04/23/2004

Utah computer system racks its patrol cars on video display

By Michael N. Westley
The Salt Lake Tribune

At first glance, Sandy, Utah Police Department''s new Auto Vehicle Locator may look like a video game, with little cars zipping around a map of the city on a computer screen. But a closer look reveals that this new addition to the city''s technological arsenal is aimed at increased efficiency and safety for officers on the street.

The Auto Vehicle Locator (AVL) is a tracking system that shows the position of active duty cars on a mapped computer screen. Not only can an officer at the command post see this activity, but officers in their cars can see the same screen as well.

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