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The latest in emergency tech: pics

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials Australasia conference gives vendors a chance to show off the latest and greatest tech for keeping the public safe and dealing with emergency situations. ZDNet Australia took a sneak peak at some of the tech on show.
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The ninth annual conference was held on the Gold Coast. The event brings various police and emergency service agencies together with telecommunications providers and network vendors, such as Motorola, Telstra, Optus, Tait and Airwave.

The Western Australian Police Holden SV6 concept car has been on the road since early 2011. WA Police is in the process of ordering up to 48 of these at a cost of $60,000 each.

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Inside, the concept car is equipped with automatic number-plate recognition, access to the WA Police database, fingerprint and facial recognition and in-car video cameras. While a normal car can process between 200 to 300 inquiries per day, the WA Police estimates that this car can process 1000.

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The high-tech motorcycle used by the WA Police.

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The dashboard is scaled down from the concept car.

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This smartphone-like device can be used by officers to issue tickets electronically.

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A vehicular modem for mobile broadband. The larger size of the device gives the officers greater coverage across a wider variety of networks than a dongle.

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Sometimes, however, it is more convenient for officers to just use a dongle to get connected.

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An example of the dashboard controls offered by Motorola. Officers will be able to view video recorded from the car directly through the dashboard.

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All public-safety cars that record video will need to be equipped with digital video recorders that reside within the boot of the vehicle.

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The device on the right identifies number-plate numbers and transmits the information back to the officers to check against a number-plate database.

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Optus' satellite on wheels.

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These satellites are often deployed in remote areas after disasters such as floods or cyclones, to bring coverage back to communities while repairs are done to the existing infrastructure.

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Panasonic's Toughbook truck looks as tough as the device itself.

Josh Taylor travelled to the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials Australasia conference as a guest of Motorola.

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