Changing With the Times
Here’s a common scenario: a police department retains a server array that puts their on-site IT ten years behind what’s trending. Over time, eventually, many departments fall far enough behind that even software can’t be run on their systems.
The difficulty with upgrading technology is that it’s expensive, and most departments are doing everything possible to retain the bare budget necessary for effective law enforcement. There has been a bit of an event horizon that has been crossed in recent years. With cloud computing has come to Big Data. With Big Data comes the Internet of Things, or IoT.
The Changing Tech Landscape
IoT utilizes decentralized internet infrastructure, and can even create its own collaterally; that’s edge computing. What’s happened is that a neural network of technology has developed which doesn’t require expensive on-site server arrays to tap into.
The real impediment here will be as regards legal realities related to sensitive data. Technological digitization can, by contrast, facilitate more cost-effective functionality, while increasing technological capability. There are private cloud options departments can use which can make live stream video feeds during traffic stops and other events possible.
Beyond that kind of IoT application, other means of surveillance can additionally serve to help departments focus on law enforcement tactics. If you’ve got an IoT-enabled visual “net” watching a high-crime area, sending notifications to officers when appropriate, that optimizes localized enforcement capability. Especially when feeds can be accessed on the go.
Through effective management of the right public safety recording system, law enforcement agencies across the country have been able to more efficiently protect and serve their local communities. A visual record can help convict suspected criminals. When it’s accessible anywhere from a device with internet connectivity, that opens up even more possibilities.
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Beyond the direct application of surveillance technology, there’s evidence that monitored areas generally reduce crime. Some facilities have “dummy” cameras that are very visible, and this help dissuades criminals.
It’s better if you can legitimately monitor areas. When you incorporate IoT-enabled digital cameras keeping tabs on people remotely, drone tech, and Big Data integration, you begin to see the picture.
Opportunities to Streamline Department Tech
Cloud-based SaaS and HaaS can make your entire system digital at a fraction of the cost hosting the same tech on-site through a server array would demand. SaaS is Software as a Service. Surveillance suites can be managed through such options, digital evidence organization and other things are similarly possible.
HaaS is Hardware as a Service. Imagine the cloud as an apartment building, and your HaaS solution as renting space in that building. Basically, you’re running a remote network possible through decentralized internet capability.
Not all departments are going to be able to fully digitize, and local legal realities may direct what sort of technology you can use, or how you can use it. But since many departments have already run antiquated systems years past their usefulness, the next time your offices consider upgrading, exploring full digitization trends could be worthwhile.
You can expand aspects of operations management through computational technology that’s cutting edge and will remain there. Full digitization utilizing the cloud, IoT, and other innovations of this variety upgrade automatically, keeping your operation progressing. You just have to manage end-user portals, which are often less costly than total on-site tech arrays.
Such tech allows less developed departments to upgrade technologically without having to spend as much as they would have even ten years ago. At the end of the day, the digitization of police departments is a game-changer. If you haven’t explored this for your department, it’s worth investigating.