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SEP 2018

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38 POLICE SEPTEMBER 2018 simplifying this mission-critical communication, and there are dozens of solutions available today that meet the unique needs of law enforcement agencies. e launch of FirstNet is bringing officer connectivity to an entirely new level, as this dedicated network is poised to revo- lutionize how first responders communicate on the job. First- Net was created to link first responders across the United States, regardless of network coverage or physical location. rough a separate, dedicated network core, first responders' cellular traf- fic is prioritized above that of commercial customers, allowing users to send and receive data in real time. Today, officers are using FirstNet on their devices to stay connected when facing a widespread emergency, such as a natural disaster or shooting incident, where seconds matter in the response and recovery process. e reliability of FirstNet, coupled with the durability of rug- ged mobile devices, allows first responders to stay connected and share information from the field in real time. For example, an officer might use a handheld device to record a video at the scene of a fire and send it to firefighters before they arrive. Or, when responding to a traffic accident, an officer can send high- resolution images to the emergency room so doctors can assess potential injuries before victims arrive at the hospital. With the power of FirstNet and the widespread use of mobile devices in public safety, first responders are better equipped to protect their communities and improve their own safety. YOUR MISSION IS OUR MISSION. LAKEASSAULT.COM 715-395-2255 © 2018 Lake Assault Boats, LLC When it comes to your next patrol boat, Lake Assault is mission ready. We have a proven track record building custom patrol boats, fire/rescue cra, airboats, and more — for customers who keep coming back. Built at the Fraser Shipyards on the shores of Lake Superior, our patrol boats are designed and created to meet your needs — with whatever capabilities are required to complete your mission. FINDING THE RIGHT DEVICES FOR YOUR DEPARTMENT While law enforcement once had the reputation of being a tech- nology laggard, today the industry is innovating at an unprec- edented rate. At the same time, the role of a police officer has be- come increasingly multi-faceted, and it is crucial that agencies upgrade their tools to match the pace of this evolution. To get started, agencies can partner with a technology vendor who can work closely with IT managers to identify the best rugged devices for the department, based on size, location, budget, and more. e right partner understands the rigors of law enforcement to- day, but is already preparing for the challenges that officers will face tomorrow, and has expertise in the latest technologies, like FirstNet. In today's climate, police officers are looking to become more community-facing without limiting their ability to access the right information when they need it. To achieve this, officers need solutions that let them work seamlessly across a number of different environments. Whether in the field or at the station, ev- ery hour can present a new situation, which requires connectiv- ity and communication between officers and other key respond- ers. With the right tools, officers can swiftly respond to the calls they face on a daily basis, while focusing on the things that mat- ter most—protecting communities and saving lives. Alex Nollmann is the national sales director for Panasonic North America.

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