Public Safety IT

JAN-FEB 2012

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PublicSafety 2012 IWCE Product Showcase page 48 TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS FOR EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT & HOMELAND SECURITY PSIT Insider INTERNATIONAL APCO Global Congress in Dubai By PSIT Staff The second annual APCO Global Con- gress will take place May 1-3, 2012 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Page 4 FEATURES 2012 4G Wireless Outlook for Public Safety By PSIT Staff What will 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) user devices look like? Page 12 2012 Radio Outlook for Public Safety By PSIT Staff Learn about the latest radio offerings from industry leaders. Page 22 CASE STUDIES Rocky Mount, N.C. Police Leverage Gunshot Detection By PSIT Staff Gunshot detection with SST's ShotSpotter Flex increases situational awareness in Rocky Mount, N.C. Page 16 People Power Returns By Tim Burke iThinQware's iWatch app engages the community of Bridgeport, Conn. Page 38 L.A. County Sheriff's The Los Angeles County Sheriff's De- partment (LACSD) recently made the decision to get Panasonic Toughbook mobile computers for their entire fleet of patrol cars. When the program is fully implemented in approximately two years, more than 2,400 of the units will be deployed throughout the fleet. That's a lot of computers in a lot of police cars. Captain Scott Edson, Bureau Com- mander, Communications and Fleet Management Bureau, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department answered some questions about the program, in- cluding how the LACSD picked this Department Gets Tough By Tim Burke brand. "We scored several responses to our agency's needs in our Request for Proposal," Edson said, "and the Tough- book, integrated by Raytheon, scored the highest." The mobile computers used by deputies, and the system itself, were first deployed in patrol cars at LASD's Industry Sheriff's station, then Lancaster and Palmdale Sheriff's Station. Captain Edson further indicated that "they will continue station by station until all the stations and specialized units have them; about 35 facilities in all." Continued on page 6 Urban Shield: Preparedness at its best By PSIT Staff Ensuring communication among first responders, especially during a crisis situation, is a major challenge for public safety agencies. Interoperabil- ity is critical for success. The National Incident Management System (NIMS) defines preparedness as "a continu- ous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evalu- ating, and taking corrective action in an effort to ensure effective coordina- tion during incident response." This 'preparedness cycle' is one element of a broader National Preparedness Sys- tem to prevent, respond to, recover from, and mitigate natural disasters, Jan/Feb 2012 acts of terrorism, and other man- made disasters. Urban Shield is a national model, full-scale exercise, designed to assess Continued on page 20 Don't miss these and other PSIT Online-Exclusive Articles at! Brother Mobile RuggedJet The RuggedJet mobile printer allows law enforcement to print from any location. By PSIT Staff CODY's C.tac 5 CODY's C.tac 5 is a cloud-ready addition to the C.O.B.R.A. real-time information-sharing platform. By PSIT Staff 10 Tips For Being the BEST Police IT Manager Practical suggestions to help you be a dynamic IT manager. By Brad Brewer

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