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Police are Using Yesterday’s Tech to Fight Today’s Crimes – Excerpts from “Inside Blackberry”

Police are Using Yesterday’s Tech to Fight Today’s Crimes – Excerpts from “Inside Blackberry”

Excerpts from “Inside Blackberry” written by Sinisha Patkovic

In a violent, scary world, the mission of public safety officers is constrained because they aren’t effectively leveraging an omni-present device: their smartphones (and the software and services available from them). Because most official emergency communications still come through outdated radios, officers don’t have the right resources to stop crimes from escalating (or even happening in the first place). As a result, we’re putting them – and citizens – at higher risk.

Police officers already know their smartphones are valuable to their work. In order to do their jobs efficiently, these officers are using their personal devices, along with the text messaging, email, and calling apps that come on them, and storing photos and documents in consumer-grade cloud services.

That’s a whole lot of shadow IT happening in an industry that should have as much security as any financial institution or other regulated industry. And, unless enterprise-grade, secure, smartphone-based communications tech becomes the norm in law enforcement, this will not change.

We’d solve a lot of policing problems if officers turned in their radios for smartphones protected by a secure communications platform.

First Response: In addition to intelligent dispatching, officers now can use secure real-time collaboration and two-way secure voice to coordinate more effectively. Also, it allows medics to securely send information and images so hospital staff are ready to treat a seriously injured person as soon as the ambulance gets to the emergency department.

Situational Awareness: Secure messaging and document-sharing apps give officers more information in advance, both background and real-time, so they’re ready for what they may encounter when responding to a call.

Predictive Policing: Data and analytics from Internet of Things devices, social media, and other technologies, delivered over a secure platform, help police forecast, predict, and anticipate a situation. Social media is an important (and untapped) source of information about public safety risks. Think about the teen who sends a Snapchat or Instagram to a handful of friends about an opportunity to hang out while his parents are away, which is then shared across social media, then mushrooms into a party with hundreds of underage drinkers. Or people in an active-shooter situation posting real-time information on Facebook or Twitter.

Better Use of Location Data: While police cars are usually tracked by GPS, there is no similar setup for officers on foot, bike, or horse. Smartphone GPS tracking would enable dispatchers to make better use of these officers at public events or in high-traffic cities, where they often patrol.

Body Camera Data Storage: The escalation of police officers wearing body cameras has created the problem of how to collect and store video. Today officers have to return to the police station to transfer the data. But a secure-streaming system can send the data remotely to the main records storage system on the fly.

Collaboration (and silo busting): Secure, interoperable communications channels with embedded digital-rights management (DRM) facilitates investigations by allowing police to share data, files, and other information with social workers, law enforcement agencies, and other organizations, while maintaining full control of their data.

Efficiency: Like other government agencies, law enforcement agencies are coping with severe cost pressures, and secure communications channels can increase police efficiency through better, faster collaboration.

As law enforcement agencies around the world are learning, today’s cutting edge mobile enterprise management solutions and apps can arm officers with the tools and information they need to do their jobs better, more efficiently, and more securely. And, as a side benefit, they help agencies achieve the universal mandate for governments to do more with fewer and fewer resources.

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Posted by on September 8, 2016 in Crime, Life, Security


10 Small Things You Can Do Every Day to Get Smarter

10 Small Things You Can Do Every Day to Get Smarter

Intelligence is a work in progress. Maximize yours with these simple habits – culled from Jessica Stillman,

1. Be smarter about your online time. 

Every online break doesn’t have to be about checking social networks and fulfilling your daily ration of cute animal pics. The Web is also full of great learning resources, such as online courses, intriguing TED talks, and vocabulary-building tools. Replace a few minutes of Face-booking with something more mentally nourishing.


2. Write down what you learn.

It doesn’t have to be pretty or long, but taking a few minutes each day to reflect in writing about what you learned is sure to boost your brainpower. Write 400 words a day on things that you learned. Write about what you’ve learned.


3. Make a ‘did’ list.
A big part of intelligence is confidence and happiness, so boost both by pausing to list not the things you have yet to do, but rather all the things you’ve already accomplished. Make an “I DID” list to show all the things you, in fact, accomplished.

4. Get out the Scrabble board.
Board games and puzzles aren’t just fun but also a great way to work out your brain. Play games (Scrabble, bridge, chess, Go, Battleship, Connect 4, any game doesn’t matter), to boost your brain, exercise your working memory by trying to play without looking at the board by playing with no help from hints or books.

5. Have smart friends.
It can be rough on your self-esteem, but hanging out with folks who are more clever than you is one of the fastest ways to learn. “Keep a smart company. Remember your IQ is the average of five closest people you hang out with.

6. Read a lot.
OK, this is not a shocker, but it was the most common response: Reading definitely seems essential. Opinions vary on what’s the best brain-boosting reading material, with suggestions ranging from developing a daily newspaper habit to picking up a variety of fiction and nonfiction, but everyone seems to agree that quantity is important. Read a lot.

7. Explain it to others.
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough,” Albert Einstein said. Make sure you’ve really learned what you think you have learned and that the information is truly stuck in your memory by trying to teach it to others. “Make sure you can explain it to someone else,” in a simple way.

8. Do random new things.
The story is told of Steve Jobs’ youthful calligraphy class. After dropping out of school, the future Apple founder had a lot of time on his hands and wandered into a calligraphy course. It seemed irrelevant at the time, but the design skills he learned were later baked into the first Macs. The takeaway: You never know what will be useful ahead of time. You just need to try new things and wait to see how they connect with the rest of your experiences later on.

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future,” ~ Steve Jobs. In order to have dots to connect, you need to be willing to try new things – even if they don’t seem immediately useful or productive.

9. Learn a new language.
No, you don’t need to become quickly fluent or trot off to a foreign country to master the language of your choosing. You can work away steadily from the comfort of your desk and still reap the mental rewards. “Learn a new language. There are a lot of free sites for that. You can use use Livemocha or Busuu,” 

10. Take some downtime.
It is recommended that you give yourself space for your brain to process what it’s learned — “sit in silence daily,” that way you will give your brain a breather from mental stimulation. Spend some time just thinking while running, sitting or idling for a while (almost every day).
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Posted by on September 6, 2016 in Uncategorized


10 Things the Bible Wants You To Know In this Recession Time…..

1. When there is a casting down, you will be proclaiming a lifting up … Job 22:29

2. Your God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus … Phillipians 4:19

3. He knows the thoughts he has towards you, they are thoughts of good and not evil to give you an expected end… Jeremiah 29:11

4. You will never see the rightous forsaken nor will you see their seed beg for bread… Psalms 37:25

5. Though the young lions lack and suffer hunger , because you and your household trust in the Lord, you will not lack any good thing … Psalms 34:10

6. Because you trust in the Lord with all your heart, and you do not believe in what man says, the Lord your God shall direct your path … Proverbs 3:5

7. In these hard times, His grace will be sufficient for you, and His strength and Glory shall be made manifest in your weakness … 2 Corinthians 12:9

8. Because it is not of him that willeth nor runneth, but of God that showeth mercy, you will recieve abundace of mercy and compassion from every angle of the earth in these period of grace … Romans 9:16

9. Surely, as the race is not for the swift, not the battle to the strong, as bread is not to the wise, nor riches to the men of understanding, even as favour is not exclusive to men of skill; your time and chance to excel even in these times is here … Ecclesiastes 9:11

10. Finally, remember the Lord thy God, for it is He that giveth thee the power, the ability, the strength to make wealth, because he wants to establish his convenant which he made long ago … Deuteronomy 8:18

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Posted by on September 6, 2016 in Uncategorized