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APR 2019

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ily into a vehicle, motorcycle or bicycle, and be lightweight enough for officers to carry on a belt or shoulder strap for extended periods. ey should to be able to print high-resolution documents from virtually any smart device. Printers should be compatible with all ma- jor operating systems and interface seamlessly with the software solution you're using today — or may switch to in the future. It's also important to know whether your printer will be ready to use out-of-the-box, or if inte- gration assistance will be required and at what cost. Of course, printers also need to be rugged enough to with- stand rough handling and work dependably in extreme heat, cold and other tough environments. Speaking of durability, it's also important to check out the length and performance guar- antee of any warranty provided. Q. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE NEWEST GAME-CHANGING MOBILE PRINTER FEATURES? A. Advancements in next-gen printers include faster printing speeds (up to 5ips), longer battery life thanks to smart Li-ion batteries, industrial-grade buttons, enhanced drop protection, active docking and mobile device management. Device pair- ing is getting easier, too. For ex- ample, Brother Mobile Solution's RuggedJet 4200 delivers NFC ca- pacity for easy device pairing and AirPrint® technology that enables officers to print directly from mo- bile devices without download- ing or installing drivers. Broth e r Mobil e Solut ion's custom-developed, cloud-based Mobile Deploy device manage- ment app is included free with all our models. is app helps enable simple, mobile deploy- ment integration and upgrades. Along with supporting fast, cost- saving deployment, it helps improve ROI by enabling a cen- tralized IT or operations rep to remotely manage device up- dates in the field. Q. WHICH ACCESSORIES CAN IMPROVE eCITATION SYSTEM EFFICIENCY AND PERFORMANCE? A. Brother Mobile Solution's innovative vehicle mounts en- able officers to dock and mount the printer while allowing pass through USB power to charge the battery. In addition, battery chargers with status LED, and smart, high-capacity batteries that display battery life status and provide low-battery alerts are a plus for on-the-go officers. Whether officers are in a patrol car, on a motorcycle, on a bicycle or on foot, a wide range of vehicle mounts, hot-mounts and carry case options support mobility and ease of use as well as protect the printers. Q. WHAT OTHER eCITATION CONSIDERATIONS SHOULD LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES TAKE INTO ACCOUNT? A. Ease of use and versatility matters. Make certain that your printer's paper is easy to change in the field. e process should be a 2-3 step process that requires only a few seconds of officer's time. Also, top public safety applications for eCitation systems go well beyond printing violation notices to include parking violations, ac- cident/crime scene information, emergency instructions, evi- dence labels, inspection reports and warning notices. Compact models such as the RJ 4200 can print smaller format documents from 1" to 4" wide. Other applications may require full-page mobile printing capacity, uniquely provided by Brother Mobile Solutions' PocketJet 7 full page printer. Both the RJ 4200 and PJ 7 series are thermal printers, elimi- nating any worry about running out of ink or toner. Q. WHAT MEASURABLE BENEFITS CAN THE RIGHT eCITATION SYSTEM DELIVER? A. Several have been document- ed. For example, eCitation sys- tems can increase officer safety by slashing dangerous roadside ticketing time. Also, significant quantities of handwritten tickets are dismissed due to illegibility, which nationally, can add up to millions of dollars in lost revenue every year. In addition, by dramatically reducing the administrative cost of issuing and processing citations while also increasing revenue col- lection, law enforcement agencies can see a fast return on their eCi- tation solution investment. As public agencies and municipali- ties face increased pressure to do more with less, that matters more than ever. Gary Reichle is the Western Region Major Account Manager for the Public Safety division of Brother Mobile Solutions, a high-growth division of Brother which provides innovative mobile and label printers and market-leading solutions to the public safety, home healthcare, route accounting, field service and manufacturing/warehouse and retail industries. He has been with BMS for over 10 years. BrotherMobileSolutions.com

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