The cost of providing electronics for a patrol officer and vehicle can easily exceed the cost of the vehicle itself! Recurring costs for Cellular phone, LINC/Nextel PTT service, GPS, Maintenance, and Licensing fees can rival vehicle operating cost. When you add the cost of infrastructure required to support dispatch operations, it becomes clear that the time is here for a new way of thinking.
The problem, as we see it, is looking at individual requirements rather than addressing total coordinated needs. In public safety communications, the communications guy sells radios. The IT guy sells computers, software, and Wi-Max. The vehicle camera guy sells cameras and monitors, the LINC rep sells long range PTT, the cellular specialist cells cell phones and data cards. The vehicle location folks sell GPS and CAD systems and NOBODY ever makes the effort to tie it all together to help you do more for less.
In the good old days, the primary requirement for public safety electronics was to be able to talk to people who were not at a fixed location in their vehicles. Then we added portability so we could talk to them outside the vehicle. Then, we started using vehicle cameras, primarily for litigation avoidance followed a little later by vehicle location (also for litigation avoidance and or litigation cost reduction) plus more efficient dispatching and administrative control. Then we wanted to talk beyond the limits of our 2-way radio system and to others not associated with our work group. More recently, data exchange capability became a requirement for information exchange and paperless report filing. Somewhere along the way, things got VERY expensive!
Making vehicular electronics work better at less cost is what we do. We even have a title which we invented for ourselves. We are called CostTech Integrators. The name says it all! We look at your total needs with the goal of reducing cost while using common sense technology to help you do your job better. Whether you are involved in education, fire fighting, law enforcement, or business, we have special reports available on request to help you enjoy the benefits of CostTech Integration. These reports are free for the asking – just give us a call at 205.854.2611 or email AtYOurService@falcondirect.com. We’ll be looking forward to hearing from you!