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How the Internet of Things is transforming law enforcement

Colin Neagle | Nov. 4, 2014
From connected guns to wearables for canine units, the IoT is spurring change in the law enforcement field.

Platforms and networks to make it all work
If police departments are going to start investing in all of these different kinds of tools, they'll want to ensure they're working correctly and are fully capable.

Cisco, for example, explained in a blog post last year how it turned to open standards-based solutions for interoperability and collaboration to resolve network issues for radio and LTE communications in two separate cases. Similarly, a joint project between Harris Corporation, Havis, and Lectronix brought a concept car equipped with an in-car LTE mobile router to the 2014 International Association of Chiefs of Police conference last month. The car also featured Harris's BeOn application platform for public safety applications.

Those networks and platforms were developed mainly to support communications tools and applications, like radios or smartphones, but as law enforcement agencies increasingly incorporate equipment and tools that are connected to the internet, the networks and platforms they rely on will become more important.

 

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