Technology in the squad car is advancing every day. Video surveillance, license plate recognition (LPR), electronic ticketing systems and the latest vehicle dispatching and tracking technologies enable officers to safely cover more ground, and coordinate with other officers and agencies. Some of these systems can significantly increase revenue for cash-starved local governments.
Most departments rely on laptops as the primary communications device for officers. Some devices in and around the vehicle can connect to the laptop, usually by USB. The laptop provides connectivity over commercial, municipal or public safety wireless networks using either a built-in or plug-in data card.