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Sierra, Texas law enforcement agency sign wireless deal

Sierra Wireless announced today that it has provided wireless technology to Harris County Sheriff's Office, one of...


February 5, 2004  


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Sierra Wireless announced today that it has provided wireless technology to Harris County Sheriff’s Office, one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in Texas.

The department is in the process of outfitting approximately 600 patrol vehicles and 300 detectives with a mobile offering powered by Sierra’s Wireless AirCard 555.

The system from the Vancouver company will help officers expand their capabilities to retrieve critical information in the field with high-speed CDMA2000 1X technology from Sierra Wireless.

Law enforcement agencies across North America are now leveraging recently deployed next generation wireless networks to implement systems that provide officers with the critical information needed to improve safety and response times, Sierra said.

"Allowing officers to operate in the field as they would at the office increases the speed at which information is disseminated and allows the officer to spend more time in the field; all translating to increased public safety and significant cost savings for the department,” said Willie Mata, network administrator and IT manager for the county’s Sheriff’s Office.

With the AirCard 555, patrol officers can quickly connect to the Sheriff’s network to file automated accident reports and issue citations in real time. The faster speeds also enable detectives to mine mission critical data from a variety of data sources.

One example of the immediate benefits realized by this technology involves the ability to disseminate detailed missing child alerts (AMBER) to every detective’s laptop in real time including photos.