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BlackBerry DUI Checkpoint App Pulled

March 25, 2011
Research In Motion, the maker of BlackBerry smartphones, has agreed to pull downloadable applications that help users evade sobriety checkpoints and drunk driving citations.
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Thales Multiband Radio Gets Safety Certification

March 25, 2011
Thales' Liberty Multiband Land Mobile Radio (LMR) has been certified as Intrinsic Safe equipment, meaning it can be operated in an explosive environment and will not trigger ignition in the presence of flammable or combustible material, the company announced.

South Carolina Agencies Launch UAV Surveillance Program

March 24, 2011
The agencies plan to use the craft to assist patrol officers during foot pursuits across jurisdictional boundaries. The small helicopters include cameras, and a weapon can be mounted if needed.

C4i Awarded $2.7 Million In Public Safety Contracts

March 22, 2011
C4i Inc., recently announced wins of over $2.7 million in contracts for the supply of its Public Safety application in Vietnam, California, and Illinois, USA along with additions to other pre-existing Australian contracts.
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Illinois Agency Upgrades to Rugged Laptops

March 21, 2011
Rugged Notebooks' Eagle provides ease-of-use and ruggedness, according to the company. And because of the cost efficiency of this laptop, Oakwood Hills PD was able to outfit four vehicles instead of two.

Motorola To Build 700 MHz Public Safety Network In Houston

March 18, 2011
In a filing with the FCC, Motorola didn't mention LTE yet noted that Harris County selected Motorola "as its equipment vendor for technology that will be used in the Harris County layer of the intended public-safety broadband statewide network."
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Chicago Allows Citizens To Text Photos, Video To 911

March 16, 2011
The images are sent to the Chicago Police Department's crime-prevention information center, which reviews them to see whether they should be distributed to first responders or detectives investigating the incident.

Tait Radio Solution Deployed During New Zealand Earthquake

March 15, 2011
Tait Radio Communications shared lessons learned by first responders during the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that hit Christchurch, New Zealand, on Feb. 25.

Digital Ally FirstVu Officer-Worn Video System Enhanced

March 10, 2011
The Digital Ally FirstVu compact digital video/audio recorder and photographic camera now features an even stronger and lighter design as well as a new wider angle lens. The new design reduces the weight of the unit by 17 percent and the new lens captures an impressive 133-degree field of view to help remove the need to aim the camera.

Raytheon Selects Downey For Public Safety Regional Technology Center

March 9, 2011
The center, which will occupy 27,000 square feet and employ as many as 150 people, will serve as the focus of Raytheon's civil communications business in the western U.S. and provide test and research facilities, training, and maintenance and logistics, customer and systems support.
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