Learn How Innovative Technology is Helping Law Enforcement Stay Connected

Dec. 17, 2020
What if a user could carry a solution in a large backpack or by a handle like a briefcase/hardcase? How about a reasonably compact unit that creates an effective hot spot?

No matter where you are in the country today, as you perform your duties as a law enforcement professional, digital connectivity is required. We depend on data transmission to access records and information far too much to function without secure and dependable connectivity. The challenge we have is that there are also plenty of remote places where the necessary connectivity is either non-existent or too weak to really serve our needs.

Consider the Border Patrol agents working in fairly remote areas with little to no data / cellular coverage. Consider the Game Warden or Fish and Wildlife Officer working in a federal park wherein the topography blocks what little signal there might be. Consider the Marine Patrol units who work on the water and while their radio might reach to ask for assistance, their connectivity for cellular data depends on a satellite connection (if they even have that option). With so much efficiency generated by a strong data connection, enabling access to “big data,” how do we resolve the challenge of areas that have little or weak connectivity available?

Law enforcement and other public safety services have searched for a solution to such challenges for at least two decades (if not longer). There are options available, but few are convenient and portable. Portability absolutely matters. Users must be able to easily get the solution to where it is needed. An example: one military solution required mounting a 3-meter satellite dish on top of a communications unit, which was mounted on a high mobility vehicle. That’s hardly compact or convenient – or easy to get for the officer who is too far from the nearest cell tower to get service strong enough to support normal data demands.

Is there a better way? What if a user could carry a solution in a large backpack or by a handle like a briefcase/hardcase? How about a reasonably compact unit that creates a hot spot anywhere with even reduced cellular connection? If you can carry it there and can get a signal then you can have LTE data coverage? How impactful would it be to have portable, instant LTE coverage?

Island Tech Services is pleased to present the ELLIOT and the CHAMP Portable Emergency Connectivity Units. The ELLIOT is the more compact of the two and therefore the easier to transport. Because of the smaller size, some of the capabilities provided in the unit are limited – approximately by half – as compared to the CHAMP.

The ELLIOT provides a fairly compact (11.9”x8.6”x4.8”) portable case which contains an integrated 5-in-1 antenna that optimizes signal built into the case lid. It also holds the mobile LTE router and battery pack (27,000 mAH battery for longer run times in the field). The mobile router features Gigabit-class LTE connectivity along with Ethernet and Wi-Fi options in the durable carrying case. The system is supported / back up by GPS for location tracking – current or historical – and Cloud Management Software of the Router and Connectivity. The system requires zero ground connection for management and operation. That matters when you’re in the field with… well, zero ground connections available.

The CHAMP really takes the concept of portable and stand-alone mobile hot spot connectivity to another level. Measuring 15”x12/4”x7” it’s a bit larger than the ELLIOT but not significantly so. There are still plenty of packs that can hold it and while the overall weight of the units hasn’t been published (as yet), the fact that it comes with a single carry handle makes it obvious that it’s light enough for the average person to carry it in one hand. Therefore, putting it in a backpack for carrying it longer distances is an easy solution as well.

The CHAMP case lid incorporates a 9-in-1 antenna supporting Dual LTE router and battery pack. The internal antennas in the CHAMP include double MIMO LTE, double MIMO Wi-Fi and GNSS external waterproof antennas. Just like the ELLIOTT, the CHAMP features a mobile router with Gigabit-class LTE connectivity, but it steps up the other options with four Ethernets and Wi-Fi in the case. It enjoys the same Cloud Management Software for the Router and Connectivity but the battery itself is double in capacity: a full 54,000 mAH battery capacity. That really extends your operational life in the field.

Both the ELLIOTT and the CHAMP have an operational temperature range of -40° to 85°C (-72°F to 185°F) and, when closed, an IP67 waterproof rating. Both connect to multiple bands for major cellular carriers to include Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint.

Given the design features, size and capabilities of the units, the ELLIOT and CHAMP are ideally suited to perform where you demand when you demand, without support from any ground connectivity. The next time your agency has a call out for a search and recovery operation or a special enforcement assignment in an austere environment, consider the increase in efficiency that might be created through the use of one of these two mobile hot spot units.

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