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In addition to recording eight hours of high-definition video and audio with a 71-degree field of view, the new LE-2 from VieVu on-body camera system is facial recognition compatible and can live-stream as it records. It easily clips to a uniform to record evidence for later use in court. The LE-2 requires the Veripatrol software system, which utilizes a Digital Signature process that marks each video with a digital hash certificate to prove that the video has not been altered. If you already have a previous generation VieVu camera, you can easily upgrade to the LE-2 system. It will be available in the first quarter of 2012.

IACP 2011 In Pictures

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) conference, which was held Oct. 22-26 in Chicago, appeared to focus on officer protection. View this photo gallery for 16 innovative products that caught the attention of POLICE Magazine's reporters. And read our feature, "IACP 2011 Highlights," for 12 more products. Photos by Mark W. Clark.

Priced at only $1,895, Digital Ally: DVM-100's is a high-quality  digital  in-car video system for budget-constrained law enforcement  agencies.  It is incorporated into a rear-view mirror to maximize ease of  use with  space requirements. The system offers pre-event recording,  covert  mode, metadata, remote wireless microphone, integrated  microphone, USB  download or removable SD card, back office software, and  more.

In-Car Video: 2011

In-car video systems now available to law enforcement agencies offer screens embedded in rear-view mirrors, solid-state hard drives, improved viewing angles, wireless file transfer, and other features. View these seven systems available from Digital Ally, Federal Signal, Kustom Signals, L-3 Mobile-Vision, Panasonic, Patrol Witness, and WatchGuard.

Motorola built a patrol vehicle with next-gen communication technology, including a push-to-talk (PTT) button built into the steering wheel, multiple cameras providing views around the vehicle, and  an integrated console that controls the lights, sirens, PA system, gun  lock and the radio.

Motorola's Connected Patrol Car

Motorola Solutions unveiled its concept of a next-generation patrol vehicle at a July press event that brings many new communications capabilities to field officers. Motorola's Chevy Caprice includes an LTE broadband modem, steering wheel controls for radio communication, and voice-command technology. Video processing technology optimizes in-car video streaming into and out of the vehicle.

Automated license plate recognition technology is constantly being refined to better discern images and alert law enforcement of offenders. View the following photos for real-world examples.

Plate Hunters

The current generation of Automated License Plate Recognition (ALPR) technology provides officers greater detail and scanning capability to capture numbers, letters, symbols and logos on traditional, printed and affinity plates. View these photos of real-world examples of license plates captured by this technology. And read our full article, "New Developments In ALPR."

America Lite: The U.S. Constitution and other major historical documents, index to presidents, historical data. Platform: iPhone.
 

Smartphone Apps for LE

We've selected 22 of our top picks of smartphone apps for officers for this photo gallery to accompany our story, Smartphone Apps for Cops. View the app's User Interface to see how they would look on your smart phone, whether it's an Apple iPhone or Android device. Images courtesy of Tim Dees.

Cross Match Technologies' Mobile Rapid ID provides law enforcement  agencies with immediate verification of subjects' identities in the  field. Wireless technology liberates officers to capture  forensic-quality biometric data for comparison against stored watch  lists or databases.

IACP 2010 Products

Each year at the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the leading manufacturers of law enforcement products roll out some of their most innovative offerings. The 2010 IACP show was no exception. Here's an overview of some of the most interesting products we saw at this year's IACP. For more coverage of the show, pick up our December issue.

Known best for its computer-aided dispatch (CAD) software, New World Systems has also entered the records management market with Aegis RMS. The software allows offi cers and staff to streamline processes, easily perform inquiries, and automatically merge field reports. Aegis RMS provides powerful tools for both investigators and command staff, including analysis of statistical data, crime mapping, crime analysis, and ways to identify under served populations.

Law Enforcement Software

Now that computers have become commonplace in law enforcement vehicles, the depth and breadth of software for the police market has ballooned. A wide variety of enterprise and standalone products are now available to help officers identify threats, manage case information, administer and schedule personnel, and perform just about any other public safety duty.

The PRISim system is designed for both marksmanship and force option and force articulation training. A wide variety of lethal and less-lethal weapons are available for use with the simulator. For extra realism and for elevating the students’ stress level, instructors can use the integrated ShootBack system. The ShootBack cannon fires .68 caliber nylon balls at speeds up to 120-feet-per second. That’s enough velocity to sting a bit and remind a student to use cover in a gunfight.

Training Simulators

The first law enforcement simulators were 16 mm projectors that flickered their filmed images onto sheets strung across shooting ranges. When the bad guy went for his gun, the officer had to fire and then await the judgement of his trainer as to whether it was a good shoot. Today's simulators are high-tech computer systems with digital projectors that play complex interactive scenarios. They are designed not only to teach officers when and how to shoot guns and less-lethal weapons but also how to talk to suspects to avoid escalation and confrontation.

When you bestow the trade name "Rocky" on a line of computers, they had better be tough. Amrel's Rocky line of rugged computers lives up to its name. The line, which includes tablets and notebooks, is ruggedized to MIL-STD 810F and IP54. They can sustain rain, shock, humidity, vibration, salt, fog, altitude, and extreme temperatures. Yet, they are also light and fast. The Rocky RT-M, features an Intel Core 2 Duo processor (with 4MB L2Cache), 1GB of memory, a 160GB hard drive, and a 13.3-inch anti-reflective TFT display.

Ruggedized Computers

Each year, at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in the fall, computer manufacturers introduce their new ruggedized laptops designed for in-vehicle use by law enforcement officers and deputies. View a photo gallery of several of the models that arrived for 2009, such as the Amrel Rocky RT-M, Dell Latitude E6400 XFR, Getac V100, Itronix GD6000 and Panasonic Toughbook 30F.

Tactical Systems' HD can handl;e rough terrain, climb common household stairs and tow up to a 300-pound load. It also has a range of 1,200 feet and an on-board video system that can capture eight hours of footage using a pan/tilt infrared video camera that operates in low-light conditions. It can capture images up to one mile away (line of sight).

Tactical Robots

If you think robots are just for bomb disposal, think again. Police robots are often used to handle IEDs, but they can be used in other arenas that are inhospitable to humans. Robots can be used to reach a barricaded subject or hostages and carry information or evidence back out without sending an officer into the line of fire. They can also provide enhanced surveillance and deploy lethal or less-lethal weapons.

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