Unified Critical Communications (UCC) benefit all industries, but each industry takes advantage of multi-bearer networks in ways specific to their operating environment. Continuing on with the fourth lesson of the Introduction to Unified Critical Communications course, we explore the benefits a UCC strategy can bring to law enforcement.
How can Unified Critical Communications help Law Enforcement?
Group calls are critical for public safety. UCC takes group calls to a whole new level by making it possible to create groups that span multiple technologies and devices. If you add PTToC, which can run on all sorts of devices, you always have fast alternative routes for a call. Response times are minimized, headquarters and dispatch are in immediate contact, and officers are better protected.
Moreover, having a wider array of communications technologies at hand means that in emergency events there are more interoperability options to collaborate with other law enforcement agencies, fire services and medical support.
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Broadband Access for Improved Situational Awareness
With UCC, officers can take advantage of broadband access without giving up their trusted LMR radios. Real-time geolocation, bodycam video, maps and images on demand, license plate reading, as well as warrant & arrest database queries can all be exchanged with HQ from inside or outside the police car while maintaining voice contact with dispatch. This significantly improves the situational awareness of officers when they arrive at an incident scene.
Broadband access can also enhance situational awareness by putting law enforcement data applications in the hands of frontline officers e.g. connecting them to CAD systems which use address lookups and geofencing alerts to automatically display police intelligence data in real time as officers travel through specific locations.
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