May 12, 2008
Mobile Technology Continues to Aid Law Enforcement Agencies Fighting Crime in the Information Age
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & SECAUCUS, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 12, 2008--Whether on routine patrol or responding to an emergency situation, law enforcement officers rely heavily on mobile technology to ensure the safety of citizens and communities. Sprint (NYSE:S) and Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, manufacturer of rugged, reliable Panasonic Toughbook(R) mobile computers, understand the needs of law enforcement customers and offer integrated mobile solutions that are interoperable across jurisdictions and allow agencies to communicate effectively and perform their day-to-day duties.
As part of National Police Week and in recognition of the powerful way that private citizens and law enforcement officers can work together through the use of mobile technology, Sprint, Panasonic and ICOP Digital, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICOP), are hosting an event to honor John Walsh and "America's Most Wanted" (AMW) for the successful capture of 1,000 fugitives from justice. "Night of a Thousand Captures" takes place at Arena NYC, 135 West 41st St. in New York City on Wednesday, May 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
"Technology has always been an integral part of law enforcement, and in the 20 years since 'America's Most Wanted' first aired, putting reliable mobile computing and wireless communications in the hands of police officers has become essential," said John Walsh, host of AMW. "Each of the thousand captures to date required extraordinary cooperation between officers and the communication technology supporting them, and we appreciate the support we receive from our industry partners, Sprint and Panasonic."
Sprint has a long history of serving the public safety community with differentiated solutions, including the largest portfolio of rugged devices that assist officers with their day-to-day operations. Law enforcement officers can access information they need immediately by using Sprint-certified rugged laptops, equipped with built-in broadband access to the Sprint Mobile Broadband network, enhancing their mobile productivity. Nextel Direct Connect, the leading and fastest push-to-talk solution in the industry, is a valued tool because it enables instant conversations to share information and make decisions quickly. It also has the only "off-network" capability, Direct Talk(SM), which is critical for public safety users during emergency response situations. This short-range radio-to-radio capability provides a critical communications option when the network is unavailable. (Environment, terrain, structures, in-building use and other factors may affect the range or performance.) Sprint also offers exclusive public safety applications such as Priority Connect(R), Emergency Talkgroup(SM) and Priority on Group Connect.
"At Sprint, we understand the needs of our public safety customers. We work with leading industry partners like Panasonic to offer solutions specially designed to aid public safety personnel," said Chris Hackett, vice president of Business and Government Solutions at Sprint. "Sprint solutions, including Nextel Direct Connect, Sprint Mobile Broadband and Nextel Dispatch Integration, give public safety officials the tools that they need to respond effectively to emergency situations."
Panasonic supplies rugged Toughbook mobile computing solutions and the Toughbook Arbitrator mobile digital video recording system to more than 5,000 law enforcement agencies in the United States and Canada. Crime-fighting technology must be dependable, technologically advanced, and cost-effective for often budget-constrained police departments. Patrol units use Panasonic Toughbook mobile computers with advanced wireless technology to instantly link to criminal databases from virtually any location, gaining immediate access to critical data. Each fully rugged model is thoroughly tested to withstand the demanding environments faced by officers every day, including extreme temperatures, vibration, dust and moisture.
"Panasonic is committed to providing the men and women of law enforcement with durable, reliable, mobile technology solutions to fight crime in the information age," said Rance M. Poehler, president, Panasonic Computer Solutions Company. "Each Toughbook is engineered to leverage the full potential of mobile broadband networks for law enforcement, providing officers with real-time access to information through the most dependable mobile computing technology, providing the highest degree of reliability in this mission-critical environment."
Sprint, Panasonic and ICOP are also supporting several national events including the Washington D.C. Law Ride on May 10. ICOP, a Sprint partner and an industry-leading company engaged in advancing digital-surveillance solutions, offers a suite of products including its innovative ICOP LIVE(TM) audio and video streaming solution. ICOP LIVE relays critical real-time information concerning a site or event to first responders before they reach the scene. The solution enables audio and video to live stream to and from a first responder vehicle - over the Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, optimized by EV-DO Revision A. The Sprint Mobile Broadband Network (inclusive of data roaming) reaches more than 246 million people across the country.
To learn more about Sprint solutions available for law enforcement agencies, visit www.sprint.com/government
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including two wireless networks serving nearly 53 million customers at the end of the first quarter 2008; industry-leading mobile data services; instant national and international walkie-talkie capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. For more information, visit www.sprint.com.
About Panasonic Computer Solutions Company
Panasonic Computer Solutions Company empowers the mobile workforce. The company is a unit of Panasonic Corporation of North America, which is the principal North American subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (NYSE:MC). Panasonic has delivered reliable, durable mobile solutions through its Toughbook(R) line of notebook computers for fifteen years and has expanded the boundaries of wireless communications technology through a broad portfolio of products, ranging from fully rugged, industrial strength notebook computers and tablet PCs to business-rugged thin and-light and ultraportable notebooks. A core manufacturer, Matsushita and its subsidiaries control the entire process of design, manufacture, quality assurance, service and support. As a result, Panasonic Toughbooks are known for having the lowest failure rates in the industry. Government, industrial, and commercial users--from Fortune 1,000 companies to small businesses--rely on solutions from Panasonic, wherever their work takes them.
All brand and company/product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies. All specifications are subject to change without notice. Information on Panasonic's full line of notebook PCs for the mobile professional can be obtained by calling 800-662-3537 or at http://www.panasonic.com/toughbook.
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SOURCE: Sprint Nextel