Zco Corporation is offering PublicEye to the Albuquerque, NM police department to add on in its Real Time Crime Center (RTCC). PublicEye is one of the leading real-time mobile intelligence platforms for officers’ smartphones and tablets.
Albuquerque will be providing iPhones to their officers and iPads to its supervisors. PublicEye enhances the varied capabilities of smartphones offering a prominent level of extensibility when both inside and outside police cruisers. With the PublicEye Global Device Locator (GDL), the RTCC can locate each of the officers, and alert them through push notifications. The Headquarters will be able to send secure text messages, documents, and photographs to all officers and update the officers’ “Roll Call”. This is a private forum, which provides wanted photographs, various department announcements, and gives prominent event alerts.
“At the Real Time Crime Center, we have so much information at our fingertips and we need an efficient way to send that information to our officers in the field. We are excited to partner with Zco and put PublicEye in the hands of our officers,” said T.J. Wilham, Real Time Crime Center Manager of the Albuquerque Police Department.
PublicEye vividly shows critical and timely data to the first responders in the field. For Albuquerque, PublicEye is developing location BOLOs (Be On the Look-Out) and pending warrants. With the help of the mobile devices, the officers can easily identify Watchpoints (directed patrol) and track the locations of fellow active responders.
“We are happy to be working with Albuquerque PD to further their Smart Policing Initiative. PublicEye will tangibly improve the information flow between their headquarters and police officers,” said Gary Mueller, VP of Business Development at Zco Corporation.
PublicEye is presently deployed for field trials as a part of the RTCC scheme that was announced in September 2012. At the RTCC, sworn officers at the center can view the name of a 911 caller in multiple databases. In turn, they can alert the first responders to any criminal background, restraining orders, mental health issues, or any other conditions that have been reported. Moreover, social media networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Flickr accounts are constantly checked for potential leads to the reported incidents. For more information on the RTCC, please see the Smart Policing Initiative website.
Partnership will provide further functionality to Zco’s real-time mobile intelligence platform, PublicEye.
Zco Corporation, one of the world’s largest app developers, has partnered with Ohio-based CommSys to provide additional functionality to their mobile safety solution, PublicEye™. Using the CommSys ConnectCIC™ software, PublicEye will be able to perform CJIS-secure state checks nationwide.
PublicEye is an iPad, iPhone and Android-compatible safety solution that allows first responders to easily view critical information from computer-aided dispatch (CAD) on their mobile device. With the ConnectCIC, PublicEye can now access state, national, regional, and local Criminal Justice Information Systems through a common interface tool. This allows access to each state’s defined basic query options: information on wanted persons, vehicle registrations, driver licenses, and stolen vehicles, guns, boats, and other articles.
PublicEye provides a clean, intuitive interface and avoids digging through menus and dealing with ASCII blocks of text. Officers will see a visually consistent layout regardless of the underlying response structure that varies from state to state.
“We are dedicated to providing the easiest, most secure public safety solution for our communities and first responders. Partnering with CommSys is an important step towards that goal,” said Gary Mueller, VP of Business Development at Zco Corporation.
With PublicEye and ConnectCIC, iPad, iPhone and Android devices will be end-to-end secure, CJIS compliant and capable of state checks in a mobile environment. Zco Corporation, along with the police departments currently implementing PublicEye, are looking forward to the new CJIS access and state check capability. For more about PublicEye, view our short overview video at http://www.zco.com/publiceye/.
About CommSys, Inc.
CommSys has over 20 years experience in providing Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) integration solutions and services to public safety software vendors in technology supply. They have developed rich relationships with a number of Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and law enforcement Records Management Systems (RMS) vendors, allowing them to become “the experts” in integration communication technology interfaces to state, regional and national systems: CJIS, NCIC and Nlets.
CommSys has two standardized product families: ConnectCIC™ middleware and the CLIPS™ CJIS terminal software. They also provide professional services and integration expertise for solutions throughout the public safety software market to both corporate and agency customers. Information regarding CommSys, Inc. may be found at http://www.commsys.com.
First, the user is prompted to create a profile. The user’s profile only requires a name, but can incorporate information such as:
The user can also document his or her interests to allow iLinks to make intelligent app choices on the user’s behalf. Categories of interests include hobbies, music, and books. The more information the user fills in, the more targeted recommendations are displayed under Apps, Music, and Books on the results page.
The user can modify the iLinks profile at any time, bringing up a new set of automatic results. There’s also a search function, so the user can find any app regardless of preferences. Once an app (or music album or digital book) is selected, the iTunes store is opened for the download.
Apps are presented in different categories, such as Business, Entertainment, Games, Lifestyle, News, Photo & Video, Productivity, Social Networking, and Utilities. Music is likewise separated into genres like Classical, Rock, Soundtrack, and World; Books are in categories like Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Personal Finance, Family & Relationships, Fiction & Literature, Historical, Humor, Philosophy, Politics & Current Events, Reference, and Travel & Adventure.
The Lite version of iLinks is available for free and is limited to two entries in each of the interest categories. The paid version iLinks is only $0.99 and allows more interests to be entered. The paid version is also free of all advertising.
Zco Corporation’s public safety products, including PolicePad, FireTab, PolicePhone and FirePhone, now come under a single, unified product name, PublicEye™.
“The new name better describes the vision behind our product line and eliminates brand fragmentation,” according to Gary Mueller, Vice President of Business Development for the public safety products.
PublicEye is a real-time mobile intelligence platform for police, fire and emergency medical services. Using PublicEye, first responders can access critical data for optimizing emergency response operations. Some of that data has been bottled up in back-end systems but until PublicEye could never be accessed in time to help save property and lives. Other data is now available for first responders from sources never accessible before. This includes information from websites, live video and surveillance systems, and even social media.
Every first responder, using a secure link, uses their iPhone, iPad or Android device to monitor 911 calls as they occur on a real-time map and in a list, and with one touch gets complete details. Other incidents and objects, such as sex offenders’ residences, HazMat sites, condemned buildings, or other points of interest, can be superimposed on the map. It even helps police, fire and EMS to interoperate with each other within their own communities or with their counterparts in adjacent communities.
Along with the name change, PublicEye brings the general public into policing, firefighting and emergency medical services like never before. At a house fire, for example, a neighbor calls 911 and takes a photo (or video) and uploads it to her Twitter (or YouTube or Flickr) account. The Twitter icon appears next to the 911 icon on the responders’ PublicEye device. First responders and chiefs see the photo with one touch.
Public safety departments can initiate tweets and other social media postings to warn, inform and educate the community. Road closings or travel restrictions can be communicated quickly to a wide audience. Officers can take pictures of suspects right from surveillance video and send a group MMS to other officers to be on the lookout. They can even watch live surveillance video from schools and other public buildings.
When it comes to public safety, PublicEye gives police, fire and EMS departments the power to do more with less.
Zco teams up with marketing agency wedü to present on the effectiveness of mobile apps as a business tool.
Zco Corporation, one of the world’s largest custom mobile app developers, will be hosting a New Hampshire networking event in association with the 603 Networking Group. The event is free of charge and will take place at the Millyard Technology Park in Nashua, NH on Monday, February 25 at 6:30pm.
Large and small businesses alike are developing strategies to capitalize on the growing mobile market, which is expected to be worth $35 billion by 2017. This event will cater to New Hampshire-based businesses looking for ways to effectively promote their products and services through a mobile medium, while having the opportunity to network with other local professionals.
David Asplund, Account Executive at Zco, will be presenting on utilizing mobile technology for business purposes. Topics covered during the presentation will include the advantages of custom mobile software, types of engaging mobile technology, and examples of businesses that currently employ a successful mobile strategy.
Co-presenting with Asplund will be a representative from local advertising and marketing agency wedü. Wedü specializes in both online and offline marketing initiatives, including print media and interactive web design.
After the presentation, attendees will be encouraged to meet other local business professionals in a networking session. There will also be an opportunity to interact with some of Zco’s 3D games and augmented reality applications or play pool on one of three tables.
Complimentary refreshments and appetizers will be available. To register, or find more information about the event, please visit the event page.
NOTE: As of February 2013, PolicePad and FireTab are now PublicEye.
Apple and technology supplier CDW-G are organizing two events focused on the role of emerging technology in the public safety field. Zco Corporation and AirWatch will join Apple and CDW-G to discuss how to upgrade legacy systems with mobile solutions to keep police officers and firefighters connected at all times.
The two events are scheduled for Boston, MA and Reston, VA:
At each seminar, Zco will present PolicePad and FireTab to the audience for approximately one hour, starting at 12:30. These software applications turn iPads, iPad minis, iPhones and Android devices into serious tools for first responders by providing intuitive fingertip access to information. Any police officer or firefighter in the field can use PolicePad and FireTab to access real-time data such as 911 calls, sex offenders, other persons of interest, hydrant locations, HazMats, building preplans and other information on maps and in lists.
“We’re proud to exhibit the capabilities of PolicePad and FireTab to department officials from around the Boston and Washington D.C. areas,” said Gary Mueller, Zco’s Vice President of Business Development.
The Lowell, MA Police Department will also have the opportunity to convey its own experience using PolicePad in the field. Lowell was the first municipality to deploy PolicePad and has been instrumental in its early development.
“Why would I want to put a computer in their car when they can have it in their hands?” said Lowell’s Management Information Systems Officer Craig Withycombe in an interview with the Lowell Sun. “If the car is sitting in a parking lot, the computer isn’t being used.”
Mobile VPN for iPhone and iPad helps police and firefighters stay alert by providing secure, uninterrupted access to public safety records in remote areas.
NOTE: As of February 2013, PolicePad and FireTab are now PublicEye.
Columbitech Inc., a leading mobile VPN security provider, announced today that it is partnering with Zco Corporation, the company behind PolicePad® and FireTab®, to provide police and firefighters with uninterrupted, secure access to public safety records. The city of Lowell, Mass., with a population of 107,000, will have the first police department to use PolicePad with built-in VPN functionality.
The PolicePad and FireTab software runs on iPads, iPhones and Android devices, providing access to 911 calls, warrants, vehicle registration, driver information, sex offenders and other persons of interest, fire hydrants, and hazardous materials mappings. It enables replacement of ruggedized notebook computers costing as much as $6,000 with mobile devices costing $800 or less. In addition, PolicePad and FireTab provide out-of-vehicle mobility, use built-in cameras, support multiparty messaging and connect to surveillance systems.
Zco used the Columbitech Application SDK to integrate mobile VPN functionality into the PolicePad and FireTab software. The Columbitech mobile VPN is FIPS 140-2-validated by the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology and compliant with the Criminal Justice Information Services’ policy for law enforcement agencies using wireless technology to connect to federal systems. It supports advanced two-factor authentication with unique client certificates, user-based public key infrastructure, one-time passwords, smartcards, biometric systems, and software and hardware tokens. Information is encrypted, using up to 256-bit AES encryption.
The VPN eliminates problems with dropped connections in remote areas. It creates a persistent connection between the mobile device and the server as police and firefighters move around and switch networks or temporarily lose coverage.
“The Lowell Police Department is looking to meet the highest-encryption, FIPS 140-2 standards for CJIS data traffic,” says Kenneth Lavallee, superintendent of the Lowell Police Department. “Columbitech and Zco help us fully meet those standards.”
“Columbitech enables us to deliver information in compliance with the CJIS requirements while improving the availability of the PolicePad and FireTab applications in areas with spotty coverage,” says Gary Mueller, vice president of business development at Zco Corporation. “By putting information at the police officers’ fingertips, crimes can be solved faster and officers can stay alert to their surroundings.”
“We are proud that an industry leader such as Zco has chosen to work with Columbitech,” says Tobias Englund, president of Columbitech. “By using our application SDK, the extra layer of security becomes completely transparent to the users.”
PolicePad and FireTab will be demonstrated at the MCOPA 2013 Feb. 7-8.
Columbitech protects the entire workforce with one FIPS-validated VPN solution. With more than two million users, customers include three of the top 10 U.S. retailers, public safety agencies, all U.S. military branches and telecom providers. Columbitech is privately held, with offices in Stockholm and New York.
A new game for the iPhone, iPad
www.timwellsbowhunter.com and Android devices places the player in a caveman’s shoes to hunt stegosaurs, pterodactyls and tyrannosaurs. TRex Hunt is now available in the iTunes App Store and Google Play for $1.99.
The game uses 3D graphics to immerse the player in the ancient world. The player can explore an entire island in every direction, avoiding or confronting dinosaurs as they approach.
But this is no simple hunt. Boltar, an evil caveman, has kidnapped the player’s mate and a rescue must be mounted. Between the player and the island where she is being held are many flesh eating dinosaurs, including the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex.
The player begins with a simple club to hunt his prey. As the player progresses, he can purchase more and deadlier weapons using the bones of animals he’s killed. Each level makes more weapons available, including:
There are even arrow upgrades, including fire tipped and broad head arrows for increasing the lethality of each strike. A healing herb can restore some health the player might have lost to a dinosaur attack, and scent killer hides the caveman’s odor from the noses of predators. The more the player keeps in his inventory, the more likely he is to survive.
In the real world, of course, prehistoric man and dinosaurs did not exist at the same time; they were separated by tens of millions of years. In TRex Hunt, however, the two are thrust together in a battle for survival. If the player’s primitive weaponry skills can overcome the raw strength of the many tyrannosaurs he encounters, he will live another day.
TRex Hunt was created from the chronicles of Tim Wells, the world’s greatest primitive weapons hunter. Learn more about him and enter to win cash and prizes at www.timwellsbowhunter.com.
Google Play link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.huntex.trexhunt&hl=en
Conference will focus on PR strategies for Biotech industry.
Mobile Application Developer Zco Corporation will sponsor and exhibit at the 2nd Annual Pharmaceutical Public Relations and Corporate Communications Conference. The event will be held at the Boston Omni Parker House January 24 through 25.
Directors and Managers of Public Affairs within the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries will be in attendance, along with experts in business development, media, and communications. Throughout the conference, 16 speakers representing 13 biotechnology companies will present material in support of instituting a more efficient communication system.
Representatives from Zco Corporation will be available to discuss the effectiveness of mobile applications and animations in medical and pharmaceutical industries. Utilizing custom software has been shown to improve communication between co-workers, clients and patients alike. Ernst and Young reported that pharmaceutical investments in apps, social media, and wireless devices have grown 78% since 2010. Mobile applications can alleviate the complications of some procedures by turning an unpleasant task, such as giving a child a shot, into a game or animated video aimed at entertaining the patient.
Similarly, developing applications for medical professionals or students can assist them in providing exceptional healthcare. An example of this is utilizing 3D animation to make medical or surgical training a more engaging and memorable process.
The utilization of mobile apps in the pharmaceutical industry is on the rise. According to mHealth Watch, half of physicians who own a smartphone utilize drug reference applications. A study produced by Digitas Health shows that 40% of HCPs are interested in applications that can show images, video, or additional information to their patients.
Throughout the program, attendees will have opportunities to learn from experts in the industry and share their experiences and successes. Items on the agenda including keynotes, round-table discussions, breakout sessions, and case-study presentations focused on best practices for establishing effective communication efforts in an ever-changing market.
A communication strategy can include promoting social media and the distribution of press releases. Tutorials on how to effectively employ both mediums of communication will be thoroughly discussed over the course of the event. Additionally, the Pharmaceutical Conference will explore the most successful methods of tapping into the emerging market outside of the United States.
The event will also serve as an opportunity for attendees to reach out to others in the field. According to the conference website, business models and strategies will be the likely talking points during networking sessions.
The 2nd Annual Pharmaceutical Public Relations and Corporate Communications Conference is presented by Q1 Productions.
Publishing professionals gather to identify opportunities in a growing digital publishing environment.
The annual conference aims to inform publishers of all sizes and philosophies about digital publishing strategies, and the digital transformation of previously printed material. The event brings together over 1,000 professionals in the technology and publishing industries to discern how technology and printed media are coming together.
Zco Corporation specializes in multi-platform mobile app development including iOS and Android devices. Mobile development experts representing Zco are staffing booth #17 and discussing animated books, augmented reality and the advantages of developing custom mobile applications for publishers. Augmented reality combines computer-generated images and effects with real-time environments through the use of devices such as smartphones and tablets. The inclusion of augmented reality and animated books in the digital publishing industry allows text to become interactive and more engaging.
Digital Book World’s attendees participate in various sessions across two days. The sessions focus on the challenges and opportunities facing publishers today, with an emphasis on digital publishing and using technology in the classroom. According to the conference website, over 80 speakers present their experiences in “finding the right mix of strategy and tactics to develop digital business.”
In addition to the speaker sessions, there is a series of pre-conference workshops that touch on how digital media manages copyright procedures, influences sales, and engages social media communities.
The conference promotes learning points including business operations, marketing, and implementing new technology. Each area expands on the most effective ways to grow a business through a digital transfer of printed material. The expo also serves as a place for networking and the chance to partner with authors, agents, or publishers.