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Rockwell Collins' iForce System Increases Situational Awareness for Officers

February 10, 2011  | 


Rockwell Collins' iForce system, which was unveiled at IACP 2010, allows officers to control radio, electronics and computer functions in their patrol vehicle using a single interface.

Initial customers for the iForce system include the California Highway Patrol and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the company announced.

The iForce design integrates radio, electronics and computer functions into a single user-friendly system that answers an officer's on-scene needs for communication, control and security while enhancing situational awareness.

"The iForce solution reflects the growing convergence of requirements for military and law enforcement solutions," according to Al Caslavka, vice president and general manager of Surface Solutions for Rockwell Collins. "With our experience in bringing the latest technology to military vehicles and soldiers, Rockwell Collins is uniquely positioned to deliver the same benefits to law enforcement officers."

So far, Rockwell Collins has delivered more than 3,000 iForce systems to customers in North America. 

The iForce system features a 13.3-inch touch screen display, voice activation and hand controller that allows control of multiple systems such as radios, sirens, public address, gunlocks and radar.

At the heart of the system is the Rockwell Collins computing module, an integrated vehicle and computer information management system that can be stowed in a trunk's space-saving rollout drawer, providing officers integrated real-time communications, electronics and computing in a cost, space and weight efficient package.

The solution also provides a P25 radio vehicle repeater system to repeat communications from the officer's hand-held radio through the vehicle's radios when the officer is outside the vehicle.

In addition to high-integrity processors for increased reliability, iForce features Rockwell Collins' signature modular open systems architecture which enables the incorporation of additional capabilities into the iForce system in the future.

In addition to high-integrity processors for increased reliability, iForce features Rockwell Collins' modular open systems architecture that enables the incorporation of additional capabilities in the future.

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Comments (3)

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Paul Ellis @ 2/15/2011 1:39 PM

Glad someone finally came up with a way to get some of the equipment moved out from between the seats. This is a big improvement in officer safety.

mick @ 5/30/2012 8:01 PM

This system does not work, do not be fooled by this article. It is an officer safety nightmare, the radio system is hard to operate or understand and the system keeps the officer attention off the road as he is always looking at the screen. It is a matter of time before someone will get hurt using this system. It is junk.

Ethan Hunt @ 8/30/2014 10:54 PM

This happen in December 2013 and it took till August 2014 for the officer to admit what really happen and it’s not the first time!
There have been many cases where officers have caused crashes using their touch screens.
The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department is launching a probe into the behavior of a deputy who was said to be typing on his computer when he hit and killed a cyclist in a BICYCLE LANE.
Deputy Andrew Wood was driving his patrol car on Mulholland Highway in December last year, when he was said to have entered the bike lane “as a result of inattention caused by typing into his MDC (mobile digital computer)”. And now were putting a touch screen in vehicles to operate all communication, radar and light option where all is taking the Officer’s eyes off the road. It’s illegal for civilians’ to text or be on the phone while driving as well as using a computer. What’s wrong with using an old fashion microphone to run a plate?
How many people are they allowed kill?

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