To access these advantages and reap the benefits of a connected and high-tech police force, certain resources and infrastructure must be in place. The most critical police technology elements should include:
- Cutting-edge connectivity. To access critical information rapidly and reliably "in the moment," law enforcement units need fast and reliable 4G LTE or 5G connections that enable them to rapidly send data across large distances while on the move. This level of connectivity isn't possible without a sophisticated infrastructure of wireless networks.
- Telematics. Law enforcement departments need to keep tabs on all their units, vehicles and police officers at all times (even when officers are outside their vehicle), enabling them to respond quickly to situations and when officers are in need. With telematics, they can share GPS coordinates to headquarters, improve routing, share live video and audio feeds using dashcams, and save costs.
- Live video. By sharing live video across wireless networks, police officers can monitor crowds and crisis situations, keep other units informed as they enter a new scene, and even be more accountable and transparent through tools like bodycams.
- Cloud technology. The cloud enables law enforcement officers to save data securely, manage records and other documents safely and easily from the field, and prepare for disasters like data breaches.
Today, police officers face a multitude of roadblocks that impede progress, and the technology used in law enforcement is often critical to their success and survival. Fortunately police technology has advanced so that officers have more sophisticated tools at their disposal than ever before. By focusing on connectivity, driven by advanced wireless networks and technologies like 4G LTE and 5G, law enforcement units can give themselves the tools needed to communicate more effectively, use resources much more efficiently and help keep communities safe.
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