There's the stuff that you would expect to see at any law enforcement exposition and there's the stuff that seems to have dropped out of a science fiction movie. And all of it has the potential to be important to what you do in contemporary policing.
December 23, 2013
Law enforcement agencies have been using in-car video cameras for a little more than two decades. The devices have defended officers against nuisance claims of abusive or even brutal behavior. But now some agencies are beginning to ask if in-car video systems have been made obsolete by officer-worn systems.
October 16, 2013
The public safety mobile data customer now needs fast and rugged. That's because of tools like automatic license plate readers (ALPR) and high-end computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems. That software requires state-of-the-art processing power. Fortunately, there are now plenty of computer makers willing and able to supply high-powered mobile computers for law enforcement.
October 24, 2011
These seven docking stations offer connectivity for Ethernet, USB, LAN and other options to take you beyond basic mounting solutions.
February 22, 2011
Every International Association of Chiefs of Police show kind of has its own vibe. Last year's show in Denver was all about vehicles. This year's show was much more subdued but there was still plenty of cool stuff on the show floor.
December 22, 2010
Much of this decision depends on what make and model of computer you have, what is broken, and/or what you need the computer to do that it isn't able to do now. Sometimes you can do a transplant, and in other situations the best thing is to let it go and give it a decent burial.
September 28, 2010
Have you ever played Technology Buzzword Bingo, or wanted to? It works like this: You get a bingo card with words instead of numbers in the boxes. The words include robust, mesh, cloud, scalable, 3.0, WiMAX, and WAN. Mark off a square every time you hear the salesman say one of the words. The first one to check off five in a row gets to throw the salesman out.
February 11, 2010
The most common question law enforcement officials ask me about computers is: "What kind of computer should I buy?" The best answer I have come up with so far is: "It depends."
November 30, 2009
The latest in-car computers and laptops for law enforcement.
October 1, 2008
The Panasonic Toughbook CF-U1's super-fast Intel Atom processor allows it to run all of the applications you'd have on an in-car computer, including full-function Microsoft XP and Microsoft Vista operating systems, in real time. You no longer have to pick and choose.
September 1, 2008
Frightening, instructional, oftentimes inspirational, and even entertaining videos come to us via a variety of dashboard cameras mounted inside America's law enforcement patrol vehicles.
April 1, 2008
There are reasons why Panasonic is the world's leader in the production and sale of ruggedized notebooks for law enforcement, the military, and business. One, Panasonic is a huge company with lots of resources for research and development. Two, the company has a strong reputation for quality and ergonomic design. And three, Panasonic just makes excellent products.
October 1, 2007
Time was that the only computer in a patrol car was the Casio calculator inside the duty bag of the driver. Now just a decade later, computers are so common in patrol cars that some have more than one.
October 1, 2006
There is no doubt that one of the major aspects of contemporary law enforcement is the ability to obtain information from the best sources, vet it thoroughly, and disseminate it quickly. The days of retrieving information from your desktop Rolodex are gone. And writing reports with pens and paper is also going the way of the dinosaurs. Computers have become an operational necessity.
May 1, 2005
Large trade shows can be overwhelming for everyone involved. They are a blur of seminars, awards banquets, industry schmooze sessions, and aisle after aisle of exhibits and demonstrations.
December 1, 2002