Police in Annapolis, Maryland are thanking the deployment of Sprint's 4G technology for helping put some bad guys in jail.
We’ve been talking a lot lately about the readiness of 4G to handle today’s high-speed broadband wireless access needs. Now we have another example of an organization that successfully implemented 4G to prove the point, in this case a police department.
Baltimore was one of the early markets for Sprint’s 4G rollout, and shortly after it was deployed, the Annapolis police decided to try it out. They were looking for a good way to handle the bandwidth needs of several portable video surveillance cameras in the city.
Police first reviewed the usual technology solutions for transmitting video, from cable to DSL to fiber to microwave. They found the shortcomings included upfront and ongoing costs as well as the lead times needed for arranging connections. As the first police agency in the country to pilot 4G – via a four-month test that started in January 2009 – Annapolis’ finest showed 4G to be an innovative approach to public safety that provided a low-cost, remote connectivity alternative.
To leverage 4G, the police use the Sprint 3G/4G USB Modem U300, in conjunction with the MBR-1000 Mobile Broadband Router from CradlePoint. The cameras have so far, in a little over a year, led to more than 100 documented arrests.
Beth Hart, special projects director for the Annapolis police, explains, “Utilizing Sprint 4G, the Annapolis Police Department has made several arrests that wouldn’t normally be possible. The suspects and their actions can be tracked using 4G speeds. APD now has comprehensive visual coverage and as a result has seen a reduction in crime.”
Annapolis is a town of just 39,000 permanent residents, but thanks to the U.S. Naval Academy there – as well as a quaint atmosphere that makes it a must-visit place to East Coast tourists – the city draws some two million visitors annually. Thanks to 4G, police can keep a better eye on things now.