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Spotlight: TBL Systems, Inc. creates cutting-edge mobile solutions for the LE community

TBL Systems, Inc. aims to provide 'best available technology' to first responders


Company Name: TBL Systems, Inc.
Headquarters: Claremont, Calif.
Signature Product: A mobile app officers can use to create reports and issue citations on tablet devices 
Website: http://www.thinbluereports.com/

1. Where did your company name originate from?

TBL Systems, Inc. was conceived by DOD systems integration engineers and Law Enforcement professionals. 

2. What was the inspiration behind starting your company?

The Law Enforcement professionals were frustrated by the many expensive and difficult to deploy technologies available to them.  The engineers came up with a solution that we are excited to be a part of.

3. What is your signature product and how does it work?

eCitation, Mobile Reporting and Digital Evidence.

An application can be downloaded on an iPhone or iPad.  Modules such as eCitation, Crash Reporting, Tow Forms, Case Reporting and/or Digital Evidence Management are distributed to each account as needed.  A CJIS compliant web-based database (cloud or on-premise) is then created to house and disseminate all repot data using TBL’s proprietary RESTful API.  Reports can also be generated, edited, quality controlled and reviewed in the portal allowing for rapid creation of reports and adjudication of cases. Courts and Prosecuting Attorneys can also access appropriate information in the portal.  

4. Why do you believe your products are essential to the Police community?

Law Enforcement technology is comprised of many types of technologies that don’t communicate well or at all.  Additionally, mobility has been limited historically, due in large part to CJIS Security Policies prior to 2013.  Many Law Enforcement activities are mobile in nature and require more nimble and scalable tools that are newer and easier to deploy.

5. What has been the biggest challenge your company has faced?

The biggest challenge has been the reluctance of some in the LE community to consider the significant benefits of updated mobile platforms.  There are, however, a very large number of leaders within the law enforcement family that see the benefits and have adopted the TBL platform.

6. What makes your company unique?

We have a unique mix of capabilities that derive from within law enforcement as well as a very talented technical team.  We also look at our work as a calling and are not simply here to make a living. We are passionate about truly enabling officers with better tools to protect the public, increase officer safety and reduce data errors.

7. What do your customers like best about you and your products?

Ease of use and simple, yet robust interfaces. Traffic and Patrol officers tell us all the time that they like the ability to clear accidents and create reports faster than before.

8. What is the most rewarding part of serving the first responder community?

The most rewarding part of our jobs is interacting with law enforcement professionals, from officer to Chief, on a daily basis.  We are heartened to be providing the best available technology to our first responders!

9. Do you support any charitable organizations within public safety?

We support the 100 Club and various First Responder charities across the country.  We believe in giving back to the officers and families that sacrifice so much.

10. Is there any fun fact or trivia that you’d like to share with our users about you or your company?

We are working on a program to bring autonomous drones from DOD only to the civilian law enforcement community.  It’s a very interesting project and we are excited about it.

11. What’s next for your company? Any upcoming new projects or initiatives?

We just launched the iPhone version of the app which lowers the cost of deployment for departments and allows leverage of a tool that we all use.  We will be announcing an embedded MDC hardware platform with the leading police vehicle manufacturer in the U.S.  Stay tuned for details!

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