Originally published August 29, 2018
Forty years ago, the only technology the police force needed was the radio and the location of the nearest pay phone. Today, officers get all of their information digitally. It’s no longer received by telephone like you see in the movies. Police radios scan dozens of channels, as there are multiple outlets to monitor, including body cameras, on-board cameras, multiple mobile phones, in-vehicle computer data terminals with Internet access, traffic-monitoring radar units and much more.
Public safety organisations such as the police, depend on reliable connectivity. This needs to be mobile, ruggedised and secure. Connections also need to be flexible to enable improved productivity and easier management of fleets and remote officers. However, many police departments are challenged with legacy in-vehicle connectivity solutions that are ageing and clunky. Modern police departments are finding reliable network connectivity with 4G LTE.
Advancements in 4G LTE have given the police opportunities to use many of the same technologies that are helping create Smart Cities. New levels of connectivity allow every level of government to be more responsive and efficient, driving improvements in how they respond to public safety threats.