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    Cops to talk, gear to obey
    Wednesday, June 29, 2005
    By JARRETT RENSHAW
    JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

    David Hasselhoff isn't the only crimefighter who talks to his car.

    The Jersey City Police Department, perhaps taking a cue from the "Knight Rider" television show, will become the first in the state to install voice-activated technology in its 130 patrol cars.

    Instead of flipping a switch to turn their pursuit lights on, officers will instead say, "Lights on!" When in a chase, officers will be able to speak a license plate number and the cruiser's on-board computer will reply with information about open warrants or prior arrests.



    "It will increase safety for officers and make their work more efficient," says police systems administrator and police officer John Tkaczyc.



    "The future is now," said Richard Picolli, president of the company Info-Cop, which along with the University of New Hampshire is helping the Police Department install the equipment. "The police car will act like an office and everything will be just words away."



    The voice-activated technology is part of a $15 million communications upgrade of the city's Police Department that began about two years ago when the department started equipping its vehicles with computers and its officers with hand-held computers.



    More than 300 municipalities and agencies in the Garden State use various types of handheld or in-car computers to share and access information, but none have the voice-activated upgrade designed by the University of New Hampshire through a federal grant, Jersey City officials said.



    The voice-activated equipment will join other new police gadgets, such as credit-card type swiping machines used with driver's licenses, as well as one device that acts as a scanner, camera, cell phone, walkie-talkie and personal data assistant.



    Police officials didn't offer a timeline for when the upgrade would be complete.



    JARRETT RENSHAW can be reached at [email protected].

  • #2
    huh. That sounds cool. What do you LEOs think about it?

    Will it work over the siren, radio, and traffic noise? It would suck to have it hear the wrong plate and not tell you that the car is a occupied stolen, instead of a legit car.

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    • #3
      Hopefully it's not like the voice-dial on my cell phone. You know what I mean. You program your phone to dial a certain person when you say their name into the phone. But when ****ed, or excited, your voice changes and the damn thing says it doesn't recognize the command.

      That would suck when in a pursuit.
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      • #4
        Good point, how many times does your voice dial feature on your phone work correctly?

        It's a good thing I don't have a 'Chuck' on my voice dial, because after ten times of saying 'Call home' I end up saying F--k! F--k! F--k! and it would dial 'Chuck'

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Max Fischer
          Good point, how many times does your voice dial feature on your phone work correctly?

          It's a good thing I don't have a 'Chuck' on my voice dial, because after ten times of saying 'Call home' I end up saying F--k! F--k! F--k! and it would dial 'Chuck'
          i dont know why, but i started crying i was laughing so hard.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Max Fischer
            Good point, how many times does your voice dial feature on your phone work correctly?

            It's a good thing I don't have a 'Chuck' on my voice dial, because after ten times of saying 'Call home' I end up saying F--k! F--k! F--k! and it would dial 'Chuck'
            reminds me of a friend who just bought a top of the line bmw, has a phone built in the dash board (voice command),, he tried showing it off, but it kept acting up, so he started yelling at it like a puppy "no, stop that, stop it" then he yelled "stupid piece of crap",, car answered, "im sorry that is not a valid command",,,i about stained the leather *laughing so bad i almost wet myself*,,sorry, guess you had to be there

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            • #7
              Got,

              I agree totally. AND your buddy was not running code 3, trying to run a plate with the radio and traffic noise and siren, etc.....

              Hopefully they addressed those issues, but I know I ALWAYS end up calling my phone a dirty sonofabitch, ratbastard, f--ker, et al.

              If my phone were a person, I would be up for DV charges.

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              • #8
                new technology is good, but sometimes too much is too much,,,i see what they are trying to do, and it sounds good, but im skeptical... i was in a pursuit one night,, lightbar ontop howling like a dog in heat, siren goin,,,and i could barely hear my two way...but then again i dont know how this new tech will work,,i dang sure aint no computer smart person.also how are they going to get it to accept all the variations of commands,,, "you f***in sob." and so on...

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                • #9
                  I believe they are adopting the Project54 system. Try www.Project54.com.

                  If you ask me... what is wrong with the k.i.s.s. principal? It it all that hard to without looking hit a switch to turn on your lights???
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SW4747

                    Police officials didn't offer a timeline for when the upgrade would be complete.

                    I love that.
                    A true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Max Fischer
                      Got,

                      I agree totally. AND your buddy was not running code 3, trying to run a plate with the radio and traffic noise and siren, etc.....

                      Hopefully they addressed those issues, but I know I ALWAYS end up calling my phone a dirty sonofabitch, ratbastard, f--ker, et al.

                      If my phone were a person, I would be up for DV charges.
                      Along those lines, they better keep the parts of the car all gender neutral...otherwise, I'd hate to see what it does the first time some excited cop utters "F*ck It".

                      The offspring of which could well be a Porche Carrerra Victoria, a VW Crown Rabbit, a Chevy Monte Victoria, a Ford Festiva Victoria Police Interceptor... somebody stop me...

                      The mental image of this process is too much to bear...

                      ...And what is a good CVPI servant to do when its master just utters "F*ck!"

                      Do you realize that in about 40 years, we'll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos?
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Creeker
                        ...And what is a good CVPI servant to do when its master just utters "F*ck!"

                        Easy. The car uses GPS to find the nearest bad guy and starts dry humping his leg in attempt to follow the LEOs orders.

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                        • #13
                          What happens if the bad guy starts yelling commands at it from the back?

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