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American COP May/June 2011 Digital Edition - Page 18

HIGH TECH JIM DONAHUE CUTTING EDGE WIDGETs — AND OTHER NEW sTUFF. Why LaptopS? WhY PANAsoNic? ometimes,Iforgetmyage—Irememberwhenthe Titanicsank.Today’syoungofficersdon’tknowwhy mostagenciesuselaptopcomputersintheirpatrolcars. Theyalsodon’tknowwhythePanasonicbrandisso widelyused. Intheoldendayspolicecarsdidn’thavecomputers;some hadMobileDataTerminals(MDTs).TheseMDTshadtiny screensshowingorangeblock-typelettersandtheyallcame fromMotorola.Iknownoneofuswouldadmittowatching Cops.butifyoudid,you’doccasionallyseeMDTsthere. Mobilecomputersdidn’texist. Mobileprinters?Forgetit! Theonlyportablecomputingsolutionswerelaptops,andthe marketersatPanasonicweregeniuses.Theypredictedcomputerswouldbecomewidespreadincopcarsandtheygambled —creatingtheToughbookbrand.Forthefirstfewyearsoftheir existencePanasonicpricedToughbookssocheaplytheywere nearlygive-aways.Noothermanufacturercouldcompetewith theirlowprices. Panasoniccreated agreatbrandandthen proceededtobuythe marketwithuntouchable pricing.Voila!Inthefieldof copcarcomputing,Panasonic isequivalenttoKleenexinthe tissuebusiness. S Panasonic’s PDRC allows you to keep your laptop in your trunk and work from the permanently mounted remote touch screen and removable keyboard. ’vewrittenabouttheinherentrisks tolifeandlimbwhenputtinga laptopcomputerintoacar.PanasonicrecentlyintroducedthePDRC (PermanentDisplayRemovableComputer)andthey’reputtingmoneyonthe tabletohelpgetyouhomeattheendof yourshift.Theirexistingcop-hardened Toughbookcanbemountedinthetrunk orbackoftheSUV,dependingupon whatyoudrive.ThePDRCisaremote Getting the laptop out from under-foot touch-screenandkeyboardmounted in your workspace keeps you safer whereyouwork.Thescreenisbigand feeling less claustrophobic. gerandbrighter,buttheoverallunitis smallerandsafer. Thekeyboardisdetachable,LEDbacklit(althoughyoushouldtouch-typeand keepyourheadupasmuchaspossible)andcansitinyourlapforlongreports —yourlowbackandneckwillthankyou.There’sared,backlitprogrammable emergencykeyonthescreenandthekeyboard,fiveprogrammablefunctionkeys andthreeopenUSBports.Screenbrightnesscanbeadjustedfromblow-your-eyesoutbrighttococktailloungedimandthere’sasunvisortoreducedaytimewashout. DualintegratedspeakerswithadjustablevolumearealsostandardforthePDRC. Yourfinanceguyswilllikethefactyouprobablydon’tneedtoreplaceexisting Toughbookcomputers.ThePDRCattachmentswillworkwithmanyoftheToughbook productsalreadyoutthere.Ifyou’restillusingaCF-27,maybeit’stimeforanupgrade. 18 Keeping You Safer I W Permanent PORTAbILITY iththePDRC,thelaptop computerstillremains accessible.Popthetrunk oropenthetailgateand anofficercanremovethelaptopfor service,takeiton-sceneforareport orwhatever.Theresultisthecophas alloptionsavailable—safetyofa mobilecomputercoupledwiththe portabilityofalaptop. PanasonicjoinsData911and Motorolawho’velongproduced thiskindofgear.They’veputa stakeinthegroundforofficer safetyandarecommittedtoseeing fewerlivesendintragedy.Around ofapplauseplease—for Panasonic. * Info: www.americancopmagazine.com/ panasonic WWW.AMERICANCOPMAGAZINE.COM • MAY/JUNE 2011

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