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      • How technology is improving frontline police officer safety Author: Tunde Williams

        Published 19 days ago by Paul Jeffs
        • Law Enforcement
        • TETRA
        • Police

        Every 6 minutes, a police officer in the UK presses their radio’s emergency button. With today’s TETRA digital radio technology, that single button press sets off a series of life-saving and automated actions:

        1. The officer’s location is shared with the control room
        2. The radio is assigned to an emergency talkgroup and given priority access to the network
        3. The radio’s microphone is activated, allowing colleagues to hear what’s happening

        It goes without saying that for officers on the frontline, the two-way radio is their communications lifeline.  Frontline safety is a continuum and for over 90 years Motorola Solutions has been at the forefront of innovation, advancing mission-critical radio technology and pioneering new areas of cognitive research that explore human performance in high-stress environments.

        As this new video highlights, technology advancement promises to further enhance the safety of frontline teams while also improving the effectiveness of incident response.

        Multi-constellation satellite support will help reduce incident response times
        A recent study by Loughborough University(1) highlighted achievable reductions in response times based on identifying the closest available resource. That study also showed potential improvements in response performance, from 94% to 97%, through the efficient use of frontline resources.

        An accurate personnel positioning mechanism is vital to realising faster incident response. Modern tracking technologies that are integrated in next generation TETRA radios are able to increase positioning accuracy through the use of more than one Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). In particular, the GPS-GLONASS dual-GNSS receiver can enable a location accuracy of less than 2m - compared with a typical accuracy of ~10m for a GPS single-GNSS system. The high positioning accuracy provided by combined GPS-GLONASS receivers is crucial in urban settings in particular, as it could help determine which side of a street an officer in need of help is situated, and help to ensure a faster response.

        Intelligent emergency alerting will improve officer safety in weak coverage areas
        Many police forces deploy TETRA repeater gateways to ensure communications in areas with limited coverage such as in remote rural locations and indoor environments.  Repeater gateways implementations are typically based on mobile (vehicle) radios and may not always be available during an incident response.

        For example, consider a police officer on a foot chase which leads into an underground car park.  While attempting to make an arrest, the suspect becomes violent and the officer tries to call for support using his radio. In such situations, lack of network coverage would put the officer’s personal safety at risk. To enhance personal safety, Motorola Solutions has developed an intelligent emergency alerting technology that will allow an emergency alert to be sent via direct mode (radio-to-radio communication) when a network signal is not present. As Motorola Solutions TETRA radios can be configured to scan both trunked mode talkgroups and direct mode talkgroups, colleagues within direct-mode range can receive the emergency alert and provide critical support to that officer. 

        Advanced noise suppression will enhance frontline communications
        Windy conditions and noisy environments, such as sporting events, can severely impact audio clarity, making it difficult for frontline officers to communicate effectively. While many officers are mandated to use ear-piece accessories for health and safety reasons, the radio’s microphone is often relied upon to transmit critical audio messages.

        Using noise suppression technology, the effects of wind and background noise can be minimised - resulting in improved audio intelligibility in difficult environments. To ensure high quality speech, Motorola Solutions has developed advanced noise suppression technology that also minimizes the effect of wind hitting the microphone. The end result is clearer communications and safer frontline officers.

        When selecting your next mission-critical TETRA radio, look for capabilities that enhance personal safety. We believe that safety is never too much.

        To find out more check out this video:

         

        …and visit our Frontline Safety website too:

        Frontline Safety

         

         

        Tunde Williams

        Tunde Williams is Head of Marketing for Europe, Middle-East and Africa

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        References: (1) - S. Dunnett, J. Leigh, L. Jackson, (2018), Optimising police dispatch for incident response in real time,  Journal of the Operational Research Society

      • Artificial Intelligence: Delivering Actionable Results Author: Alex Asnovich

        Published 26 days ago by Paul Jeffs
        • Video and Real Time Crime Center Solutions
        • Police
        • Border and Coastal Security

        Today, there are more cameras and recorded video than ever before. This has created a problem for security operators, who are struggling to keep pace. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a technology that can help overcome this challenge by being able to analyse more video data than humans ever possibly could. It is designed to bring the most important events and insight to users’ attention, freeing them to do what they do best: make critical decisions and then take action.

        Faster Search & Focused Attention
        Imagine using the internet today without a search engine. You would have to search through one webpage at a time, combing through all of its contents, line by line, to hopefully find what you’re looking for. That is what most video surveillance search is like today: security operators scan hours of video from one camera at a time in the hope that they’ll find the critical event they need to investigate further.

        The ability of AI to reduce hours of work to mere minutes is especially significant when we think about the gradual decline in human attention spans, thanks to the vast amount of information we’re now bombarded with and the continual flurry of digital distractions in the form of alerts, notifications and emails.

        Delivering Actionable Results
        There’s no denying it, the role of AI in security today is transformative. AI-powered video management software is helping to decrease the amount of time spent on surveillance, making security operators more efficient and effective at their jobs. By removing the need to constantly watch video screens and automating the “detection” function of surveillance, AI technology allows operators to focus on verifying and acting on critical events.

        When integrated throughout a security system, AI technology has the potential to dramatically change security operations. Just as high-definition imaging has become a quintessential feature of today’s surveillance cameras, the tremendous value of AI technology has positioned it as a core component of security systems today, and in the future.

        Looking to the Future
        The continued evolution of video analytics and AI will provide security personnel with even more powerful tools, resulting in smarter, safer cities. Powerful new tools are being created that will allow us to modify our approach to video search to help solve critical challenges facing areas such as border and customs security, secure government facilities and energy sites. With AI, we can deliver true actionable results, real-time alerts and automation, so that we are no longer constrained by our attention spans.

        Avigilon
        Avigilon was acquired by Motorola Solutions in March 2018. The acquisition brings advanced video surveillance and analytics to Motorola Solutions’ public safety, government and commercial customers.

        Hands-on with Avigilon
        Check out this video by my colleague Lukasz Pitera giving a practical demo of Avigilon AI in action for Public Safety:

         

        You can also learn more about Avigilon solutions on our website.

        Video Surveillance and Analytics

        Alex Asnovich

         

        Alex Asnovich is Vice President, Global Marketing and Communications, Avigilon

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      • Mission-Critical Videos - BAPCO and Critical Communications Europe 2019

        Published 33 days ago by Paul Jeffs
        • MOTOTRBO
        • TETRA
        • Emergency Medical Service (EMS)
        • Police
        • Fire

        I’d like to share some really engaging videos we shot at last week’s combined BAPCO and Critical Communications Europe, including some in-depth hands-on demonstrations of new solutions. I hope you find them interesting:

        Advancing The Lifeline at BAPCO and CC Europe 2019
        Check out this whistle-stop tour of this year's most important mission-critical event. Look out for the new Si200 bodyworn video camera, two-way radios, Avigilon video surveillance, purpose-built devices, key conference topics and more:

         

        New Si200 Bodyworn Camera and Digital Evidence Management
        Mike Williams takes us through a hands-on demo of CommandCentral Vault showing how video footage can be reviewed and analysed alongside, for example, gps location data and mapping. Mike follows this with a hands-on demo of the new Si200 bodyworn camera, shows how it can work with a companion device and finishes with a live demo of it working with CommandCentral Vault:

         

        Digital Policing with Pronto
        Norman Dixon gives us a hands-on demo of the Pronto Digital Policing application, showing how it replaces police officers' traditional paper and pen. Norman takes us through some of the applications and explains how Pronto enables police officers to spend more time supporting the public:

         

        Purpose Built Devices - Two-Way Radios and much more
        Sean Fitzgerald explains how Motorola Solutions has communications devices and infrastructure to suit every possible user. Whether its unlicensed, TETRA or DMR, Sean explains how users can take mobile and handheld devices, accessories and applications from across the portfolio to meet their own specific needs:

         

        Hands-on with Avigilon Video Surveillance and Self Learning Analytics
        Lukasz Pitera explains how Artificial Intelligence is used to keep cities and businesses safer -  addressing key public safety and security challenges. Lukasz goes on to give us a practical demonstration of how Avigilon video surveillance integrates with CommandCentral Aware, how analytics can be used to speed investigation, how Appearance Search can find target subjects rapidly and how self-learning analytics can be used to provide actionable alarms to police officers.

         

        Cloud - Based Control Rooms: CommandCentral Control Room Solution
        Mark Swift explains the benefits of moving your control room to a fully hosted environment and addresses key questions around deploying CommandCentral CRS: What are the advantages in scalabilty and flexibility? How can you ensure  reliability and resilience? What is the cost benefit?

         

        Motorola Solutions Kodiak Broadband Push-To-Talk
        Steve Beach introduces the Kodiak broadband solution and how it is used by carriers worldwide to provide LMR augmentation.Steve gives a hands-on demonstration of its standards-based mission critical push-to-talk functionality, including priority, pre-emption, quality of service, ambient listening, and emergency button integration.

         

        You can catch all these videos in one place on our BAPCO/CCE 2019 YouTube playlist too.

        I hope you enjoyed this selection.

        Paul Jeffs - Editor - Think Public Safety.

        Paul Jeffs
         

        Paul Jeffs is Public Safety Editorial Lead for Europe and Africa at Motorola Solutions.

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      • Digital Transformation: Challenges, Thinking, Actions Author: David Robinson

        Published Feb 01 2019, 3:12 PM by Paul Jeffs
        • The Future
        • Police
        • Command and Control

        It is clear that tough challenges still exist in achieving the technological change that deliver solutions to significantly improve efficiency and deliver benefits across a range of operational and corporate areas. However it is also clear that very positive moves are being made towards effective exploitation of solutions, as well as increased force collaboration, for example on record management systems. This information sharing is now enhancing, and enhanced by, the successful performance of mobile workforce applications such as Pronto, with all the efficiencies they are delivering.

        These points are made clear in the report released last week on the Fourth Digital Policing Summit. This summit, convened by Cityforum, brought together a senior community of interest (including national programme leaders, force technology bosses, chief officers, politicians, vendors and consultants) to discuss not just the challenges around digital transformation but thinking and actions to address them.

        We welcome the fact that the report acknowledges the need for closer collaboration, communication and partnerships with the Technology Vendor community. In this brave new world of defining the right technology to solve some of the current and future challenges faced by the emergency services, clear articulation and understanding of needs must be a positive step towards delivering solutions. Helping forces balance both community policing needs and national threats is obviously critical and whilst technology is a tool for change we also know that it can be viewed with concern by the public and even within blue light organisations. However, achieving rapid change and technology adoption may be key to responding not only to everyday resource challenges, but to external threats at the national level.

        For this to happen, public safety organisations need not just the best tools and data to meet their evolving needs, but also a partner with specialised knowledge and experience to identify ways of working never thought possible. Motorola Solutions is working with forces in the UK now, helping them to effect the technology transformation that we must all embrace in order to remain relevant and effective.

        You can download the summary report of the Fourth Annual Digital Policing Summit Perennial Changes and New Hope’ here.

        Cityforum Report

        With over 90 years experience of supporting the public safety community internationally and a 50 year history with the emergency services in the United Kingdom, we believe we are best placed to help meet evolving public safety needs. Do come and see our solutions for policing at forthcoming events including Security and Policing 2019 (Farnborough, 5/7 March), Senior Women in Policing (Birmingham, 6/7 March) and British APCO 2019 (Coventry, 12/13 March).

        David Robinson

        David Robinson is Head of Sales with Motorola Solutions

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      • TETRA Radios - How do you choose between compact and mission-critical? Author: Mike Williams

        Published Jan 10 2019, 9:25 PM by Paul Jeffs
        • TETRA
        • Law Enforcement
        • Emergency Medical Service (EMS)
        • Police

        Many of today’s radio users expect radios to be slim and lightweight. But won’t that mean compromising mission critical performance?

        As part of his VLOG series, Gert Jan Wolf recently interviewed my colleague Stuart Longley about the ST7500 Compact TETRA Radio. This interview shows, that in the case of the ST7500, there is no need to compromise mission-critical performance for compact design.

        Here are just a few highlights from the interview, in Stuart’s words:

        ’We don’t develop products in a vacuum, we’re always going out and speaking to our customers. And we always appreciate their feedback and use it to inform our roadmap. So it’s a combination of Motorola Solutions’ innovation and that voice of the customer data that’s really important to us to make sure we are meeting the market needs and doing things that customers really want us to do.’

        ‘…picking it up and using it without having had any training on this device. That’s one of the concepts behind it, that we don’t need to put people through complex training courses simply to pick up their radio and use it for their day to day tasks. It lets them focus on the tasks that are actually important to public safety officers, rather than worrying about the controls on their radio.’

        ‘It’s a fully waterproof radio, even with this back cover that’s removeable.’

        ‘There’s still a big opportunity out there for TETRA to grow as a Public Safety technology. There’s been lots of talk about broadband and how broadband’s going to change the landscape of Public Safety but people still need to talk to each other and narrowband radio technologies I believe still have a future.’

        Check out the complete interview on YouTube:

        ST7500 VLOG

         

        I hope you enjoyed watching the interview. It does show that there is no reason to compromise on mission-critical performance if you choose the right compact TETRA radio. You can find out more about the ST7500 radio at www.motorolasolutions.com/ST7500.

         

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      • 2018 - Top 6 Public Safety Videos

        Published Dec 14 2018, 5:44 PM by Paul Jeffs
        • TETRA
        • Command and Control
        • Law Enforcement
        • Police
        • Fire

        As the year draws to a close, let’s take a look at the new videos that have attracted the most views this year in Europe, Middle-East and Africa:

        1. Number one, with almost 10% of views is: Pronto Digital  Policing - West Yorkshire Police Case Study
        Putting Digital Technology On The Front Line - Ian Williams and the team at West Yorkshire Police explain how Pronto improves the efficiency of officers in the field and improves the accuracy and availability of intelligence…..

         

        2. Not far behind with almost 9% is: LEX L11 Handheld LTE at CCW
        Paul Wilson introduces the new LEX L11 handheld LTE device and highlights its unique design for Public Safety users including it's dedicated emergency button, talkgroup toggle, large PTT and much more...

         

        3. ST7500 Compact TETRA Radio Key Features - PMRExpo 2018
        Stuart Longley gets hands-on with the ST7500 and shows why he believes this device is going to be popular with Public Safety officers who 'want to concentrate on the task at hand' and why it is 'a device that takes them through to the future in the next generation of TETRA'.

         

        4. Missing Person Scenario – CommandCentral Control Room Solution In Action
        How can CommandCentral Control Room Solution help prevent a missing person call turn into a life threatening situation?CommandCentral CRS is a cloud-enabled solution that cuts cost and reduces risk.

         

        5. Equal 5th is this video shot at BAPCO 2018: Firefighters and Incident Command Connected Like Never Before at B-APCO 2018. Can Mixed Reality be an effective partner for improved Firefighter safety? Check out this live from B-APCO 2018: 

         

        6. Equal 5th is this video in German language featuring the MTP8000Ex ATEX TETRA radio: TETRA ATEX Funkgeräte der MTP8000Ex Serie für den Einsatz unter extremen Bedingungen (ATEX German):

         

        You can catch all these videos in one place on our Think Public Safety 2018 Top 6 Videos YouTube playlist.

        2018 videos

         

        I hope you enjoyed this round-up.

        Paul Jeffs - Editor - Think Public Safety.

        Paul Jeffs
         

         

        Paul Jeffs is Public Safety Editorial Lead for Europe and Africa at Motorola Solutions.

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