Public Safety

New Apps, Wearable Aimed at Personal Safety

January 26, 2015By
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Two new products have found ways to turn smartphones into personal protection devices. One of the two products includes a wearable monitor. Mace Wear Pod The Mace Wear Pod uses a wearable device in conjunction with a smartphone app. First Sign Technologies, in partnership with Mace Wear, has launched the Mace Wear Pod, which acts as a personal security system against violent... read more

Janam Introduces Rugged Mobile Computer with Multi-OS Support

January 21, 2015By
The Janam XM5 series has both Windows and Android OS.

Janam Technologies LLC, a provider of rugged mobile computers that scan barcodes and communicate wirelessly, today announced the launch of its XM5 family of rugged mobile computers. Designed to maximize the mobility investments of enterprise and government organizations, the new XM5 has high-sensitivity GPS and Assisted GPS, and supports Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and Android operating systems on the same hardware.... read more

Severe Weather Study Shows Potential of GNSS-RO Satellites

January 11, 2015By
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GeoOptics, a satellite-based environmental data services company, in cooperation with Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER), an environmental research and development company, has announced the initial results of an Observing System Simulation Experiment (OSSE) showing the reliability of radio occultation data in improving predictions of severe weather and flash flood events. read more

Border Patrol via Drones Not Effective, IG Says

January 8, 2015By
The CBP's unmanned aerial program includes the Predator B aircraft, as well as ground control stations, pilots, sensor operators, video cameras, land and maritime radar, and communication equipment. (CBP Photo)

A new report by the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General’s office finds that use of unmanned aerial drones to patrol the U.S./Mexico border is not effective. The Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Unmanned Aircraft System program has been in operation for eight years. Problems include a lack of performance measures and sky-high operational costs, according to the report, which was... read more

u-blox Inside Explosion-Proof Smartphone

December 9, 2014By
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Bartec Pixavi has launched the “Impact X intrinsically safe smartphone” based on u-blox’ rugged 3G cellular module technology designed for devices used in tough industrial and outdoor environments. Bartec Pixavi is a manufacturer of mobile devices used in hazardous or explosive environments such as oil platforms, mines and chemical plants. “Our Impact X smartphone is designed with the most robust, reliable and safe components available to... read more

Car Dealership’s GPS Tracking System Saves Philadelphia Kidnap Victim

November 10, 2014By

A GPS tracking device helped Philadelphia police rescue a woman who was kidnapped November 2 and apprehend the suspect who abducted her. A growing number of used car dealerships use the technology to protect their investments. This time it protected the life of an innocent victim of violent crime. The NBC affiliate in Philadelphia covered the story on the air and... read more

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Ricoh’s G800SE Camera Designed for Information Workflow

October 27, 2014By

Ricoh Americas Corporation has made major improvements to its water-, dust- and shock-resistant G800 camera. The G800SE model includes GPS and a barcode-reading capability that helps streamline workflows across a wide range of industries. The new Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled Ricoh G800SE allows for dynamic information capture in industries such as automotive, logistics, government, healthcare, emergency services and more. For example, a car dealership can... read more

Red Cross Recruits Volunteers to Map Ebola Outbreak Regions

October 16, 2014By
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The American Red Cross Geographic Information System team is enlisting volunteers to help map areas in Africa hard hit by the ebola virus. The Red Cross is attempting to get ahead of the virus by creating detailed maps of rural towns and villages so officials can track the deadly virus as it spreads, according to ABC News. Volunteers have been drafted to study satellite... read more

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