2013: A law enforcement odyssey

As times change, so do approaches to policing. Since the days of handheld radios the size of bricks, handwritten reports and bulging metal file cabinets housing manila case file folders, modern law enforcement has gone digital, biometric and analytical...


GIS integration, for example, enables video cameras, sensors, and other assets to be overlaid on the same map to give operators situational awareness and a better visual picture of unfolding situations. Surveillance center personnel receive complete information about events, which they can then manage through one system. Responses are also streamlined through automatic correlation (for example, between gunshot detection and video) and smart resource assignment (based on specific resource attributes such as availability, skills and location). The NICE Situator also provides operators with step-by-step guided action plans based on pre-defined response procedures. This minimizes the potential for human error.

These systems are currently being rolled out to law enforcement, but are already in use in many U.S. airports, seaports, utilities and other places.

EB Specialized Device Platform (SDP)

What is it? A versatile communications platform targeted to vertical markets.

Company: Elektrobit

What it does: Company Vice President Jani Lyrintzis says EB SDP based SmartPhones are the first smartphone devices to provide effortless roaming capability between FirstNet and its roaming partners (most likely Verizon and/or AT&T and/or T-Mobile, according to Lyrintzis) while providing the familiar Android user experience and capability to run Android apps. “With the LTE data rates, processing power and memory in the device, the officers can run (a) multitude of data-heavy applications, such as video streaming, and have practically the same connectivity and communications capabilities in their hands, as they have in their patrol vehicles,” says Lyrintzis.

These devices are currently available for demo and field trials.

MORIS Mobile Offender Recognition and Information System

What is it? Mobile biometric information for offender identification geared for smartphone use.

Company: BI-2 Technologies

What it does: Company President Sean Mullin says this technology will allow all levels of law enforcement, as well as military and intelligence organizations, to verify subject identity, criminal backgrounds and certain types of risk information, all with a central database. This smartphone technology provides iris, fingerprint, and facial recognition identification technology to local law enforcement and public safety officers, ranging from police officers, patrol deputies and detectives to probation and parole officers, and units specializing in serving warrants or handling sex offenders, all from virtually anywhere.

For example, if there is a question about an individual’s identity (such as a subject carrying no identification, or one with conflicting identification) and the individual is stopped, the iris ID will make for positive identification within seconds (along with a time, date, and GPS stamp). Says Mullin, “This can be critically important in situations where the individual is using a different identity to avoid detection for other crimes or risk factors.”

Matches takes place through Web-based iris, fingerprint and facial biometric databases and networks built and maintained by BI-2 Technologies. State and local agencies enroll suspects at booking. This ground-breaking technology is available now and already in use in some states.

Outerlink Uniquity

What is it? Satellite-based software that improves and expands an agency’s communications capabilities.

Company: Outerlink Global Solutions

What it does: Company executives, CEO Steve Durante and CTO Rod Danielson, say that since law enforcement officers often require the ability to communicate through a highly secure, centralized database, their product, Outerlink Uniquity, will provide a low-cost option that allows for mobile communications, regardless of network availability. The software will operate on next-generation, high-bandwidth satellites, and can run on smartphones and tablets, allowing law enforcement officers to communicate through one centralized database. Additionally, it will allow both voice and text communications, as well as the ability to view real-time situational awareness information across multiple domains.

This software should be available in three- to six-months, its release timed to coincide with the availability of the next-generation satellites with which it will operate.

 

A 12-year veteran of police work, Carole Moore has served in patrol, forensics, crime prevention and criminal investigations, and has extensive training in many law enforcement disciplines. She welcomes comments at carolemoore_biz@yahoo.com.

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