Wireless Communications System Connects Police
A cost-effective communications system is now available from New Jersey-based GTBM, which makes Info-Cop, a wireless database access system for police cars. The system manages tasks typically handled by dispatchers.
Users have wireless access to local, State, and Federal databases, and the system is compatible with National Crime Information Center (NCIC) 2000 features. Info-Cop operates on PCs, PDAs, smart phones, and palm-sized email devices such as RIM Blackberrys, and the wireless signal can be transmitted through existing radio channels or over public/private IP-based networks (MESH, CDMA, 802.11, GPRS, EV-DO, CDPD).
Instead of building an individual data backbone, agencies can simply pay monthly fees for delivering data. The technology user interface is easy to use, featuring different screens for multiple tasks. The system notifies users if queries are incorrectly submitted, allowing queries to be quickly corrected and sent wirelessly to the appropriate database.
And because Info-Cop can be shared across multiple agencies, costs can be shared between agencies. Info-Cop also supports chat, messaging, a built-in HazMat screen, and reporting and auditing tools based on Microsoft’s SQL 2000 database.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center(NLECTC) from the Police (10/04) Vol. 28, No. 10, P. 70; Davis, Bob .