High Tech Equipment

The high-tech equipment of the police impressed in films. Some companies offer now similar products for the police. Who wants to upgrade and digital, however, but privacy concerns and long tendering procedures speak.

Most young people seem to be equipped as a German police officer technically better. Smartphone can pull out, take pictures, send image, read answers – this is daily routine. If it is to determine the owner of improperly parked cars, a police officer, however, uses it mostly to the radio, waiting for the headquarters, says through the indicator and eventually gets the name announced.

Digital upgrade

Technically, policemen of the digital present lag far behind – to win this impression out of practice reports. Police authorities all over the world therefore seek to upgrade to digital. The world of the instantaneous transmission of images and movies to be used in daily operations and investigation services. Possible equipment is when Cyber-cops in Hollywood now,-are to see movies and green with every data protection.

Peter Damerau is Director of sales at Motorola solutions, a U.S. company that sold radios worldwide to police authorities, airports, and rescue services and builds networks. D uses a mirrored glasses in a headquarters in the North of Berlin. A small camera is integrated, also a microphone can be connected. In addition, a smaller screen is installed.

Live transmission via Bodycam

The glasses is wirelessly connected to a Smartphone, and responds to various sensors on the bracket for pepper spray, or a gun Holster. Taking the gun, the camera clicks. The photos appear on a laptop. The same thing works with movies instead of taking pictures, including sound transmission.

Record inserts that so-called Bodycams, so small digital cameras on the uniform of the police, is already in some federal countries tested. This stored the movies but only for later evaluation. With these glasses or similar cameras but also a live broadcast was technically not a problem, says d. A police officer can alert at all times the headquarters, where the colleagues to see the usage in real time.

Location pictures immediately send out

“Location pictures the monitoring station can again send out, such as the Manhunt”, d says with noticeable enthusiasm for the technology. “Also information from the social networks could be filtered using special software and immediately forwarded to the policemen on the spot.” The police need for specific smartphones, authority its own apps and secure mobile networks.

On the screens of their phones, special commands could allow show the locations of all our colleagues. At the same time, the headquarters could send maps, floor plans and floor plans of buildings on the SEKs. “All see in real time what is happening”, says d. “Einsatzgruppen can be perhaps easier.”

Home offices less euphoric

The ministries and the Union not quite as euphoric as the industry representatives respond, but see prospects for a networked police. An automatic emergency message when dragging the gun or simulcasts by cameras are “not planned”, said a spokeswoman for the Bavarian Interior Ministry.

However, one could ignore developments in the area of security. Prudently, the possibilities would have to be checked. Hesse Interior Ministry dares to have a look into the future: A “mobile IT device with access to the police infrastructure is to be expected within a few years as a standard”, as a spokesman. There are already pilot procedures for mobile data transfer in use.

Outdated technology on delivery

Also the Gewerkschaft der Polizei (GdP) hopes for modernization. “If our colleagues now see their digital radios, they realize: that is not even what I privately already bought me”, says Jörg Radek, Chief Inspector and Vice Chairman of Gewerkschaft der Polizei (GdP). Particularly secure service smartphones for the everyday life of the cops are needed. Intelligent software and apps could be a help, says Radek. As in the determination of personal information, and car license plates. Or on missions in unknown areas. “This is the technical support that I would wish.”

Radek but sees problems in the long duration of statutory order procedure and data protection. “Now writes out and comes in four years, everything is outdated of course long ago”, says the GdP expert for digital technology. That showed the introduction of digital radio years ago. The digital radios were ordered, as every second person had a pure phone cell phone in your pocket. When they arrived at the police station, the world was already in the Smartphone.

Live broadcast vs. privacy

The live broadcast or permanent record of missions are not in the sense of the Trade Union. “Even a police officer is entitled to its data just there”, says Radek. “We want to also not RoboCop, which is controlled by the control panel. I consider this borderline.”

The industry is already there. Technically, even the heart rate of police officers, firefighters or soldiers by heart rate monitor directly to the headquarters can be transferred. The usage Board knew then exactly: who is fit, who come in stress and who remains cool, even though it is tricky.

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