November 2009 MHz Update: Money in Kentucky, fusion in Michigan, and data everywhere
The PoliceOne MHz Update provides a quick look into what’s current in mobile communications and computing for law enforcement. This month we look at news from Kentucky that state grant funds have been awarded to agencies in five counties so they may get mobile computers in their squad cars, a pair of announcements from companies that provide data-sharing and information management capabilities to the mobile law enforcement environment, and one last chance for you to add your comments to the FCC call for feedback on the 700MHz waiver requests. What do you think are the most important problems (or solutions) for mobile data and voice communications for law enforcement? Add your comments below or send us an e-mail.
Ky. Counties Get Grant Money for Mobile Computing
“Once the law enforcement agencies are provided with the MDCs, Buffalo Trace ADD hopes to secure grant money to provide other area first responders, such as fire departments and emergency medical services, with this equipment,” Melinda Charles a staff writer for the Ledger Independent, said in her report. “Earlier phases of the project are credited with putting MDCs to other police agencies in the area.”
Real-Time Information Solution for Officer Safety Announced
“Police officers on street patrol can now approach an individual or a motor vehicle with instant information and a warning cue as to the danger of the situation,” Mobile BIS President Michael Macho said in a written announcement. “It’s a tremendous boon to the officer’s safety and ensures that back-up requests are initiated before a dangerous situation develops.”
Mobile BIS’s law enforcement and public safety applications are reportedly in use in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, and New York.
Michigan Adds Data-Sharing Technology at Fusion Center
That platform, known as the Michigan Criminal Intelligence System (MCIS), will operate on the Memex information management, analysis, and search technology platform and will be operated by the Michigan State Police. The data-sharing technology will be used in the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center for Homeland Security (MIOC), the state’s fusion center. The MIOC is the 12th fusion center to select Memex as its foundation for intelligence and the sixth statewide deployment.
“Law enforcement in Michigan will benefit greatly from a common intelligence platform for information sharing as well as Memex’s engaging approach to commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software deployment and customer service,” said Neil Schlisserman, Vice President of Memex Americas.
HP Enterprise Services, one of the biggest technology services providers on the planet, is serving as sub-contractor, on the implementation.
Last Call for Comments on 700MHz Waiver Requests
The FCC spent the better part of a month and half collecting public comment on those thirteen petitions for waiver and the window to “comment on the comments” closes in less than one week (on November 16). If you haven’t made your contribution to the discussion, now is your last chance to do so. Any entity with a concern or observation on the matter is encouraged to send their remarks to the FCC.
Find out how to submit your comments in this PoliceOne Tech Tip.
As always, stay tuned!
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