How RFID is helping law enforcement agencies work safer and smarter.
How RFID Is Helping Law Enforcement Agencies To Work Safer and Smarter
Law Enforcement plays a critical role in our society to ensure the safety and security initiatives of a community. RFID technology now provides police departments, forensic labs, and even correctional institutions the ability to streamline their operations while efficiently utilizing assets, a platform for managing evidence, and a solution for restricting and monitoring access points.
Here we discuss how 3 law enforcement agencies are implementing RFID solutions to improve their workflow procedures:
1. Assigning and Tracking Police Department Assets
Ensuring that a police department can monitor their inventory and assets while keeping items in the right hands is crucial. Missing items such as uniforms, radios, & firearms can spell disaster. Other items, such as personal protection vests, have expiration dates.
Departments need a way to account for these articles that are straightforward and efficient. RFID, in conjunction with software, eliminates the old-fashioned ways of tracking and maintaining assets. This technology provides complete visibility while being easy to learn and use. Departments can regulate their inventory by recording items, assigning articles and performing regular audits.
2. Tracking Property and Forensics in Crime Labs and Evidence Departments
Passive RFID tags provide a proven method for professional crime solvers to track evidence - from DNA to computers, firearms, and even vehicles - as those articles are processed, tested and analyzed.
As evidence enters the crime lab, it is recorded and assigned to an affixed RFID tag. All of the details of the evidence item (such as the associated case number, storage location of the evidence item, etc.) is recorded into a software application. At that point, anyone who scans the item's tag can easily access the associated information. Furthermore, when the location of an article is needed, an employee can pull up the software to locate the item within seconds.
3. Log, Track, and Manage Inmate Movements
Corrections professionals are responsible for knowing which inmates are out of their cells, where they went, and how many inmates are currently accounted for at any given time.
RFID provides corrective institutions the ability to oversee the answers to these questions quickly without incurring a need for a larger workforce.
Inmates are assigned an RFID wristband at the time of reception. From there, correctional institutions have numerous options for automation, oversight and access control. For example installing UHF RFID antennas enabled the facility to record all inmate movements. Modifying door locks and entry ways to contain RFID-NFC locks provides accessibility to only authorized personnel. Also, the use of hand-held readers carried by correctional officers to perform head counts or other administrative tasks eliminates the need for paper and pencil.
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