Law Enforcement Technology

JUL 2015

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Page 10 of 63 July 2015 Law Enforcement Technology 11 it, the smartphone is capable of doing everything that the MDT does, plus it can handle virtually all of the "radio" communications as well, if it has the right apps available and installed. When I asked Quinter and George about the future of law enforcement technology and where we might be in five or ten years, neither could offer Circle 6 on Reader Service Card COMPANY READER SERVICE NUMBER Impact Power Technologies 32 Motorola 33 Pryme Radio 34 For more information on these companies, circle the corresponding number on the Reader Service Card. M O R E I N F O R M A T I O N a confident answer. Ken Murphy of IPT did though; he said that we can count on seeing ever smaller and lighter tools equipped with ever more power- ful software applications powered by ever increasing—and someday pas- sively recharged—batteries. The end result, and most desired outcome, is a lightweight, very rugged, suitably sized device that is our phone, our radio, our MDT, our search engine, our data min- ing, data analysis and data reporting device. Murphy feels this device could be created today if the industry worked together to accomplish it. I don't know about you, but the idea of a full-service dispatch center (effec- tively) on my belt or in my pocket that processes all voice, text, image, video and other data and functions for an entire shift on a single charge gives me won- der. When I first put a radio on my belt in 1986 I never in my wildest dreams thought that we'd come so far so fast. ■ For everything law enforcement agencies are doing with technology today, far more technology is available ... that we're not using.

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