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Crimes Committed Using Handheld Devices
Project Description:

Drakontas, in partnership with Drexel University and BKForensics, has developed an online training program to educate and train law enforcement officers about the various types of handheld devices they may encounter during a crime scene investigation.

Handheld devices—from cell phones and smart phones, to handheld gaming devices, personal navigation devices (PNDs) and tablet computers—are everywhere today—every criminal, victim and witness to a crime is carrying at least one type of handheld device on them at all times.

Further, the information stored on these handheld devices may serve as valuable evidence in solving a homicide, identifying a person of interest, or convicting a suspect. This training course provides law enforcement with the tools they will need to identify, seize, and transport handheld devices and retrieve and examine the digital evidence that is stored on them.

The training course, designed for use in-services, workplace training or to support training conducted in classrooms by certified instructors, is broken down into lessons comprised of small learning modules, ranging from 10-20 minutes each. It is offered at no cost to all State and local law enforcement officers in the United States.

Additional Information:

To learn more about this training course or to register, visit www.drexel.edu/handheldcrime/.

Sponsoring Agency:

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance

Award #:

2011-BE-BX-K001

Real Crimes Committed in Virtual & Online Gaming Worlds
Project Description:

Drakontas and Drexel University have developed a one-day training course for law enforcement to help them identify, investigate and prevent crimes occurring in and/or facilitated by virtual and online gaming worlds.

The course is offered at no cost to all State and local law enforcement and probation & parole personnel in the United States and features lectures and interactive case studies that address the following topics:

  • Economies and embedded communication tools in virtual and online gaming worlds;
  • Types of crimes committed in virtual and online gaming worlds;
  • Sources of evidence when dealing with crimes involving virtual and online gaming worlds;
  • Techniques for seizing popular gaming console and portable gaming hardware;
  • Tools and techniques for investigating crimes in virtual and online gaming worlds;
  • Legal considerations when investigating crimes in virtual and online gaming worlds.
  • Emerging Criminal Trends;
  • Risks of gaming console use by offenders under supervision;

As of December 31, 2012 we have conducted over 15 training sessions across the United States, having trained over 300 law enforcement and probation & parole professionals on the rising threats occurring within virtual and online gaming worlds.

Additional Information:

To register for a training class near you, visit www.drakontas.com/training.

Sponsoring Agency:

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance

Award #:

2009-D2-BX-K005

Personnel Location Evaluation of Deputy-Initiated Incidents: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD)
Project Description:

Drakontas partnered with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) and 3SI Security Systems to evaluate the impact of 3SI’s Officer Safety Tracker, a GPS-based personnel location device, on “deputy-initiated”, law enforcement incidents (e.g., pedestrian and motor vehicle stops). Many law enforcement agencies face the same operational problem: there are many occasions in which the location information available to dispatch for officers engaged in deputy-initiated incidents is imprecise or completely.

As part of our preliminary work, we completed component tests of 3SI’s Officer Safety Tracker device and an analysis of three (3) years of historical data that included incident reports logged by LASD’s CAD system. We then evaluated the operational utility of 3SI’s Officer Safety Tracker in controlled laboratory and field environments and determined 3SI’s equipment was appropriate for operational (field) deployment. The historical baseline analysis focused on the accuracy/quality of reported locations, as well as their temporal relevance.

The objective of this two-year effort was to assist law enforcement practitioners in evaluating investments in personnel location technology to promote increased officer safety. In practice, having a more definite knowledge about an officer’s location would ultimately yield a faster response during emergencies that may occur during these field-initiated events.

Additional Information:

www.justnet.org/pdf/091027-webinar-final.pdf

Sponsoring Agency:

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) Communications Technologies Center of Excellence

Award #:

2007-IJ-CX-K013

P25 Interoperability and Multiband Radio Test Bed: Cape May, New Jersey
Project Description:

Drakontas established the P25 interoperability test bed in Cape May, New Jersey in 2008 in cooperation with the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office, for the purpose of testing and evaluating emerging radio technologies to determine their interoperability for law enforcement usage.

Project personnel tested and evaluated two emerging radio technologies: the first provided a migration path to P25. Our team installed this new platform next to conventional UHF radio repeater sites and integrated it with existing investments in IP connectivity. Our tests included evaluations of more than a half dozen P25 trunked radios from different vendors to determine their ability to both utilize the inherent features of the P25 standard and to migrate from an analog conventional system to a P25 trunked system.

The P25 interoperability test bed also served as the foundation for testing and evaluating multiband radios and built on our prior successful operational evaluation of military software-defined radios (SDRs) in Orangetown, New York.

The findings from this evaluation have had significant implications for how law enforcement invests in and transitions to P25. We demonstrated that P25 migration can be accomplished with a reduced investment over multiple budget cycles without any impairment or interruption to communications supporting law enforcement operations.

In addition, interoperability with law enforcement agencies in different frequency bands is often complicated and/or requires multiple radios. The multiband SDR project demonstrated that a single portable can provide interoperability at the end user level.

Additional Information:

www.policeone.com/police-products/commun...

Sponsoring Agency:

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) Communications Technologies Center of Excellence

Award #:

2007-IJ-CX-K013

Demonstrations and Evaluations related to the Detection and Defeat of Wireless Communications Devices
Project Description:

Drakontas conducted market research to verify the need within the law enforcement and corrections communities for technologies to counter the growing trend around the illicit use of cell phones in these facilities. Project personnel also conducted operational evaluations with manufacturers of technologies that detect, locate, monitor and/or control cell phones to assess their efficacy within correctional facilities.

We published a Technology Guide and Market Survey, along with an educational guide entitled, Why Can They Talk? to inform the criminal justice community about the growing problem of wireless communications devices used for criminal purposes within correctional facilities.

Additional Information:

www.nij.gov/topics/correc...
www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij...

Sponsoring Agency:

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center (NLECTC) Communications Technologies Center of Excellence

Award #:

2007-IJ-CX-K013

Establishing Operational Rules for Law Enforcement and First Responder Tactical Teams Using Ad Hoc Wireless Networks
Project Description:

Drakontas conducted a cutting-edge evaluation of situational awareness and visual communication tools and ad hoc wireless network configurations appropriate for use by tactical law enforcement officers.

The research, for which we partnered with the Atlantic County (NJ) Department of Public Safety over a three-year period, specifically focused on how tactical officers communicate during response circumstances. By embedding with tactical officers during training sessions, our team was able to collect primary data regarding the use of existing radio systems and the potential benefits of images, pictures and text messages to facilitate a more rapid and efficient response. The research clearly indicated improved performance in tactical officers’ ability to cycle through the process of observing the situation, orienting themselves to specific tasks, deciding an appropriate course of action and acting based on their training and the information made available to them.

Additional Information:

www.drakontas.com/articles/DragonFo...

Sponsoring Agency:

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice

Award #:

2005-IJ-CX-K004

Wireless Communications with Passengers in Subterranean Transit Environments
Project Description:

In 2008, the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) in the U.S. Department of Transportation determined that the safety of subway transit riders had been put at risk due to incomplete and insufficient underground communications capacity. The FTA determined that, in emergency circumstances, passengers were more likely to ignore safety instructions and self evacuate from trains and other transit facilities without direct, ongoing and appropriate communication from train conductors and central control stations.

The primary objective of this project was to evaluate various wireless technologies to assess their support of establishing real-time data communications among a transit agency's control center, a train operator, and train passengers, such that passengers would receive timely and accurate information during transit events.

Drakontas was charged with the task of determining how a transit system could construct underground networks to appropriately link consumer devices with transit operational networks, providing direct interchange of information between a rider, the transit command center, a train operator, and the electronic signage deployed on trains so that multiple notification and communications channels could be opened during emergency circumstances. All research was conducted with the assistance of the Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO), and included direct experimentation and development of underground experimental networks in the Philadelphia region.

Additional Information:

rip.trb.org/browse/dproject.asp?n=22511
www.necn.com/video?PID=oOicSMaLz43b...

Sponsoring Agency:

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Authority

Award #:

PA-26-7009

NetViz: A Human-Centered Network Visualizer Problem Conceptualization & Resolution of Network Problems in Tactical Environment
Project Description:

The greatest challenges for the U.S. Army’s Communications Command is to ensure that the communications personnel in the field can provide sufficient capacity and functionality for wireless networks deployed in theater.

Visualizing how the network is deployed at any given time – where the network components are, how they are managed, and what forces and geographies those assets can cover -- is a critical tool for communications field operations.

The purpose of NetViz: A Human-Centered Network Visualizer is to provide “Network Situation Awareness” across all echelons of command, particularly for those warfighters whose knowledge of network technology may be limited, but who need information about spectrum, network elements, security and access control to support a Tactical Network.

We performed requirements analyses of existing network management tools and interviews with subject matter experts to determine the kinds of visualization tools would be most appropriate given the specific challenges they face. In response, we developed a proof-of concept of a network management tool that addressed the limitations identified in the requirements analyses phase and, in turn, demonstrated and evaluated it with subject matter experts to determine its applicability and utility with the end-user in real-world scenarios.

Additional Information:

www.sbir.gov/sbirsearch/detail/3885

Sponsoring Agency:

Department of Defense, U.S. Army CERDEC, S&TCD, NetOps

Contract #:

SBIR Phase I: A09-150, W15P7T-10-C-S209

C2EM: A Robust Command and Control System for Electronic Monitoring
Project Description:

The number of people in probation, parole and other supervised monitoring programs has increased exponentially in recent years, creating substantial demands on the criminal justice process.

Developing improved tools, techniques and technologies to help monitor and manage these individuals is a critical challenge for the law enforcement community.

For this project the Drakontas team evaluated a number of emerging position location technologies and measured their potential usefulness in enclosed areas and other locations where existing tracking and monitoring tools have shown significant deficiencies.

Additional Information:

drakontas.com/articles/C2EM%20Press%20Release.pdf

Sponsoring Agency:

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice

Award #:

2009-DE-BX-K003