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Computers Built Cop Tough

Computers Built Cop Tough

Agencies wishing to avoid downtime and the cost of re-installing software into their devices now can choose from a wide variety of makes and models of rugged and semi-rugged machines from a number of different makers. Here's a look at some devices that are probably not 100% cop proof but can take a beating.

October 29, 2015

Cyber Security: Locking Down the Databases

Cyber Security: Locking Down the Databases

Computer security is one of the primary concerns for many of the nation's companies and government agencies. Billions of dollars is spent each year on preventing external threats from entering protected networks. But the sad truth is that most computer network breaches are caused by sloppy internal security policies and procedures.

August 8, 2014

Computer Forensics in the Digital Age

Computer Forensics in the Digital Age

Advances in technology have made it possible for any officer, with minimal training, to retrieve digital evidence at the crime scene and utilize it for investigative purposes.

February 17, 2012

Mobile Computers: Central Processing Units

Mobile Computers: Central Processing Units

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

In-Car Computers: Upgrade or Replace?

In-Car Computers: Upgrade or Replace?

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

How to Buy Mobile Data Products

How to Buy Mobile Data Products

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

Buying Ruggedized Computers

Buying Ruggedized Computers

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

Rugged and Ready

Rugged and Ready

This year Dell is working hard to become a player in law enforcement mobile data systems. Dell's second generation fully rugged laptop, the Latitude E6400 XFR, is not only tough; it's fast.

May 1, 2009

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