Mobile technology has been widely adopted over the past few years by consumers and businesses. According to industry experts, there were around 1.75 billion smartphone users worldwide in 2014, which represents a massive smartphone industry expansion. Even more significant, there are now close to 5 billion mobile phone users, meaning that mobile technology is quickly becoming the most used technology in the world — rivaling technologies as fundamental as water and electricity.
Mobile technology has also helped in other areas of society – particularly for members of law enforcement and the armed forces. Both of these sectors face mounting pressures from strained budgets to a dramatic increase in worldwide terrorism. Technology has historically provided life-changing solutions, from bulletproof armor to innovations in medicine. As mobile technology becomes even more important, it only makes sense that it has a corresponding impact on improving the lives and effectiveness of law enforcement and military personnel.
The following are just a few of the most significant ways mobile technology is helping law enforcement and the military:
Improving safety for law enforcement and the military
Many people are familiar with laptops or other computing devices inside police vehicles, particularly in larger metropolitan areas. These computers help officers access information about suspects they have stopped, including any outstanding tickets or warrants, and whether or not the vehicle is stolen. Many military units have similar devices used to provide information about potentially hostile neighborhoods and individuals. These types of features are being added to smaller devices, such as smartphones and tablets – which officers can use to receive information and alerts even if they are not inside of their vehicles. Receiving an emergency notification about a suspect can be the difference between life and death for an officer.
Increased bandwidth provides more robust data networks
As mobile network speed continually grows, it has helped law enforcement and military agencies transmit larger data quantities. Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks are the newest generation of wireless networks capable of handling substantial amounts of data, especially when compared to the previous generation of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and Global System for Mobiles (GSM) 3G networks. LTE is already capable of upload and download speeds around 100 megabits per second, and that number will rise considerably over the next several years. This amount of bandwidth allows for transmission of multiple HD video steams, cloud computational power, and access to national and international databases – all of which can be interacted with at a speed previously limited to an advanced hard line. The uses for these capabilities are virtually limitless, and include everything from real-time satellite uplinks to real-time information about the number of hostiles in a given area.
As mobile technology continues to advance, law enforcement and military agencies can utilize this technology to improve performance in the field, reduce injuries and causalities, and insure that access to the latest real-time information is available. For managers and other leaders looking to ensure their officers have the best possible capabilities to execute goals and remain safe, mobile technology offers a powerful set of tools to consider.
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