The Latest in Police Fleet Technology

SPECIAL SECTION The Latest in Police Fleet Technology

By Police Fleet Manager Staff


Technological advancements occur on a daily basis, so police departments across the country need to keep up with the newest trends and equipment for their personnel. Today’s police vehicles are outfitted with the latest devices to make officers safer while out on patrol. Leading technology companies have products that enhance safety, including in-car video, evidence capture and transfer, automated emergency warning lights, mobile computing platforms and radios, fleet management software, radar solutions, and more. Here’s a look at just some of the current technological offerings for police fleets.


COBAN FOCUS H1 Intelligent In-Car Video

COBAN ushers in a new age of vehicle intelligence with its FOCUS H1 platform for police vehicles. The FOCUS H1 enhances digital evidence analytics by bringing ‘edge computing’ to the vehicle. The FOCUS H1 has an inference engine, supporting object identification applications for immediate notification. FOCUS H1 supports third-party video analytics software applications that allow agencies to identify objects, and even alerting the officer if in a dangerous situation. These applications enhance officer safety and efficiency—assisting officer awareness while performing their policing duties.

In addition to cutting-edge vehicle intelligence, the FOCUS H1 is a genuine in-car video system. It utilizes COBAN’s FailSafe technology to continuously record to the internal drive, while storing event-based videos on the removable drive. COBAN utilizes high-performance, industrial-grade, solid-state drives. Evidence capture and management is also simplified by uploading body camera video/audio into the FOCUS H1 in-car video system. Additionally, the system uses high-density video compression for improved evidence capture, transfer, and management—offering higher resolution with less storage requirement.

The FOCUS H1 platform is designed with removable panels, which allow for stackable/connectable modules. This uniquely configurable design creates increased capability, including expansion for up to six HD cameras. The FOCUS H1 meets military specification MIL-STD 810G—built to take on the temperature, shock, and vibration in extreme mobile environments. With sophisticated power management and uninterrupted power supply (UPS), the Smart Power Module regulates vehicle voltage and protects your vehicle’s battery and the system’s own power supply. It also protects against video corruption by supporting safe shutdown in the event vehicle battery loss occurs. Software updates and system settings can be wirelessly downloaded to reduce human error and eliminate downtime during updates.

COBAN Technologies is a leading provider of state-of-the-art in-car video systems, body cameras, and evidence management solutions for law enforcement and public safety communities. Since 2002, COBAN has worked with many of the largest law enforcement agencies in the country to deliver efficient, configurable, and end-to-end scalable solutions. To learn more about FOCUS H1, visit


Code 3 Matrix

Command the attention of pedestrians and motorists while customized, intelligent technology automates the driver’s emergency warning needs. Introducing Code 3’s latest emergency safety innovation: the Matrix, an emergency vehicle system that programs police vehicle lights and sirens quickly and efficiently. The Matrix system can configure the entire emergency package on the vehicle by simply reading signals already being sent throughout the vehicle’s computer system and using them to trigger different flash patterns and siren tones.

Program your lights and sirens quickly and efficiently with their intuitive software. Agencies can choose from standard configurations or completely customize their entire emergency system. It’s never been easier to customize your emergency system exactly how you need it with Code 3’s plug-and-play installation.

Code 3 is a leader in emergency product design, engineering, testing, manufacturing, and quality control. Whenever and wherever professionals in the emergency services are called to put their skills to the test, you’ll find Code 3 on the job. That’s because there’s a bond of trust between operator and equipment that Code 3 respects and earns everyday. For over 40 years, their products have answered the call of service with the promise of uncompromising performance.

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Collective Data collectiveFusion

The benefits of Collective Data’s signature products, collectiveFleet® and collectiveQuartermaster®, are in one full-featured software suite called collectiveFusion. Users can manage master and issuable assets, components, and facilities using one central log-in. Monitor vehicle and asset maintenance schedules, manage uniform stock, track work orders, schedule facility maintenance, log and track inventory, check items in and out, and more. Send auto alerts for expirations, due dates, and other warnings. Features include:

• Accountability by authorizing multiple users security groups that can be organized with control of secure options that manage data and hierarchy.

• Stores all inspections and repairs in one database for ease in reporting.

• Schedules and manages preventative maintenance tasks automatically so managers and technicians can be alerted to complete tasks, saving time.

• Includes 130+ pre-built reports plus an ad-hoc reporting system that offers easy, customized reports that can be created for any field in the system.

• Designed to integrate with other applications to avoid duplication, such as gas, fuel usage, RMS, home-grown systems, databases, Excel files, etc.

• Includes a proprietary report editor that enables users to create an unlimited number of customized reports based on any field within the system.

• Helps you manage valuable resources and their allocation in a view that generates valuable analytics to properly allocate jobs based on workload.

• Manages all assets including inventory fixed assets, inventory/expendable items, vehicles, parts and tools, users can create and manage kits of assets and equipment.

• Keeps track of grants and funding for reporting ease.

• Simplifies your approval process through the efficient use of e-signature.

Collective Data is a provider of high-end fleet and related asset management software, serving organizations whose fleets and related equipment are mission critical. Their fleet and asset management software offers organizations, big and small, a trusted tool to improve their bottom line. Their experts work alongside you to select the base product and combination of add-on modules that make sense for your business and your team. Once your software is in place, Collective Data stands by your side, providing training and support while your users become familiar and you experience the value. For more fleet software solutions, visit


Datalux Mobile Computing Platforms

Datalux Corporation has developed three different mobile computing solutions. All feature Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processors, run Windows 10 Professional, and are designed to handle the demanding environments of police cruisers, fire trucks, and EMS vehicle.

Rugged Tablet Solution: For agencies that require a computer that can be readily removed from the vehicle and used outside of it, Datalux offers the TM110 Tablet. It is the lightest fully rugged tablet with a large, 11.6-inch screen on the market. The tablet can be configured with integrated fingerprint reader, barcode reader, and/or dockable keyboard. The ergonomic docking station/mount allows removability and functionality in the vehicle.

Fixed Mount, All-In-One Solution: The Tracer is an all-in-one Mobile Data Computer that Datalux has been producing since 1998. It features a 12.1-inch super-bright 1200 nit screen that is fully dimmable for nighttime viewing. No dock is required and the Tracer can be installed to be removable (for switching between vehicles) or completely locked down.

Compact PC for Three-Piece System or Dodge Charger U-Connect: Fanless and rugged, the Databrick is a small form factor PC that is the ideal solution for integrating with a separate built-in or aftermarket LCD screen. It has been fully tested with Dodge U-Connect system. It features a tough, all-metal ventless housing and is compact enough to mount in the passenger compartment or inside a console. The Databrick is available with a mounting bracket for attaching to a vehicle mount or trunk equipment tray.

Datalux products deliver the features that make work easy, access to back-office information and real-time intelligence needed to keep communities safe. Paired with custom vehicle mounting options, Datalux rugged tablets and fixed mount computers are fully equipped to boost efficiency in critical circumstances. All Datalux products are designed to fit safely and ergonomically in vehicles, backed by an industry-leading warranty and serviced in the USA.


Durabook U11

The Durabook U11 tablet features an Intel® 7th Generation CPU, Windows® 10 Pro, MIL-STD-810G and 461F ratings, DOD-level security, and a full HD sunlight readable LCD. The U11 is ideal for flight line maintenance, field diagnostics, and data collection applications, found in law enforcement and field service, where users often operate in extreme conditions.

The U11 is available with one of three Intel® 7th Generation CPUs, 4-16GB of RAM, and a 128-512GB quick-release SSD, making it easy for DOD customers to remove and store vital information in a secure location. The new device features Windows® 10 Pro, meeting the needs of DOD customers by offering users a layered defense to help protect, detect, and respond to security threats.

To meet the needs of mobile workers operating in environments that are not suited to consumer technology, including rain, direct sunlight, long times away from a power source, and extreme temperatures, the Durabook U11 was designed with the end user in mind. The device is MIL-STD-810G certified for drop, shock, vibration, rain, dust, sand, humidity, freeze/thaw, high/low temperature, and temperature shock. The 11.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) LCD features a 10-point capacitive multi-touch panel allowing users to keep their gloves on when engaging with the device, and its touchscreen operates even when wet.

For law enforcement personnel, the U11 has a stealth/night vision mode, allowing operation without exposing the user in light. The device’s hot-swappable battery enables workers to operate uninterrupted when charging isn’t an option. The device also features TMP 2.0, an insertable SmartCard/CAC reader and optional Intel® vPro™ Technology, fingerprint scanner, and contactless SmartCard/CAC reader.

Durabook is a leading manufacturer of rugged computing solutions, including the Durabook line of laptops, mobile tablets, and all-in-one computers. The Durabook brand is designed, manufactured, and tested in-house to assure maximum quality and reliability. For more rugged computing solutions for law enforcement, visit


InterMotive Police Interface Module (PIM) for Dodge Durango Pursuit

The Police Interface Module (PIM) for the Dodge Durango Pursuit is a single module with multiple functions designed to allow a law enforcement fleet to add, automatically activate, and/or deactivate OEM features on the SUV (similar to the Charger Pursuit version). Agencies can customize the PIM by adding desired features.

Standard features include:

Intelligent Switch Mode: Turns the VOLUME/SEEK buttons on the back of the steering wheel into four programmable auxiliary switches that function as momentary (e.g., for push-to-talk radio), timed, latching, or progressive (e.g., turn on switch 2 and switch 1 turns off).

Chime Mute: Deactivates alert chimes for covert operations.

Engine Stop/Start Override: Prevents the engine from shutting off when in Drive and VSS is 0 mph on V6 powertrains.

Auto Park Override: Allows the driver to remain in Drive with the door open and the seat belt unbuckled when the key fob is inside the vehicle (a huge safety issue).

Auto Sport Mode: Automatically engages the Durango’s Sport Mode when the siren controller is activated. This improves the vehicle’s performance characteristics for more aggressive driving.

Optional features include:

Blackout Mode: Deactivates all external and internal lights for covert operations including headlights, taillights, and brake lights.

IdleLock with AutoSense TechnologyTM: A theft deterrent system that automatically locks/unlocks the shifter in Park every time the officer exits by sensing the key fob’s proximity to the vehicle. Includes an optional weapons rack and rear hatch disable feature.

Surveillance Mode: An award-winning officer safety product that uses OEM sensors to detect motion at the rear of the vehicle and provides audible/visual warnings, locks the doors, rolls up the windows, and activates the rear lights.

All the above features are accessible from one module with just a few simple connections inside the vehicle.

InterMotive, Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of electronic control systems built to optimize vehicle safety, fuel economy and productivity. As an ISO 9001:2015 registered company, InterMotive specializes in custom solutions for law enforcement, ambulance, fire truck, work truck, transit, school bus, RV and personal-use mobility industries. Most of their products communicate with the chassis via the CAN Bus and are plug-and-play to the chassis, eliminating cutting of factory wires. This makes for a simpler and more reliable installation process. For more information, call 800-969-6080 or visit


Kustom Signals Eagle 3 Directional RADAR

The Eagle 3 Directional RADAR from Kustom Signals offers front and rear scanning mode in the smallest mounted RADAR on the market. Front and Rear Scan Mode switches display to the target of interest (patent pending), and faster processing provides greater targeting range and improved target acquisition. TruTrak™ with patent pending Wireless Speed Sensing (WSS) eliminates VSS and controversial OBD II use. Other features include: improved performance in poor weather (WSS), and automatic radar log stores locked target data, fork tests, and GPS marked location to internal memory easily downloaded to spreadsheet.

In addition, the eFork™ electronic tuning fork in remote control replaces traditional tuning forks. The Automatic fork test method with mandatory option simplifies testing procedures (patent pending). Users will also like: Recertification notification with optional lock out (patent pending); DuraTrak™ tracking bars improve target confidence (patented); QuikTrak™ one-button target tracking with lock (patented).

The color touchscreen display changes color and position with front and rear target tracking. The user selectable options include one, two, three and five color options. The radar can be completely controlled with the touchscreen, front panel, or RF remote and doesn’t require the remote to be fully operational. The new Eagle 3 will be available with directional Ka-band antennas.

Kustom Signals is dedicated to serving the traffic safety equipment needs of law enforcement. Kustom designs, manufactures, and markets innovative Radar, Lidar, Video solutions and Speed calming devices. For more than 50 years, they’ve been right there with you, meeting your demands, expanding your capabilities, and extending your reach. For more information, visit


Motorola Solutions APXTM 8500HP Mobile Radio

The APXTM 8500 High Power (HP), the newest version of the APX 8500 mobile radio, provides extraordinary reach and coverage. The 100-watt mobile radio delivers approximately twice the power of the standard APX 8500 for VHF and UHF Range 1 bands. With its all-band functionality, users can communicate with first responders from different agencies, regardless of what channels they are using. For example, incident commanders can now coordinate multiple teams across different frequency bands. The device is especially useful in rural areas or disaster response situations where network infrastructure is unavailable or limited.

The radio can be programmed to access WiFi networks, allowing for seamless software updates without interrupting critical voice communications. It is also equipped with GNSS location-tracking technology, including the mission-critical geofence feature, which programs the radio to alter its behavior depending on its location.

The APX 8500HP is compatible with the full portfolio of control heads, from the multifunctional APX Mobile O7 control head to the powerfully simple APX Mobile O2. Calls can be protected with hardware-based encryption and the radio can be re-keyed over the air for increased security.

The product is designed for easy installation, with all cable connections centralized on one panel, and a quick-release mounting tray with a key lock for added security. It is tested to military standards of ruggedness: the transceiver has an IP56 ingress protection rating that is completely dustproof and waterproof.

Motorola Solutions’ innovations, products, and services play essential roles in people’s lives. They keep utility workers connected and visible to each other with real-time voice and data communication across the smart grid. They provide the situational awareness first responders need when a moment brings catastrophe. Motorola does this by connecting them to seamless communication networks, applications and services, by providing them with real-time information, and by arming them with intuitive, nearly indestructible radios and devices. They help people be their best in the moments that matter. For more law enforcement products, visit


Panasonic Toughbook® FZ-N1

The Panasonic Toughbook® FZ-N1 is a powerful, slim and fully rugged handheld. It’s the all-in-one tool officers have been waiting for, and it’s ideal for where work takes them each day. With an octa-core processor, angled rear-facing barcode reader, optional stylus pen, and long-lasting battery that is warm-swappable, officers won’t miss a beat. When a flexible device is in demand, the Toughbook FZ-N1 delivers the Android™ operating system, giving users the ability to develop in an open environment with thousands of enterprise-grade applications at their fingertips from the Google Play store or Panasonic’s partners: independent software vendors (ISVs) and resellers/integrators.

Panasonic Corporation of North America is a leading technology partner and integrator to businesses, government agencies, and consumers across the region. Today, their Smart City and enterprise solutions in Energy, Mobility, Connectivity, and Imaging are helping to transform public spaces and communities with technologies that predict, adapt, and respond to peoples’ needs. Panasonic Smart technologies are helping businesses and government organizations meet their technology and sustainability goals, empowering people to live safer, greener, more connected lives, and helping deliver on Panasonic brand’s enduring promise: A Better Life, A Better World. Explore more public safety solutions at


Track Star International Law Enforcement Fleet

Track Star International, Inc. incorporates a host of new features specifically geared toward law-enforcement fleet management in the latest release of Track Star AVLS. Their latest release retains the features that law enforcement fleets have enjoyed for the past 18 years, such as customizable signaling for ‘officer needs assistance’ and vehicle equipment status, on-premise system architecture, long-term storage of historical records, geofencing and reverse geofencing, expansive reporting and replay tools, low cost of operation, and support for a wide range of GPS equipped devices.

Building on this already powerful feature set, we’ve added features that allow the AVLS system to track driver identity, provide telematics, and engine diagnostic information, as well as deliver driver behavior information. In addition, we’ve enhanced the tools provided with the system to integrate with other systems, such as CAD systems. The latest version also provides access to advanced mapping technologies, such as Point Address resolution and Web Map Services, allowing access to a broad array of map enhancements, such as weather radar and traffic information, as well as to local GIS data. The range of supported devices now also includes the latest in Band 14 FirstNet capable devices. In addition to the enhancements to the AVLS product, they’ve advanced their ancillary software products to further improve the integration of Track Star AVLS with other tools in the law enforcement environment.

Track Star International, Inc. was founded in 2000 for the specific purpose of developing powerful, yet cost-effective GPS Automatic Vehicle Location solutions that take full advantage of the technological advances in the Global Positioning System (GPS), wireless communications, and computerized digital mapping. Since their founding, Track Star has continued to advance the state of the art in their product offerings, and has developed a broad and impressive list of both customers and technology partners. While originally involved in the design, development, and manufacture of GPS-based tracking devices, as well as the software used with such devices, Track Star has since divested itself of hardware related functions and now focuses solely on the development of unique software products related to vehicle and asset tracking, location, and management. Check us out at


Xplore L10

The Xplore L10 rugged platform offers a variety of tablet configurations and a shared accessory ecosystem that sets a new standard in office, vehicle, and field-based computing. Building the perfect mobility solution for agencies’ most critical workflow applications is easy with the versatile L10. These extremely rugged 10.1-inch Windows® tablets can be custom-configured to satisfy many different enterprise computing requirements and budgets. Whether mobile personnel prefer a slate tablet, a tablet with a hard handle, and built-in barcode reader option, or a two-in-one laptop/tablet with a full-featured keyboard, the functional flexibility of the Xplore L10 ensures officers have the right computing tool for their job. It is also the best investment you can make today for a stable, reliable mobility platform that will give you more rugged protection, reliable connectivity, security, and long-term scalability for every dollar spent. Xplore is part of Zebra Technologies.

At Xplore, it’s their job to make officers’ job easy. They engineer every rugged, fully rugged, and ultra-rugged mobile computing platform to meet customers’ individual business and industry standards. In turn, officers always have the precise mobility tools they need to minimize resource waste and project failures, enable immediate workflow improvements, and drive business growth for years. With Xplore, agencies also have the full support of global mobility experts for life. See how easy it is to rise above your most complex challenges with Xplore rugged mobility solutions in hand, and Xplore’s Solution Architects by your side. For more mobility solutions, visit

Published in Police Fleet Manager, Sep/Oct 2018

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