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APCO public safety conference: Motorola, others show off law enforcement technologies [VIDEO]

The 77th annual conference of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International will close at the Pennsylvania Convention Center tomorrow after four days sharing and selling the latest and greatest in law enforcement technologies. Technically Philly caught up with Motorola representatives, who have been pitching the Philadelphia Police on an array of upgrades to its […]


The 77th annual conference of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International will close at the Pennsylvania Convention Center tomorrow after four days sharing and selling the latest and greatest in law enforcement technologies.
Technically Philly caught up with Motorola representatives, who have been pitching the Philadelphia Police on an array of upgrades to its existing contract partnership, including the 4G broadband network for video surveillance the Motorola team demoed this spring. Philly cops are still evaluating those build outs with the city’s Division of Technology, confirmed Motorola spokesman Matthew Messinger.

In addition to the proposed private broadband network build out for video surveillance, which has been piloted in San Francisco, a Motorola representative showed off other high-end communication tools and toys being developed and deployed, including the following:

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  • Also unveiled were the VML700 LTE vehicle modem and UM1000 LTE USB modem, both of which access the Band Class 14 700 MHz broadband spectrum allocated to public safety.

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  • Updated APX radios, featuring increased durability, clarity and connectivity and other related tools that track physiological team sensors and GPS-based location during fire or SWAT movements

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Inside the convention hall expo across three halls, a variety of other telecommunications giants like Sprint were showing off their own law enforcement-focused innovations, electronic equipment giants like Harris were demoing detailed arrays of on-the-job tools and a smattering of startups and niche firms were talking on anything from GPS-driven robotics and secure temporary messaging devices.
Next year the APCO conference will be in Minneapolis. See the complete media kit from these initiatives here.

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