Improving efficiency and reducing cost
As law enforcement agencies across the nation are called on to do more with less, this latest generation of wireless technology also offers new tools to manage operations and reduce costs.
Software such as In Motion's onBoard Mobility Manager can continuously collect and analyze information from appropriately equipped vehicles to provide dispatchers, IT staff and fleet managers with a dashboard of information about vehicles, networks and devices, and a suite of management tools.
For example, a telemetry module lets fleet managers monitor and receive alerts triggered by pre-set thresholds for gas mileage, operating hours, engine temperature, fuel and coolant levels, idle times, speed and other functions. This allows departments to effectively schedule maintenance, reduce breakdowns and save money by monitoring and improving vehicle and driver efficiency.
Other features allow IT staff to remotely and securely "reach through," troubleshoot and upgrade connected communications devices without taking vehicles or personnel off the road. And the coverage and performance reporting functionality allows departments to monitor the mobile network and analyze cellular coverage to achieve the most reliable wireless communications.
Such mobile data software can create a single, end-to-end mobile communications and management system that can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of police departments and usher in the next generation of crime fighting tools.
With mobile data implemented, vehicles can work together to create a wide area network and allow first responders to connect, communicate, coordinate and overcome many of the challenges faced at large-scale incident scenes like Hurricane Katrina and 9/11.
Michael Rubin writes on mobile wireless issues for In Motion Technology. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.