AETHER DEBUTS WIRELESS HANDHELD POLICE APPLICATION.Aether Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:AETH) a provider of wireless data products and services, has introduced PocketBlue, a wireless handheld application for mobile law enforcement.
PocketBlue is the first handheld law enforcement application that ensures both in-vehicle and out-of-vehicle personnel, as well as headquarters, are integrated into an agency's mobile data system. All connected users are provided with real-time data Real-time data denotes information that is delivered immediately after collection. There is no delay in the timeliness of the information provided.
Some uses of this term confuse it with the term dynamic data. access, silent and secure communication and system-wide alarms. PocketBlue is the first of several handheld applications Aether has planned for this year.
Over 2,800 public safety agencies nationwide currently use Aether's wireless, mobile and enterprise products. In law enforcement, over 900 agencies use PacketCluster(R) Patrol on vehicle-mounted computers.
Running on the widest array of handheld devices in the industry, PocketBlue currently extends mobile data and communication to out-of-vehicle personnel on the Palm(TM) Vx, Research in Motion's RIM 950 and 957 Wireless Handhelds(TM), and Symbol's ruggedized SPT (Sectors Per Track) The number of sectors in one track. 1733 handheld computer A computing device that can be easily held in one hand while the other hand is used to operate it. The Palm devices are a popular example. See Palm, smartphone and palmtop. . All devices operate over a cellular digital packet data (communications, protocol) Cellular Digital Packet Data - (CDPD) A wireless standard providing two-way, 19.2 kbps packet data transmission over exisiting cellular telephone channels. or Mobitex wireless network.
Extending Secure Mobile Data and Silent Communication to All Types of Users
With the tap of a stylus on the Palm Vx or Symbol handheld devices, or a click of the dial on the RIM, detectives and patrol officers can wirelessly access the National Crime Information Center, National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (NLETS), the international justice and public safety network, is a state of the art secure information sharing system for state and local law enforcement agencies. and the Department of Motor Vehicles In the United States of America, Department of Motor Vehicles (or DMV) is a commonly used name of the government agency of a U.S. state which administers the registration of automobiles (e.g., by issuing license plates), and/or the licensing of drivers (e.g. databases, over a secure network, to check the status of vehicles, persons, articles and guns, without involving dispatch.
A "hit" sends a system-wide alarm to all users, including both handheld and laptop units, as well as dispatch personnel. In addition, digital text messaging Sending short messages to a smartphone, pager, PDA or other handheld device. Text messaging implies sending short messages generally no more than a couple of hundred characters in length. support provides secure broadcast of messages and user-to-user communications.
Email Anytime, Anywhere
Addressing the absence of email capabilities for law enforcement handheld users, BlackBerry(TM) by Aether(TM), on the RIM 950 or 957(TM) provides PocketBlue users with access to an electronic mailbox and address book and allows them to relay messages, manage their schedules and store contacts quickly and easily anytime and anywhere.
PocketBlue On The Line
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"The PocketBlue handhelds have proven to be a valuable addition to our PacketCluster system. We now have the ability to access information in areas where a full laptop was not feasible in the past," said Sheriff George E. Knupp, Jr. of the Lake County, FL Sheriff's Office. "The PocketBlue system does just what we need -- it puts the information in the hand (or pocket) of officers in bike, undercover, mounted, investigative and marine units. Unlike PCs, laptops and radios, the handhelds drop into the officer's pocket or under the seat for quick and inconspicuous in·con·spic·u·ous
Not readily noticeable.
incon·spic access to critical information, which is particularly useful when an officer is undercover."
Increasing Auto Theft Arrests
"Currently, we have both detectives and uniform officers using PocketBlue," said Police Chief Michael Berkow of the South Pasadena South Pasadena (păs'ədē`nə), city (1990 pop. 23,936), Los Angeles co., S Calif., a residential suburb of Los Angeles; inc. 1888. Medical supplies, clothing, and transportation and electronic equipment are manufactured. police department. "The Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County auto theft task force (TRAP) has found the handhelds to be especially useful during stakeouts and for checking junkyards and auto repair yards. In the latter, police officers, as they walk down the rows of cars, are easily able to run plates and VIN VIN Vulvar intraepithelial neoplasm, see there (vehicle identification number) data."
Flexibility of Subscription or Licensing Plans
Aether is offering an innovative subscription plan that can help agencies greatly simplify purchasing and speed implementation. Subscribing agencies pay an affordable monthly charge of $89.95 as opposed to a large one-time payment. The fee includes software, airtime, warranty repairs and customer support.
A traditional software licensing option is available for agencies funding technology investments via grants.
The 21st Century Mobile Patrol-Office
"It comes as no surprise that the use of wireless data by public safety agencies is widespread. It is becoming rare that a patrol vehicle isn't equipped with a mounted mobile data terminal," said David Rosi, Vice President and General Manager, Aether Systems, Mobile Government. "However, the 21st century mobile office needs to accommodate all deployed personnel - whether in a patrol vehicle, on foot, on a bike or even on horseback. By introducing PocketBlue, Aether enables agencies to equip all personnel with secure and reliable data communications that enhance both safety and efficiency."
Aether is currently shipping PocketBlue and has planned an aggressive nationwide rollout over the next year.
About Aether Systems, Mobile Government(TM)
Aether's Mobile Government division provides market leading mobile computing products for the public sector. Aether created the division following the acquisitions of Cerulean ce·ru·le·an
[From Latin caeruleus, dark blue; akin to caelum, sky.]
Noun 1. Technology, Inc.(R) and Sunpro Corporation. The Cerulean product line is designed to meet the needs of the mobile law enforcement community and the Sunpro product line is designed to meet the needs of fire and EMS communities.
These products are used by more than 2,800 public safety agencies across law enforcement and fire/EMS. Aether products are also used by several Federal government agencies, including the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Postal Service The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) processes and delivers mail to individuals and businesses within the United States. The service seeks to improve its performance through the development of efficient mail-handling systems and operates its own planning and engineering programs. .
Aether's Mobile Government division also plans to offer additional wireless mobile applications to meet the needs of other segments of the public sector, across federal, state and local agencies. For more information, call 800/400-6311.
About Aether Systems, Inc.
Aether Systems helps enterprise customers improve efficiency and profitability by providing the services, software and support necessary to extend existing and future business applications from the desktop to any
Through Aether Fusion(TM), Aether's wireless enabling technology foundation, Aether develops, deploys and manages wireless solutions built on industry standard technology and backed by Aether's expertise in wireless hosting, software and services. Aether provides the business world with a single source for reliable, scalable and cost effective wireless solutions.
For more information, visit http://www.aethersystems.com or call 443/394-5165.