Change is Inevitable…Even for Public Safety

Posted by Kendra Newlon

Monday, March 3, 2014

The advancement of technology comes with major overhauls in terms of how we communicate and learn, what keeps us safe, and how things are made. One of the biggest technological advances within the past decade is something we all probably see on a daily basis on our commute: Public Safety vehicles.

We’ve transitioned from a single light on the hood of the car, to the multiple individual lights, to a light bar, and now LED lighting. Some of these advances you might not have ever encountered, such as communication equipment and computer technology equipped within the vehicle.

These technology changes not only required police officers to learn to operate new equipment, but have also posed a challenge for the installers of said equipment.

Mike Falls, installation coordinator here at Chicago Communications, has noted the difference in how equipment has to be installed in today’s public safety vehicles, as opposed to those from nearly a decade ago. What’s the biggest change? How the vehicle is put together, thus is changing how installers have to take it apart to install radio equipment, computer systems, and light fixtures in the car.

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Tags: Chicago Communications, Public Safety Communications, Safety Solutions, Video Surveillance

Safe & Sound: Video Surveillance

Posted by Jill McNamara

Monday, September 10, 2012

      Video surveillance is transforming the way first responders react to emergency situations and helping keep cities safe. There are systems today that offer reliable and interoperable solutions for ROIP/VOIP communications, vigilant surveillance and HD video applications that improve detection of potential threats. 

     One particular project that continues to capture the cutting edge technologies dedicated to advancing surveillance is the Bosch Safe & Sound Security and Audio Tour.

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Tags: Technology, Safety Solutions, Video Surveillance

Keep Your Cops Out of Court!

Posted by Jill McNamara

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Serve and Protect Your Police Force with In Car Digital Video Recording

     First things first. For those non-believers and late-bloomers still thinking, “Why record video?” Think about disputes between offenders and officers…how do you determine what really happened? What about all those court dates for minor offenses that are keeping officers in court instead of out on patrol. Think about all the liability risks that come with civilians, old and young, using smartphones with cameras that can record YOU. These devices and applications tie to the lawsuits you may hear about in the news where offenders are giving officers a bad name[such as this situation in Milwaukee]. Are you keeping up with these concerns? How are you addressing them? While smartphones and instant communication may have started predominantly with the younger generation, it has prevailed across the board in all agencies and to people of all ages. Technology continues to evolve at such high speeds that you can no longer afford to refute the revolution. Besides, with the constant change of technology, digital video isn’t really a luxury anymore, it’s becoming a necessity.

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Tags: Technology, Next Generation Public Safety, Video Surveillance