KELTEK Blog

10 Ways Technology Is Improving Patrol Car Efficiency and Safety

Posted by Holly Johnson on Mar 2, 2020 3:00:36 PM

You are in your vehicle for the majority of your day when you work as a police officer or sheriff. The last thing you want is to be uncomfortable, or potentially be put in harm's way due to equipment placement or failure. The IoT or Internet of Things is growing fast and with that, there are benefits to the law enforcement industry.  Today we review ten reasons why technological advancement is working to improve public safety entities. 

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Topics: Insider, Vehicle Upfitting, Budgeting, Computers, Technology, Products, Getac Video, Arbitrator BWC

How Toughbook® Stacks Up Against the Competition

Posted by Brandon Sjullie on Jan 23, 2020 10:28:13 AM

Panasonic has a long-standing reputation for excellence in its product lines.  Innovation and research have been a core component of Panasonic's legacy in their line of Rugged Laptops and it is one of the main reasons Keltek distributes Toughbook® laptops to the Midwest's public safety officials.  

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Topics: Computers, Technology, Products

A Body Worn Camera Comparison

Posted by Drake Dawson on Jan 8, 2020 1:47:40 PM

Sometimes the vast amount of product options on the market can leave you scratching your head when it comes time to make the decision to pull the trigger on a purchase. What a great problem to have in all reality, a lot of great options, but now it's the stage in the buying process to prioritize just what your personal or professional deciding factors are for a product.  

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Topics: Technology, Products, Video, Getac Video, Arbitrator BWC

Disaster Management with Mobile Gateways

Posted by Holly Johnson on Dec 19, 2019 10:52:13 AM

One aspect I find amazing when it comes to our mobile connectivity solutions is the amount of different inquires we receive from diverse entities. The versatility and use cases seem endless for this product. Spring, and even fall of this year, we hear from city managers wanting to utilize mobile routers for their City Sewer Trucks because of flooding in the area. Around harvest we hear from farmers who want connectivity in their farming equipment.  Another use we've got called for in spring, is tornadoes taking out the town's internet. Natural disasters are a perfect example of why these devices are just so important.  This week we want to talk about the benefits in disaster management a Sierra Wireless mobile router can provide.

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Topics: Technology, Products

Evidence Storage Options: Cloud vs. On Premises

Posted by Tyler Richard on Dec 4, 2019 8:35:00 AM
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Topics: Budgeting, Technology, Products, Video

Vehicle Telemetry & Fleet Management

Posted by Tyler Richard on Nov 14, 2019 12:56:52 PM

How nice would it be to have a daily report on your health? You could stop an infection right in its tracks, even at the smallest hint of a cough, it could be treated before progressing into a cold. Think of the doctors' visits, and time off work that could have been saved.  Flu season in Iowa inspired this wonderful metaphor, but today I would like to talk about your vehicle health. 

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Topics: Budgeting, Technology, Products

Gamber-Johnson's Connecting 4 Tomorrow Event

Posted by Rocky Barber on Oct 14, 2019 3:34:23 PM
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Topics: Insider, Vehicle Upfitting, Products

The Benefits of Mobile Routers in Public Safety

Posted by Holly Johnson on Aug 13, 2019 9:36:33 AM

I must admit, I joined the pop-culture group of people who love to listen to true crime podcasts and are intrigued by the Summer of Sam era. I know...you're wondering what this has to do with mobile routers.

There is something that stuck out to me personally while listening to these stories - The lack of communication between departments during that time in history, and how that could've changed everything. Fast forward to today, we can be connected and communicate all the time. With that said, we still have come across departments that seem to be stuck in the times of transmitters in patrol cars! 

For this reason, the team here at KELTEK thought it would be wise to educate our audience on the benefits of Sierra Wireless AirLink® Routers.  The reliable communication they provide and the dedicated public safety network you can get with them. 

“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”  Martin Luther King Jr

1. Reliable Connectivity

When you are working in an industry where you put your life on the line for the sake of others, you need to be taken care of as well. To do your job most effectively you need a reliable connection to your department and coworkers. In today's communication landscape, we've gone way beyond the radio. There are a variety of communication tools at your disposal. If you want to send video or location information in real-time a mobile router installed in your fleet vehicle is a great option.

2. Network Swapping

You also have access to network redundancy while using a Sierra AirLink® Router. These routers have a sub-second network switching to the highest strength network signal, so you don't skip a beat with your network coverage. Rural communities used to be a tough place to get a good signal, but with the redundancy of communications, you can keep your department live and on the map at all times.

3. Multiple Devices 

Sierra's routers can connect up to 110 devices to your mobile router at one time. This means at high traffic public events, after a major natural disaster, or any mission-critical situation where most of your department is on the scene, you all have a reliable connection with a dedicated public safety line. Your team will not be bogged down by civilian use of a network, there is now FirstNet, Verizon, and US Cellular that all have data plans that give you the ability to receive a dedicated network in the public safety industry. There's a peace of mind knowing that you can easily communicate with your team during mission-critical events. 

4.  Vehicle Telemetry 

The AirLink® Mobility Manager (AMM) feature of these mobile routers is really impressive and detailed.  This application configures real-time reports from your fleet vehicles.  From vehicle diagnostics allowing you to see any error codes or problems going on within the vehicle. There's also link utilization, giving you the ability to see a time-based depiction of network connection & which networks your router switched to.  All of the dashboard's information can be accessed remotely for higher insight and control of your vehicles. 

Ask us about our service program that gives departments quarterly fleet reports via email, these updates include but are not limited to: 

  • Coverage Maps – fleet-wide cellular coverage maps to assess overall carrier or network performance
  • Coverage Trails – connectivity for individual vehicles by location
  • Link Utilization – time-based view of connectivity status for each active WAN link
  • Availability Trend – the percentage of in-service time that individual gateways were accessible over-the-air
  • Bandwidth Consumption – the volume of data received/transmitted on each network

5. Mobility 

These routers are purpose-built for vehicles. Having a mobile office is ideal for any first responder and these routers are rugged enough for the job. They can withstand more vibration than a standard router. Getting your in-car or body-worn camera videos sent in real-time is ideal for evidence capturing or mission-critical information getting sent back to base without having to wait. Another feature is mobile multi-network security, so you don't need to worry about your data being breaching while it's transferring to its final destination. 

To learn more about the benefits and use cases for the various AirLink® models stay tuned to our blog and subscribe to our newsletter - there's more to come on mobile routers!

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Topics: Technology, Products

Time is Running Out, Do You Have a Plan?

Posted by Ryan Surber on May 20, 2019 3:26:07 PM

Time is Running Out, Do You Have a Plan?

The end of the fiscal year is upon us. Do you have a plan? It seems like every year, it sneaks up on departments and we want to help. In this post I want to share some great ideas on how to maximize your budget...

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Topics: Insider, Vehicle Upfitting, Budgeting, Computers, Technology, Products, Video

Secrets of the Vehicle Upfitting Industry: Power Management

Posted by Drake Dawson on Mar 26, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Ask any of the guys in our shop and they’ll tell you one of the most common calls we get is, “Our battery keeps dying.”

There's a great scene in the movie Ironman where Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) realizes that his power center has been rendered useless and he asks his assistant for help. She comes to his aid and asks, “Is that the thing keeping you alive?” Ironman’s response is, “It was, but it’s now an antique…”

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Topics: Vehicle Upfitting, Products