During a time of emergency, the first thing the majority of people would do is dial 9-1-1. Imagine if that call couldn’t go through? You would feel lost and helpless, having a reliable connection is extremely important in today’s world.
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.
Law enforcement officers are put into dangerous situations daily. From gun violence to high speed chases your daily routine can be stressful. KELTEK supports and works towards improving officer safety in our services -we build with officer safety in mind. At KELTEK we put deep thought and consideration into every vehicle we build. We felt it would be valuable to show you some of the differences in our builds and reasonings behind our install techniques. As well as the tools we recommend and are able to provide to increase officer safety.
Mobile connectivity is a hot topic in the industry of public safety. Having a reliable connection in a mission critical environment is a must have. KELTEK provides two primary options for mobile connectivity solutions. To help assist you to distinguish between the two and find out which is the best solution for your department, we broke down the similarities and differences between Sierra Wireless MG90 & MP70.
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
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!
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...
Police work can be dangerous and unpredictable. Responding to active shooter calls can put patrol officers at risk, and delays can result in injury, casualties, or chaos. Many departments practice Immediate Action Rapid Deployment (IARD), a police tactic where first responders actively confront a developing high-risk crisis, as opposed to first responders assembling a cordon around the crisis zone and waiting for special response units like SWAT.
Having a rapid-deployment ballistic panel easily accessible and at the ready for your officers in every vehicle at all times adds an extra layer of readiness and protection to your force.
Outfitting your command vehicles can be a hassle. It’s a challenge to find a mounting system that works for all the different styles of vehicles in your fleet while providing the features your organization needs. When you’re looking at weapons mount equipment for your emergency response vehicles, think about what your priorities and requirements are. Upfitting your vehicles with weapons mounts that satisfy your needs can help your department be more efficient and more effective—protecting your employees and the public they serve.