Vehicle Mounting

The Right Solution for Your Fleet

Whether it’s a refresh or equipping new vehicles, outfitting an entire fleet isn’t always easy. Between product options, safety, technology advancements, budgets, RFPs, contracts, and timing, the buying process can be overwhelming and long.  

From our 20 years of public safety experience, we have put together a quick cheat sheet of things to consider in the process of choosing the right solution.   

Computing

Patrol vehicles have morphed into mobile offices for public safety officials.  Vehicles are now equipped with the right tools giving officers the ability to do their job from anywhere at any time.  The computing device plays a huge role in outfitting a vehicle because it is what connects all the law enforcement tools together.  

With the overwhelming number of different options to choose from, where should one start?  Two main factors that contribute to the final decision are device form and durability. 

Device Form

Getac offers rugged laptops, tablets and convertibles.  Each style has its benefits: 

  • Tablet: This device achieves the best ergonomic footprint within the vehicle.  The compact device saves space while also being airbag compliant.  Placement can be at eye level and is the best setup for two-man patrols because the passenger can also view the screen.  While this solution provides the best in-car setup, tablets are built as is therefore there’s no option to upgrade memory or hardware after purchase.  However, modern tablets have come a long way in computing power from iPods and devices running android software in the past.
  • Laptop: Ideal for single-man patrol because of the ease of portability. It allows for officers to take the single unit (screen and keyboard) between vehicle, home and office.  While laptops are a little bulkier, the advantage to this form is they typically include CD drives, additional USB ports, Ethernet ports for all your connected devices.  Additionally, memory and hard drives are upgradable while in the field and battery life is longer.
  • Convertible: Offers the best of both worlds.  It has the advantages of being mounted like a tablet with the ease of portability like a laptop.  

Durability

Rugged versus semi-rugged is a key distinguisher in a patrol computer.  While a fully rugged computer seems ideal, they are significantly more expensive and was created to withstand extreme conditions (built with high-drop, water and dust protection).  Conditions that not every officer will encounter on a daily basis.  

Semi-rugged computers are built tougher than ever.  Today, semi-rugged meets the MIL-STD 810G standards for use in a police car.  This includes vibration, altitude, spill-resistant, no-fault coverage.  Additionally, semi-rugged reduces the cost of ownership beyond the initial purchase cost, because for example, out-of-warranty parts are cheaper to replace than fully-rugged.  Overall, a semi-rugged device meets and exceeds patrol and typical field use standards for a lower cost than a rugged device.   However, in extreme climates or with particularly rough officers, rugged computers may be the best option for you.

Mounting

The right mounting solution plays a critical role in the vehicle workspace due to potential safety implications. Invasive mounting impedes the safety of the officers by impacting airbag deployment and windshield and mirror visibility.  Brite focuses on creating safe and ergonomic in-vehicle workspace while incorporating all technology needs. 

Additional features that relate to the mounting that Brite incorporates are low-profile consoles, cup holders, USB charging ports and pen holders. 

Connectivity

Frankly, having the right computer and a mounting solution is useless without a good connection.  Connection and communication aid in both productivity and safety by providing constant access to databases and communication.  Reliable connectivity is even more important. Law enforcement departments can utilize the public safety-specific networks – FirstNet and Band 14.   These networks provide law enforcement with uninterrupted connections.  Brite is partnered with top technology partners, including Sierra Wireless, that ensure devices remain connected at all times.  

Each department has its own unique set of needs and finding the right solution to meet them while maintaining safety and productivity.  Let Brite help you and your department find the right solution today!

3 Patrol Vehicle Features You Can’t Live Without

As patrol cars play double-duty as transportation and mobile offices, they have to be functional, safe and tailored to the officer.  While there are some absolute necessities like lights, radios, computers and ticketing systems, there are options for customization.  Do you know your must-haves beyond the essentials?   

We outlined our top 3 added-features every fleet vehicle needs. 

1. Mounting (part one)

Computers transformed patrol operations and efficiencies.  However, adding an entire computer – whether laptop, tablet or convertible – to a mainstream car that was not originally designed to accommodate police tools (but can be modified to) mounting becomes everything.

With our decades in the public safety space we can confidently say that the two aspects of a mount you should look for are safety and ergonomics.  Safety is the number one priority when it comes to mounting. Unobstructed airbags and full windshield view are critical in ensuring officers can safely operate the vehicle.  Our expertise and problem-solving is showcased in our mounting solutions – see mounting options in our MDT gallery

2. Mounting (part two)

You’re probably thinking, “Yeah yeah I need to go look at the Brite’s MDT solutions, you just said that.” Well, my friend, this is a different type of mount.  Patrol vehicles are strapped for storage and need to be flexible for whatever mission is on the list that day.  As a result, Lund Industries has an array for storage-saving mounts.  From electronic storage to gun safes, the low-profile mounts are installed near the headliner and out of line of sight through the rear-view mirror, maximizing space and storage.    

3. Real-time situational awareness

Every industry loves their buzzwords and right now public safety teams are all about ‘real-time’ and ‘situational awareness’ – and for good reasons too.  Utilizing the latest technology to gain real-time insights helps keep officers safe and develop leads faster.  Getac Video Solutions has developed a valuable real-time platform equipping officers with situational awareness when out in the field. 

Focused around aligning and capturing digital evidence, the platform integrates body-worn cameras, in-car and dash cameras, rugged displays and server or cloud-based devices into one platform for easy management.  Not only does it store evidence records in one location, alerts can be pushed to help during incidents. 

Patrol vehicles may not be able to be decorated with the usual desk plants, family pictures or figurines to fidget with, but they can be outfitted with the latest technologies to protect officers and help them do their job.  If you want to explore customizing your fleet, then reach out and we’ll get you in touch with your local rep.

 


 

Strapped for Storage in your Police Vehicle?

Today’s blog is brought to you by Lindsey Cooksey and our friends at Lund Industries.

Outside of the major metropolitan cities, most Americans depend on their vehicles for transportation.  Whether in a driveway, parking lot or on the street these vehicles need to be secured to prevent theft of valuable personal items.  Police vehicles are no exception to this rule.  Thefts from police vehicles are costly and dangerous.  Criminals steal items such as computers containing sensitive data, rifles, loaded magazines, bullet proof vests, and much more.  Securing these items is imperative to ensure officer and community safety.

 

The standard method of security for such items has been locked in the trunk of the police vehicle.  However, the use of SUV’s in police fleets is on the rise and with these vehicles comes a new challenge in safeguarding the equipment while still allowing quick accessibility.  There are multiple methods of cabinet and spare tire compartment storage.  Cabinet storage can make it difficult to access the spare tire or put large items, like bicycles, into the rear of the vehicle.  Spare tire compartment storage can require the removal of the spare or the need to empty the contents of the rear area to access the compartment.

 

Enter THE LOFT by Lund-Industries.  Patent pending and proudly manufactured in the U.S., THE LOFT is a multi-purpose storage solution for the Ford Police Interceptor Utility and PPV Chevy Tahoe.  The LOFT fits in the unused space above the window line and up to the headliner in the rear quarter of the vehicle. The storage area used does not take away from space generally used for other gear and equipment and it fits up near the headliner, out of the line of sight through the rearview mirror.  This ensures the officers view out of the rear of the vehicle is unobstructed while preventing possible thieves from seeing the equipment through the rear windows from the outside of the vehicle. THE LOFT can be used as a secured gun vault or as an electronic equipment storage tray.  It provides for easy installation of side and rear facing emergency LEDs as well for enhanced visibility of the vehicle from the side and rear.  The LOFT can be mounted in vehicles with or without a partition to accommodate all usage types. Access to the equipment is quick, easy and secure.

 

THE LOFT is a thoughtful solution designed to minimize theft while enhancing safety and ease of use. Check it out for yourself!

 

Need to know more about your storage options? Contact us to find the right fit for you!

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