Arresting Development: Police Departments are Turning to IoT Wearables

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Arresting Development: Police Departments are Turning to IoT Wearables

Law Enforcement agencies on the whole are facing extraordinary challenges in today’s world. From riot prevention to responding to extreme threats and catastrophes, the police often risk their lives to perform highly dangerous tasks. In the face of increasing complexity in crime, terrorism and public safety, the demand for intelligent and reliable public-safety solutions is stronger than ever before. Thanks to the Internet of Things, police now are able to equip themselves with multifunctional IoT wearables during their mission to protect their safety while helping them improve the efficiency of tasks or operations. IoT wearable devices are now becoming a part of smart law enforcement solutions that can combat crime. In order to realize law enforcement digital transformation and help strengthen police capabilities, Fibocom offers high-performance and cost-effective wireless communication solutions to facilitate data transmission and communication during law enforcement through its LTE Cat 1 Module L610.

When people talk about smart wearables for law enforcement, the first thing that comes to mind should be body-worn cameras (BWC), which has been a popular IoT topic in recent years. A Body-worn camera is a mini video recorder which can be worn conveniently on police’s uniform with clips. It records everything that happens in an incident or during an investigation. Its video records can be stored in the cloud as references to crime evidence in the future. With its capability of wireless transmission through high-speed LTE network, body-worn cameras support real-time video sharing with the headquarters of law enforcement agencies. This gives commanders of a group mission better contextual information to understand the situation in an incident and implement appropriate strategies accordingly. In response to the public complaints about law enforcement services, the use of body-worn cameras also enhance the transparency, fairness as well as legitimacy of law enforcement.

Another IoT wearable that is widely available in law enforcement is Push to Talk over Cellular(PPToC). PPToC uses the existing LTE cellular network and does not need any additional infrastructure to cover larger areas, eliminating the geographical boundaries for effective communication. The high-speed LTE network also enables high-quality real-time communications via text, audio or video between individuals, groups and command centers, which shows a significant communication efficiency increase, especially in mission-critical tasks. Advancing to traditional walkie-talkies, these kinds of PPToC devices for police, by connecting to the cloud, can be easily managed through police central system or by smartphone apps to define groups by patrol areas or by missions, support multiple forms of instant communication, and automatically record and save on the cloud. The GNSS feature also allows each member of a group to understand the location of its team member.

Author: Tim Cole
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