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Rugged mobile systems for police services

Sprint Nextel : 13 May, 2008  (New Product)
Sprint Nextel provide mobile technology including rugged laptop systems for the emergency services.
Whether on routine patrol or responding to an emergency situation, law enforcement officers rely heavily on mobile technology to ensure the safety of citizens and communities. Sprint and Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, manufacturer of rugged, reliable Panasonic Toughbook mobile computers, understand the needs of law enforcement customers and offer integrated mobile solutions that are interoperable across jurisdictions and allow agencies to communicate effectively and perform their day-to-day duties.

As part of National Police Week and in recognition of the powerful way that private citizens and law enforcement officers can work together through the use of mobile technology, Sprint, Panasonic and ICOP Digital are hosting an event to honour John Walsh and "America's Most Wanted" (AMW) for the successful capture of 1,000 fugitives from justice.

"Technology has always been an integral part of law enforcement, and in the 20 years since 'America's Most Wanted' first aired, putting reliable mobile computing and wireless communications in the hands of police officers has become essential," said John Walsh, host of AMW. "Each of the thousand captures to date required extraordinary cooperation between officers and the communication technology supporting them, and we appreciate the support we receive from our industry partners, Sprint and Panasonic."

Sprint has a long history of serving the public safety community with differentiated solutions, including the largest portfolio of rugged devices that assist officers with their day-to-day operations. Law enforcement officers can access information they need immediately by using Sprint-certified rugged laptops, equipped with built-in broadband access to the Sprint Mobile Broadband network, enhancing their mobile productivity. Nextel Direct Connect, the leading and fastest push-to-talk solution in the industry, is a valued tool because it enables instant conversations to share information and make decisions quickly. It also has the only "off-network" capability, Direct Talk, which is critical for public safety users during emergency response situations. This short-range radio-to-radio capability provides a critical communications option when the network is unavailable. (Environment, terrain, structures, in-building use and other factors may affect the range or performance.) Sprint also offers exclusive public safety applications such as Priority Connect, Emergency Talkgroup and Priority on Group Connect.

"At Sprint, we understand the needs of our public safety customers. We work with leading industry partners like Panasonic to offer solutions specially designed to aid public safety personnel," said Chris Hackett, vice president of Business and Government Solutions at Sprint. "Sprint solutions, including Nextel Direct Connect, Sprint Mobile Broadband and Nextel Dispatch Integration, give public safety officials the tools that they need to respond effectively to emergency situations."

Panasonic supplies rugged Toughbook mobile computing solutions and the Toughbook Arbitrator mobile Digital Video recording system to more than 5,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada. Crime-fighting technology must be dependable, technologically advanced, and cost-effective for often budget-constrained police departments. Patrol units use Panasonic Toughbook mobile computers with advanced wireless technology to instantly link to criminal databases from virtually any location, gaining immediate access to critical data. Each fully rugged model is thoroughly tested to withstand the demanding environments faced by officers every day, including extreme temperatures, vibration, dust and moisture.

"Panasonic is committed to providing the men and women of law enforcement with durable, reliable, mobile technology solutions to fight crime in the information age," said Rance Poehler, president, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company.

"Each Toughbook is engineered to use the full potential of mobile broadband networks for law enforcement, providing officers with real-time access to information through the most dependable mobile computing technology, providing the highest degree of reliability in this mission-critical environment."

Sprint, Panasonic and ICOP are also supporting several national events including the Washington DC Law Ride on May 10. ICOP, a Sprint partner and an industry-leading company engaged in advancing digital-surveillance solutions, offers a suite of products including its innovative ICOP LIVE audio and video streaming solution. ICOP LIVE relays critical real-time information concerning a site or event to first responders before they reach the scene. The solution enables audio and video to live stream to and from a first responder vehicle - over the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, optimised by EV-DO Revision A. The Sprint Mobile Broadband Network (inclusive of data roaming) reaches more than 246 million people across the country.
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