FRI 2012: Improving Efficiency with Solutions

Denver was full of activity with thousands of fire and emergency service members at this year’s Fire Rescue International (FRI) Conference at the Colorado Convention Center. Each August, over 12,000 attendees from across the county and globe come together to see latest technology and trends. More than 600 exhibitors showcased the newest fire service innovations in apparatus, gear, technology, equipment and more.

Panasonic Solutions for Public Safety was one of the technology leaders exhibiting at the conference. In addition to its range of Toughbook mobile computers and the Toughbook Aribtrator 360o in-car digital video system, Panasonic featured the recently announced Wearable Video Camera system. The new Wearable Camera solution provides agencies with a comprehensive system that captures and stores tamper-proof audio video evidence, delivering an accurate and unbiased record, which is critical for fire inspectors and arson investigators.

In addition to the latest technology and trends, the hot topic during the conference was the shift from fixed computers to tablets. Since tablets have entered the public safety space, agencies have shown tremendous interest in deploying the device. Because of its smaller form factor, it delivers increased mobility and flexibility for reporting and interacting with other members of the team while on-scene at a fire or emergency. Devices such as the Toughbook H2 handheld tablet PC and the Toughpad attracted a great deal of interest from conference attendees who stopped by the booth. In addition to mobility, these fully-rugged devices also provide first responders with the durability and reliability needed for the extreme environments they encounter daily.

Booth 7103 was packed with technology solutions designed specifically with first responders in mind. A big thanks to all those who visited the Panasonic team at FRI!