Public Safety

5G in Public Safety

Embracing 5G in Public Safety – On-demand Webinar

Officers, firefighters and paramedics alike need secure, reliable and fast communications. They rely on one router to connect the increasing number of critical devices in their vehicle back to HQ. That’s where Sierra Wireless comes in with three of its newest XR devices using 5G for public safety. 

This on-demand webinar keeps public safety viewers up to date with the changing wireless environment by exploring: 

  • 5G’s frequency bands and coverage they each offer. 
  • Sierra Wireless’ new XR90, XR80 and XR80 LTE routers. 

5G in Today’s Marketplace 

5G is the fifth generation of wireless technology and offers the fastest speeds yet. 5G providers offer services in a combination of spectrums. We’ll take a closer look at high-band, mid-band and low-band and explore what each provides. 

High-band: Also called millimeter wave (mmWave), this band includes frequency of 24 GHz and higher. It is compatible only with 5G technology and it the next iteration of cellular service. High-band allows for mission-critical information like video footage to uploaded 10x faster than previous generations of technology. The higher frequency does not travel as far as other bands and is most populated in dense and congested areas. 

Mid-band: This includes frequency bands between 1 GHz to 6 GHz. It provides good speed and reliable coverage over significant distances. This is in part due to its improved penetration through structures. Mid-band is often deployed to bridge the gap between high-band and low-band spectrums for smooth speed and coverage. Mid-band at upper frequencies can be compatible with both 4G and 5G technology while the lower frequencies are compatible with 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G networks.  

Low-band: This includes frequency bands in the 600 MHz to 1 GHz range. It provides low speed with widespread coverage and easy penetration through windows and walls. Low-band is commonly deployed in critical infrastructures such as wind farms or the gas and oil industry. Low-band is compatible with 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G networks. 

Sierra Wireless’ 5G Updates

The latest Sierra Wireless XR routers are compatible with 5G to ensure departments are ready for the future of connectivity. 5G devices enable faster throughput speeds, more capacity, better latency and higher bandwidth once 5G service is activated. Any of these products give departments a strategic position to capture what they need today as well as in the future.  

XR 90: A single or dual carrier 5G enabled router that is compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile and British Telecom networks. View Spec Sheet 

XR 80: A single or dual carrier 5G enabled router that is compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile networks. View Spec Sheet 

XR80 LTE: A single carrier 4G enabled router with optional dual LTE cellular. View Spec Sheet 

The wireless environment is ever-changing. Stay up to date with the latest technology trends so your department is the best – and safest – it can be.  

Watch now to further explore how 5G enabled Sierra routers can benefit your fleet. 

 

Ready for more information on 5G enabled devices? Visit Brite’s Communication page. 

FirstNet MegaRange for Departments

Does Your Department Need FirstNet MegaRange?

Many departments have expanded coverage and increased reliability with help from FirstNet MegaRange. It sounds like a great addition – but does your department really need it? To answer this question you must first fully understand the details of FirstNet MegaRange. 

What is FirstNet MegaRange?

Built by AT&T, FirstNet was originally created as a dedicated broadband communications platform for public safety and first responders. While occasionally used commercially, FirstNet’s purpose has pretty much remained the same – to be used for public safety and first responders. By early 2021, new high-power user equipment (HPUE) was created to work on the Band-14 spectrum on the FirstNet platform. The HPUE was dubbed FirstNet MegaRange and it has been making a name for itself by transmitting stronger signals and significantly improving uplink data speeds. 

What’s So Great About FirstNet MegaRange?
Why is an HPUE like FirstNet MegaRange needed? It’s because it improves connectivity and throughput of data services to cellular towers. In FirstNet’s case, specifically AT&T cellular towers. What this means is increased reliable connectivity, especially in remote regions or areas that are on the edge of typical signal coverage.  

In other words, communication gets better. And better communication means everyone is safer.  

Does My Department Need FirstNet MegaRange?

Better coverage and reliability are certainly a strong plus for FirstNet MegaRange. Before jumping on board, take a moment to determine if this HPUE is truly a good fit for your department.

YES

Many departments benefit from FirstNet MegaRange. These are departments that often find themselves on the outskirts of signal coverage in areas such as:  

  • Remote, rural and tribal regions that are prone to poor connectivity and even blackouts.
  • Maritime scenarios for search and rescue marine operations. 
  • Metropolitan areas or urban canyons where structures are too dense for signals to travel through. 
  • Building shadows or coverage holes such as tunnels, basements, elevators, stairwells and parking garages. 

If your fleet is frequently responding or patrolling in areas such as these, the answer is simple: yes, your department would benefit from FirstNet MegaRange. Improved connectivity results in better communication with dispatchers. This provides safer situational awareness for officers out in the field and quicker backup during tough calls. It offers better treat-in-place medical care and a reduction in the number of hospital visits for ambulance and EMS teams. All this bolsters safety and health for officers, EMS providers and the community. 

NO

We’ll be honest with you. Not every department is a good candidate for FirstNet MegaRange. If your fleet does not typically go to areas on the edge of signal coverage resulting in reduced connectivity, chances are your budget could be better spent elsewhere. FirstNet MegaRange is a major investment and unless you’re going to get good use out of it, you will not get a decent return on investment. It is truly meant for departments who suffer regularly from poor connectivity, coverage and reliability. Bottom line, if connectivity isn’t an issue, you don’t need it.

In Conclusion
FirstNet MegaRange increases connectivity and reliability in remote regions or areas that are on the fringe of typical signal coverage. This heightened communication results in an increase in public safety. While many departments benefit from FirstNet MegaRange, it is not suitable for every fleet. Only those who truly need it should make the investment. 

Find out more about Brite’s connectivity solutions. 

2022 getac screen size buyers guide

The 2022 Getac Buyer’s Guide: Find Your Perfect Screen Size

2022 brings even more technological advancements making it harder than ever to choose the right mobile data terminal (MDT) for your department. Many departments first start their evaluation by selecting a laptop, tablet or notebook screen size because it plays a critical role in the functionality and portability of the device. Equally as important are durability, weight, battery life and security.  

Check out our review of seven top rugged and semi-rugged Getac screen sizes to determine which is best suited for your department’s needs whether you’re patrolling on a motorcycle, in an upfitted police cruiser or responding on scene in an ambulance. 

Getac Screen Sizes

Let’s take a look from the smallest screen to the largest, each with its own set of perfect applications. 

T800 – 8.1” Fully Rugged Tablet  

Getac T800Quick Take: The T800’s 8.1” screen fits within smaller vehicles, but don’t be fooled. This tablet still comes fully rugged with the full Windows Pro operating system. It includes four touch modes (Touch, Glove or Pen mode plus an optional Digitizer mode).  

Perfect Fit: This Getac screen size is great for motorcycles.

Dimensions 

  • 8.93″ x 5.94″ x 0.94″ (W x D x H) 
  • 1.94 lbs 

Key Features 

  • Optional 4G LTE cellular data 
  • Intel WiFi 6 AX200, 802.11ax 
  • Sunlight-readable display 
  • Class-leading battery life 
  • Designed to fit in one hand 
  • Security features including multi-factor authentication 

Max Configuration 

  • Intel® Atom Processor x7-Z8750 1.6GHz, burst up to 2.56GHz 

UX10 – 10” Fully Rugged 2-in-1 

Getac UX10Quick Take: The versatile and portable UX10 has all the benefits of a lightweight tablet with a fully detachable keyboard. This tablet comes with several accessories like the optional hard handle for easy grip and integrated fingerprint reader. Best of all, it is durable enough to withstand extreme conditions such as hot and cold temperatures and 6-feet drops.  

Perfect Fit: The UX10’s screen size works well with motorcycle patrol and ePCR.

Dimensions 

  • 10.89″ x 7.65″ x 0.92″ (W x D x H) 
  • 2.68lbs 

Key Features  

  • Optional 4G LTE cellular data 
  • Intel® WiFi 6 AX200 WiFi  
  • Digital connectivity through Bluetooth 
  • Stays connected indoors and outdoors 
  • Offers a selection of battery options 
  • Sunlight-readable display 
  • Rain and glove touch screen capability 

Max Configuration  

  • Intel® Core™ i7-10610U vPro Processor 1.8GHz Max. 4.9GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 
  • Available ports: Audio in/out combo x 1, DC in Jack x 1, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A x 1, HDMI 1.4 x 1, Docking connector x 1 

F110 – 11.6” Fully Rugged Tablet  

Getac F110Quick Take: Slim yet fully rugged, this tablet provides a great stay-in-vehicle solution. It includes an office dock, rotating hand strap with kickstand and a detachable keyboard for comfortable typing. The touchscreen is 26% brighter, readable and easy to use with fingers, gloves or stylus.  

Perfect Fit: The F110 Getac screen size is a match for patrol vehicles and ePCR.

Dimensions 

  • 12.4″ x 8.15″ x 0.98″ (W x D x H) 
  • 3.35lbs 

Key Features 

  • Optional 4G LTE cellular data 
  • Intel® WiFi 6 AX200 
  • Digital connectivity through Bluetooth 
  • Comfortable touchscreen or split-screen experience 
  • Easy to carry 
  • 40 Gbps data sharing with other devices 

Max Configuration  

  • Intel® Core™ i7-1185G7 vPro™ Processor
    Max. 4.8GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 
  • Available ports: Audio in/out combo x 1, DC in Jack x 1, Thunderbolt™ 4 Type-C x 1, USB 3.2, Gen 2 Type-A x 1, Docking connector x 1 

V110 – 11.6” Fully Rugged Convertible Notebook 

Getac V110Quick take: Thin, light, yet widescreen this notebook offers a top-notch performance. A convertible style keeps the keyboard attached at all times making it easy to use whenever and wherever. Bonus: Commonly mounted in-vehicle as a tablet with detached ergonomic keyboards.  

Perfect Fit: This Getac screen size is a fit for patrol vehicles and ePCR.

Dimensions 

  • 12.32″ x 9.37″ x 1.53″ (W x D x H) 
  • 4.63 lbs 

Key Features 

  • Optional 4G LTE cellular data 
  • Intel® WiFi 6 AX200, 802.11ax 
  • Digital connectivity through Bluetooth 
  • Sunlight-readable display 
  • 4 advanced touch modes (touch, glove or pen mode, plus an optional digitizer mode) 
  • Main chassis is magnesium alloy – strong yet light 
  • Full size, waterproof membrane keyboard 

Max Configuration  

  • Intel® Core™ i7-10610U vPro™ Processor 1.8GHz Max. 4.9GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 
  • Available ports: Audio in/out combo x 1, DC in Jack x 1, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C x 1, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A x 2, LAN (RJ45) x 1, HDMI 1.4 x 1, Serial port (9-pin; D-sub) x 1, Docking connector x 1 

K120 – 12.5” Fully Rugged Tablet 

Getac K120Quick take: As user preference shifts towards larger screens, the bigger and brighter displays meet those needs. This easy-to-use tablet comes with an attachable full size backlit keyboard. Load, save and transfer data at fast speeds and easily share data with other devices. 

Perfect Fit: The K120 is great inside patrol vehicles.

Dimensions 

Tablet: 

  • 12.97″ x 9.37″ x 0.94″ (W x D x H) 
  • 3.75lbs 

Tablet & Optional Keyboard Dock: 

  • 13.40″ x 12.10″ x 1.85″ (W x D x H) 
  • 6.9lbs 

Key Features  

  • Optional 4G LTE cellular data 
  • Intel® WiFi 6 AX201, 802.11ax 
  • Digital connectivity through Bluetooth 
  • Sunlight-readable display 
  • Touch input by pen, finger, glove or digitizer (optional) 
  • Certified with the IP66 and military-grade MIL-STD 810H standards 
  • Works in temperatures from -29°C to +63°C (-20°F to 145°F)  

Max Configuration Specs 

  • Intel® Core™ i7-1185G7 vPro™ Processor Max. 4.8GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 
  • Available ports: Audio in/out combo x 1, DC in Jack x 1, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A x 1, Thunderbolt™ 4 x 1, LAN (RJ-45) x 1, HDMI 2.0 x 1, Docking connector x 2 

 B360 – 13” Extreme Rugged Notebook 

Getac B360Quick Take: This notebook is built for those in the field with extreme conditions. A perfect balance of light yet strong, portable yet durable, the B360 will withstand conditions including rain, dust, shock and vibration. It even has an optional salt fog certification. Also, the Getac B360 can be configured with integrated 5G.  

Perfect Fit: The B360 is a match for patrol vehicles.

Dimensions 

  • 13.46” x 11.06” x 1.37” (W x D x H) 
  • 5.11lbs 

Key Features 

  • 5G compatible 
  • Intel® WiFi 6 AX200, 802.11ax 
  • Digital connectivity through Bluetooth 
  • Sunlight-readable display and clear image at night 
  • Touchscreen is responsive to finger, pen or glove 
  • Easily transitions between vehicle and field environments 
  • Multi-factor authentications including an HF RFID reader, smart card reader and face-authentication  

Max Configuration Specs 

  • Intel® Core™ i5-10210U Processor 1.6GHz Max. 4.2GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 
  • Available ports: PowerShare USB 2.0 x 1, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A x 2, LAN (RJ45) x 1, HDMI 1.4 x 1, Docking connector x 1 

A140 – 14” Fully Rugged Tablet 

Quick Take: The spacious 14” display with wide viewing angles gives you plenty of space to see and work with the added perk of less scrolling. The dual battery design offers the potential for uninterrupted battery life when you’re on the go and there are a handful of carrying and mounting options to choose from.   

Perfect Fit: This Getac screen size fits well in larger patrol vehicles and fire apparatus.

Dimensions 

  • 14.58″ x 9.76″ x 1.279″ (W x D x H) 
  • 5.07lbs 

Key Features 

  • Advanced 4G LTE 
  • Intel® WiFi 6 AX201, 802.11ax 
  • Digital connectivity through Bluetooth 
  • Sunlight-readable display 
  • Multi-factor authentication including Windows Hello and Microsoft Passport 
  • Fingerprint scanner 
  • Front and rear cameras 

Max Configuration Specs 

  • Intel® Core™ i7-10610U vPro Processor 1.8GHz Max. 4.9GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 
  • Available ports: Audio in/out combo x 1, DC in Jack x 1, USB 2.0 x 1, USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A x 1, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C x 1, HDMI 1.4 x 1, LAN(RJ45) x 1, Docking connector x 1 

 In Conclusion

So many variables come into play when selecting an MDT for your fleet. Be sure to include laptop and tablet screen size in your decision as it impacts the functionality and portability of the device – use this Getac guide as a starting point in your quest. From there, get in touch with the team at Brite who is always here to serve you. Our representatives will work with you to identify your needs, explore solutions, provide product demos and so much more.  

Ready to get cruising? 

Contact a Brite Getac Rep today! 

BWC Mounts & Clips for GVS BC-02

5 Body-Worn Camera Mounts and Clips for the Getac Video Solutions BC-02

Getac Video Solutions’ BC-02 body-worn camera provides one of the smallest and lightest devices in the industry. Its tiny yet still mighty size makes this BWC portable, discreet and allows officers to complete their duties without compromising recordings. Equally as important this BWC is comfortable with flexible BC-02 mounts and clips that allow officers versatility when it comes to wearing BWCs.

Getac Video BC-02 Product Details

The Getac BC-02 body-worn camera offers panoramic views complete with HD video, even in poorly lit conditions. A solid battery life and chock full of communication features provides an officer with complete situational awareness.

GVS: Getac Body-Worn CameraFeatures:

  • Automatic triggering
  • In-field tagging
  • High-fidelity audio
  • Built-in WiFi, Bluetooth & GPS
  • Rugged & Waterproof

Specs:

  • Field of view: 120 degrees
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Recording time: >12 hours
  • Dimensions: (WxDXH) 2.98” x 2.01” x 0.93”
  • Weight: 4.59 oz
  • I/O Interface: Docking x 1

The BC-02 currently offers five solutions for mounts and clips. Let’s take a look at each option.

BC-02 Mounts and Clips

Chest mount in place, ready to slide the BC-03 or BC-02 camera onto the mount rails to attach the BWC.1. Chest Mount

The chest mount sits front and center and at the officer’s chest height, capturing a wide view of everything in front of the officer. The mounting plate is designed to weave between the center buttons of a standard button-down shirt.

 

GVS BC-02 MOLLE Mount's mounting plate slides into the elastic bands to attach to the MOLLE mount.2. The MOLLE Mount

The MOLLE mount may be exactly what is needed for departments outfitted with industry standard MOLLE utility tactical vests or equipment. Simply slide the mounting plate into the elastic bands to attach the MOLLE mount.

 

GVS BC-02 Magnetic Mount's metal plate sits behind the fabric and another magnetic metal plate is placed outside the uniform. 3. Magnetic Mount

As far as mounts and clips go, this one is rated highly thanks to its functionality. This mount can be used in multiple locations. One metal plate is positioned behind the fabric and another magnetic metal plate is placed on the outside of the uniform. Don’t worry about it slipping – the inside plate is curved so the top plate securely sits inside of it.

 

The GVS BC-02 Chest Clip has an alligator clip with a magnetic tip to help keep it closed.4. Chest Clip

A go-to clip for many departments. This chest clip is upgraded with an alligator clip with a magnetic tip to help keep it closed.

 

GVS BC-02 Pocket Mount slips into uniform shirt pocket with pin at the bottom to attach it to the uniform.5. Pocket Mount

The pocket mount slips into most uniform shirt pockets. For stability, there is a pin at the bottom to attach it to the uniform. Keep in mind this option is best suited for latched, covered pockets.

In Conclusion

The five mounts and clips above allow law enforcement officers to choose the best fit for them. Wearing correct mounts and clips is important for officers’ comfortability, and it is also essential for the quality of recordings. All in all, an appropriate fit means higher levels of safety for everyone.

Ready to learn more about BWC mounts and clips? Contact us and a trusted representative from our Public Safety team will be in touch shortly.

Check out the new GVS BC-03 mounts and clips.

 

Stadium Safety Playbook: Guide to Game Day Technology

While everyone is talking keys to the big game and what each team needs to do to secure that championship, we’re here to talk about stadium safety. Discover the tools and technology local law enforcement and stadium execs can use to prep, manage and secure attendees on game day.

The logistics of game day operations

The sheer volume of people alone triggers logistical issues.  Aspects such as traffic flow, parking and entry maintenance can cause significant delays impacts to the day.  Add additional hiccups and things could quickly derail – think the Atlanta Falcons in 2017 – but in terms of things such as medical emergencies, player and team security or dangerous weather conditions.  

So how do stadiums manage big events? By implementing a suite of real-time intelligence tools to get a constant feed of the latest updates to make informed decisions on-the-go.  

Brite’s playbook of intel tools for stadium safety

Live Earth

Live Earth’s geospatial technology provides situational awareness and real-time insights by integrating multiple data feeds on a single screen.  Data allows for stadium personnel to manage all incidents from one spot, while staying connected to those posted in different areas. 

Potential feeds include:

  • Weather
  •  Parking Garages
  • CAD systems

Read about Live Earth in action here.

AeroDefense 

AeroDefense is a drone detection program enabling the tracking of drones and incidents.  In the past, stadiums have been targets of drone infiltration.  Unauthorized drones create disruption and potential safety concerns for attendees. AirWarden has the capabilities to detect the drone and pilot to ensure there are no future incidents.  

Learn about AirWarden here.  

BriefCam 

Take video analytics up a level with BriefCam.  BriefCam’s Video Content Analytics solution provides real-time, actionable intelligence.  Based off attributes (face, gender, clothing color, direction), the platform can identity people and vehicles across multiple cameras.  Establish alerts to notify in real-time of suspicious behavior for optimum situational awareness.  Utilize the platform to manage and proactively prevent traffic hiccups.  

 

Implementing a suite of tools gives the event crew real-time, actionable intelligence to keep attendees safe and ensure smooth operations.  Take an offensive approach to stadium and event security today and find what solution set works for your needs! 

 


 

2022 Public Safety Tech Trends

It was revolutionary when radios were added to patrol cars. Fast forward to now, with 2022 on the horizon, departments are leveraging a wide array of technology in everyday duties. Is your department on-trend, or is there room to upgrade your technology stack? Let’s see what the 2022 public safety technology trends are.

2022 Tech Trends

1. Body-worn cameras with real-time streaming

BWC have been on the project list for a few years now. As more departments adopt body-worn camera programs with state-issued mandates, the criteria list writes itself. It is one thing to implement them to check a requirement box, and it is another to maximize the features of body-worn cameras.

Go beyond just wearing it on the chest and get real-time BWC streaming to support informed actions with the expertise of those at HQ.

2. 5G enabled devices

A strong, reliable connection is essential to keeping devices and systems connected. 5G is not a new topic and luckily is starting to roll out nationwide. Take advantage of the new network and service for things like real-time streaming to HQ.

Future-proof your technology investment by ensuring all devices are 5G enabled. Though not available everywhere yet, ensure your devices will properly perform for their full lifecycle.

3. Drone defense

Drones pose a serious risk in a wide variety of situations including ranging from rouge operators crashing into a crowd at a stadium to delivering contraband to prisons. Reduce the threat of drone interference with a robust drone defense program.

To be in compliance with FIAA regulations, evaluate a drone defense program that can locate both the drone and pilot.

4. Light, but rugged MDTs

Rugged computers are essential in the public safety industry. Officers don’t sit at a desk all day, so devices need to be able to withstand a wide array of conditions. But who wants to lug around a 10-pound computer?

Light, but rugged MDTs are the answer. Now, a completely rugged laptop with MIL-STD 810H and IP66 ratings only weighs 5 pounds.

5. Integrated interview room

Gone are the days of separate evidence files. As video continues to find its place in investigations, the management of files becomes easier. Add interview rooms with a single integration record to your department’s strategy and have complete records of investigations from the field through interrogations with both audio and video.

6. Cybersecurity

Technology is incredibly powerful. Unfortunately, there are bad actors that steal sensitive (and valuable) data. Natively, departments have access to troves of incredibly valuable information and attract many cybercriminals.

It is your responsibility to take proper steps to protect that data and information – just like we lock our houses.

 

So, how ready is your department for 2022? Brite is here to assist with any of your technology projects in 2022.

5 Projects Missed at IACP: Guide to 2022 Technology Projects

You shouldn’t miss out on the current technology trends for law enforcement and public safety agencies even with the annual IACP conference canceled. Technology continues to find its place in departments to aid in investigations and make day-to-day operations easier. So, we’re here to share 5 projects for your department that we know many were planning to explore at IACP.

Before we jump into the details, our team at Brite is available to help any department find the right solutions to address their specific needs and requirements. With 20 years of experience, more than 1,600 customers nationwide and more than 20 technology partners, the Brite team has a proven process to ease your burden of finding and deploying a new technology.

Not sure what project to start with? Here are the five most popular technology projects.

Project 1: Body-worn cameras

BWC continue to be a high-priority project for many departments as government mandates continue to rollout. Mandates aside, body-worn cameras add incredible value to day-to-day operations. Gain situational awareness with real-time, live video for decision-making intel. Other features such as in-field tagging make evidence management a dream and the rugged form factor, quality mic and low light capabilities make the camera ideal for any situation.

Where to start: Getac Video Solutions is a leader in the video space and released its latest body-worn camera, the BC-03, just last year. Watch our on-demand webinar for the specs and overview of this solution.  (PS: Brite offers financing options for BWC!)

 

 

Project 2: In-car video

In the same breath as BWC, in-car video provides situational awareness in and around the vehicle. This complete solution creates multiple vantage points equipping officers with critical context during investigations.

Where to start: Luckily, the GVS complete video package includes in-car video, body-worn cameras and interview room video – all under one evidence management system for easy record management.  Explore the entire Getac Video offering here.

Project 3: Next-gen computers

Computers and in-vehicle computing are nothing new. Trust us – in our 20+ years of paring departments with the right technology, computers have been part of our practice since day one. However, this next-gen lineup has technology upgrades across a variety of devices. They may look the same, but Getac’s lineup of computers has been refreshed with the latest technology. The newest processors, fully rugged materials and wide range of models offer the perfect combinations for your fleet.

Where to start: Choose your own adventure – Either see what Getac’s lineup looks like mounted in vehicles, or what device and model meet your needs in the blog “A Screen for Every Need”.

Project 4: 5G network utilization

5G isn’t new news – so what does it have to do with departments and technology? While it’s not fully rolled out and accessible in all areas, it is important to future-proof your setup for when 5G is the norm. When a new network is released, technology is created to operate off that network, making older networks obsolete. For example, when 5G was announced, 3G networks went end-of-life. Protect your technology purchases by planning ahead and making sure your hardware will perform for its full lifecycle.

Where to start: When purchasing technology today, prepare for its longevity and for it to support the newest network. And remember, to take full advantage of any technology investment, a strong, reliable connection is key.

Project 5: Drone detection

Sure – drones can create cool videos, but unwanted drones are dangerous threats. Cities, stadiums and correctional facilities are common places where unwanted drones are a problem. Operating on the physical radio frequency (RF) signal level only, the system utilizes spectrum sensing technology to provide the configurable alert capabilities and situational awareness security teams need to respond effectively to drone threats.

Where to start: Equip your team and be prepared to minimize risk and interfere with attacks with a drone detection platform that can identify and locate the drone and its pilot. Find out how in our on-demand webinar.

 

How to get started on your project

Technology projects can be a heavy lift – especially on top of normal duties. Don’t panic. Start with exploring and prioritizing projects based on the department’s current needs and budget. Next, give Brite a call and we’ll connect you to your local representative to help scope the project, create a roadmap and connect you with solutions that make sense. It’s easier to tackle a project as a group, than alone.

Plus, take advantage of Brite’s demo opportunities, grant and funding assistance and post-sale support to ensure the best for your department. Get started on your next project today.

 

Rugged Computers for Extreme Conditions

Is your computer rugged enough to withstand extreme conditions? After a summer of unbearable heat waves hitting places all over the world, with winter and snow quicking approaching Upstate New York, the extreme temps got us thinking. The US covers 3.797 million square miles of land with normal climates ranging from cool and rainy to hot and desert, so how are there computers that can withstand a diverse set climate and extreme conditions year-round?

The answer: ruggedness.  One of the most important and differentiating factors when evaluating mobile tech solutions. Ruggedness is on a spectrum ranging from non, semi and fully-rugged.  Fully rugged computers are the highest standard of durability protecting against extreme conditions.  There are rugged options for all device types including tablets, laptops and convertibles.

Certified rugged computers

In order to be a certified rugged computer, the device must go through a set of standard testing.  However, there are differences in testing based on the certification.  While there are a variety of rugged distinctions, the most common for public safety technologies are IP65, IP66, MIL-STD 461G and MIL-STD-810G. 

IP65 is part of the ingress protection testing and protects against the infiltration of dust, foreign objects and liquids. The IP65 designation means that the object is completely protected against dust and jets of liquid.

IP66 is an extension of IP65 and therefore also withstands dust and jets of liquid. The difference is that this rating level provides protection against water pressure at 14.5 pounds per square inch (PSI) with no negative effects to the device. 

MIL-STD are standards established by the US military and have become the international standard for testing the durability of a computer.  MIL-STD 461G focuses on the EMC and EMI requirements for all electrical and electronic equipment. 

MIL-STD 810G rating protects against the majority of environmental factors.  The certification refers to the ability to withstand extreme conditions such as being dropped onto concrete or weather conditions of extreme temperature, dust and rain.  The rigorous testing ensures devices can withstand:

  • Low pressure (altitude)
  • High temperature
  • Low temperature
  • Temperature shock
  • Humidity
  • Blowing dust
  • Vibration
  • Drop
  • Freeze/thaw

Let’s look into some of these..

Extreme temperatures

Whether it’s extreme heat or below freezing temperatures, each can impact the overall performance of the equipment.  The ability to take a computer out for patrol or on-scene has revolutionized the investigation process.  However, if a computer either overheats or freezes, then the benefits of the computer are nonexistent.  

Drop protection

The nature of public safety officer’s duty is not sitting at a desk from 8-5 every day.  Rather, they see a wide array of conditions.  Protect against drops during irregular, rough work conditions with a rugged computer.

How rugged do I need?

While protection against extreme conditions is valuable, deciding between semi or fully rugged is dependent on the needs of the department.  Semi-rugged devices are still measured against high standards and have enhanced durability compared to non-rugged devices, making it a sound option for departments.  Whereas a fully rugged device is a great option for those teams that face extreme conditions on a daily basis.

The wide range of models, device types and added features, like ruggedness, help departments choose the right solution to fully meet their needs.  If you want to read more about choosing the right solution, then check out this blog.  Or want to work with one of our trusted reps, then contact us!

Why police need cybersecurity blog graphic

Why Police Departments Need Cybersecurity: A Complete Guide

More than ever before, technology plays a critical role in law enforcement. With the adoption, we’re asking why police departments need cybersecurity?

Technology has found its place within departments. Computers, confidential databases, LPRs, body-worn cameras (just to name a few), all help to support the daily operations, reporting and essential investigations. However, there is a common oversight when using it. That oversight is not protecting the technology, devices and ultimately the data.

That’s why we created BriteStar for Public Safety. A customized security approach with three packages: Lite, Standard and Plus specifically designed for the needs of public safety. Download the overview to learn how you can get the security your department needs, all at a predictable, fixed monthly cost.

To add context around the issue, this blog breaks down the building pressure to secure critical data, infrastructure and what your department needs to build a mature cybersecurity program to withstand today’s advanced threats.

First up, motive. What are attackers after?

There’s been an increase in cyberattacks against police departments and municipalities in general. These attacks prove that the current defenses aren’t sufficient for today’s sophisticated attackers. As shown in these examples:

What are the attackers after exactly? The typical answer is money, but in today’s politically charged environment, they are also looking to disrupt the operations of a target department.

Personally identifiable information (PII) is a lucrative asset. Think identity theft. This data includes names, birthdays, social security numbers, addresses, payment information, etc. For law enforcement, data and systems also include access to DMV and criminal information, more motivation!

Applications that support major operations can be also held hostage by ransomware attacks, such as with North Miami Beach PD referenced above. In this case, operational disruption was the goal, and it was achieved.

Attacks are motivated in different ways, but their success is our failure.

Plan of attack: Why departments need cybersecurity

Bad actors are very creative when finding an entry point in. If there is a vulnerability, they will typically find it. Every device and piece of technology creates an entry point. Luckily, there are steps to take to prevent, detect and respond to an attack.

Protection against attacks

Locking down those entry points is surprisingly straightforward with the right foundation. And with years of experience, our BriteStar team has identified five categories for a defense-in-depth approach.

Proactive maintenance: The first step in any planned crime is reconnaissance. In cybersecurity, that takes the role of tasks such as scanning external IP addresses or searching social media to find an easy way in.

Proactive maintenance such as keeping devices, configurations and software up-to-date with continuous management and patching are all necessary actions. It is like locking your doors and windows.

Security tools: Once the doors and windows are locked, we still need additional defenses in place, defense in depth. With so many options, it feels like a game of “whack-a-mole”. But it is important to evaluate the solutions based on the department’s infrastructure, size and access to information.

In today’s market, most enterprise technologies scale down for small and medium-size environments. Start by asking the following questions:

  • For the areas of the perimeter, endpoint, web, email and cloud, when was the last time you upgraded the technology?
  • How often are you proactively managing it?
  • And will it withstand the sophistication of today’s attacks?

User education: We were taught at an early age, don’t take candy from strangers or get into an unknown car. The same goes for cybersecurity. If it looks suspicious it probably is. The phrase “users are our last line of defense” is true because they possess the cognitive ability to analyze the situation and make an educated decision. That is why it is very important to educate users through a User Awareness Program. This will help them identify and report suspicious activity.

Monitoring and management: Cybercrime does not keep business hours and once an attacker has infiltrated the environment, they can move laterally and very often become invisible. That is why 24/7 monitoring and management of effective security tools is critical.

These tools can generate alerts of anomalous or activity that will indicate a breach. Swift action can stop the attack all together, reduce the effect, or greatly speed up the recovery time.

Disaster Recovery: We often say it is not a matter of if, but when a cyber incident will occur. Even if you do follow all of these previous recommendations, there is still a chance that you will fall victim. As a result, a reliable backup solution will make it easy to recover and limit the operational impact.

Those five areas provide comprehensive coverage and protection against cyberattacks. If you are unsure where to start, we can help run a free assessment of your environment and provide a comprehensive roadmap to security maturing.  At the end of the day, simply getting the technology running is important, but with limited resources, continuous management can be a challenge.

Using Your Phone for Mobile LPR

License plate recognition technology has been around for years. Fixed and mobile LPR cameras paved the way for departments to widely utilize the technology. But what if we told you that rather than using expensive LPR cameras, you could use a mobile device?

In previous blogs, we’ve shared how our LPR partner Rekor flipped the script on traditional LPRs. And by doing so, they revolutionized the game by…

Rekor Ecosystem

Not only was Rekor able to create a more powerful and accurate platform, but they have also made it so it’s more available to others. A quick rundown of the Rekor product offering:

  1. Rekor Scout: A software package delivering real-time license plate recognition when paired with IP, traffic or security cameras
  2. Rekor Edge: Fixed, mountable cameras
  3. Rekor Finder: In-vehicle license plate system
  4. Rekor Trailer: ALPR speed trailer
  5. Rekor Go: Mobile app to capture plates via mobile device

Bringing the power of LPR to any mobile device with Rekor Go is what we are here to talk about today. Have the power of reading license plates and receive alerts for identified vehicles in the palm of your hand. Identify vehicles of interest in real-time with a simple live video scan. Watch it in action.

Rekor Go: Scan plates. Anywhere.

Rekor Go FAQ

What do you need?

A mobile device. The app is available in both Apple App Store and Google Play.

What are the capabilities?

Create your own lists and upload existing ones. Easily sort plates into ‘Allowed’ and ‘Not Allowed’ lists. Utilize the power of Rekor software to accurately scan plates in real time and analyze your data. From searching historical data to exporting for advanced analysis, Rekor Go is a friendly way to capture plate reads anywhere.

Who can use it?

This is the perfect solution for those on foot or stationed at varying locations. The flexibility of needing only a mobile device makes the possibilities endless. Use cases for Rekor Go include visitor management, parking operations and both campus and event security.

Rekor, Rekor Go and the rest of the solutions are today’s LPR. Ditch traditional systems and schedule a Rekor demo today. Our team of reps and engineers is ready to help create the perfect ALPR setup for your department.

 

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