body-worn device immediately after recording to improve the accuracy of incident classification, according to Utility.

"Our goal is to provide technology that enables police officers to work smarter. If a police department's policy allows an officer to view recorded video in the field, the officer can do so immediately in high definition on the BodyWorn camera screen," said Robert McKeeman, CEO of Utility. "In today's world, there is no reason for policy to be dictated by technology limitations. Therefore, everything we do is focused on providing law enforcement agencies with the most advanced and customizable technology that can be trusted to reliably adhere to the Department's video recording and playback policy choices."

Historically, playing back video in the field would require officers to carry a second hardware device at all times, at significant additional cost and complexity for the police officer. The new BodyWorn feature allows officers to immediately watch BodyWorn recorded video in High Definition directly on their BodyWorn devices—should it be allowed by the Department's video review policy. Whether or not the Department allows officers to view video before completing an Incident report, BodyWorn includes voice-to-text recognition and audio notes to make annotation fast and easy. This makes it easy to reliably capture information—such as license plate numbers, interview notes, witness names, and case numbers—that immediately becomes fully searchable and categorized in the video management system.  Metadata such as video location, officer identification, and incident classification are immediately uploaded to secure cloud storage, where it is immediately available to Central Dispatch on a seamless and integrated basis.

These functions enhance the video classification process, making it easier for Departments to operate transparently and respond effectively and quickly to Freedom of Information requests and legal discovery production demands for body camera video.

As is typical with the BodyWorn software service, these additional capabilities have been made available to all BodyWorn customers at no additional charge.  

"The BodyWorn system software is continuously being enhanced to ensure each officer is equipped with the smartest and most powerful technology for police officer safety, privacy, transparency, and accountability," said McKeeman. "The Police Department does not have to buy new body camera hardware to get new features and capabilities, or wait years for the camera hardware to be replaced. The Department, of course, decides which features and capabilities to activate as part of their overall policy-based recording strategy.  Our mission is to provide Police Chiefs and Policy Makers with the most up-to-date configurable technology so they can make policy decisions without being limited by the technology.  BodyWorn works the way a police department chooses to make it work, every time."

For more information about BodyWorn and its distinctive smart capabilities, visit bodyworn.com.  A video detailing the new video playback feature is also available on YouTube at youtu.be/MTDTOg6_sus.

About BodyWorn

BodyWorn uses smart software technology, incorporating real-time communications for the best situational awareness possible during the most critical times. Unlike other body cameras, BodyWorn has automatic Policy-Based Recording, officer down emergency alerts, live video streaming, and secure automatic wireless offload to cloud storage.  Utility's BodyWorn video, audio, and metadata can be accessed through its cloud-based digital evidence management solution, AVaiL Web. BodyWorn's features continuously expand to meet the demands of 21st Century Policing, and support the specific recording policies set by each law enforcement agency.  Utility's companion Rocket IoT in-car video and Smart Redaction software as a service for protecting citizen and police privacy while enhancing police transparency and accountability are designed to provide the most capable video management solution with the lowest total cost of ownership.

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