Business Development Manager
All Traffic Solutions
There’s nothing quite like an International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference to really unify the law enforcement industry. Personally, I am immediately reminded of the hard work and dedication put forth towards the notable profession it continues to be. Why else do you think 5-year olds dream of becoming cops, firefighters or other related professionals? It’s actually pretty simple. They are the “good guys” who fight the bad guys. Plus, they get to wear cool outfits, drive fast cars, and carry shiny toys that keep them safe! You can’t seriously tell me you don’t get a little excited when the Bad Boys theme song comes on, can you?
In 1893, The very first International Association of Chiefs of Police was held in Chicago, and after 126 years the city was excited to say “welcome home”. This year’s gathering welcomed everyone from the The President of the United States to celebrity guest Danny Devito. If that isn’t a random pair I don’t know what is. Both attended to pay their respect and show their admiration for the consistent dedication and bravery put forth every day on the job by so many. Chief of Police, Kristen Ziman from Aurora, Illinois Police Department said she believes that policing is one of the most noble professions, and I couldn’t agree more.
Aside from the busy streets of Chicago (I thought DC was bad!) and political punches between Chief Eddie Johnson and President Trump, there was much to see and learn. Here are my thoughts on what I found to be the “hot topics” related to our mission at All Traffic Solutions:
Community residents all want to feel safe, so they put their trust in law enforcement. In order for that to work, law enforcement must put their trust in us (i.e. our products). All Traffic Solutions puts our customers’ safety first every day. We manufacture products such as count and classification devices that install safely on the side of the road and use low power, eliminating the dangers offered from alternative solutions like road tubes. Other safety solutions we cover include, Wrong Way Notification, and Flood Alert. Both focusing on emergency preparedness with rapid deployment and conditional sensor messaging.
School Zone Speed Awareness:
I had several conversations with attendees on the issues around school zone speeding. The general consensus was, there are solutions that are helping to reduce the risk, but this ongoing problem needs way more community and press focus more than anything; and should be addressed by installing radar speed signs and radar message trailers. School zone traffic safety is a top priority at ATS. Our SmartZone for Schools solution deploys two or more Shield 12 radar speed signs with a built-in audible alert system to warn students, crossing guards and other pedestrians when speeding vehicles are near. This effective warning exceeds the noise from everyday distractions. We even take it one step further through the variable messaging capabilities of our SpeedAlert radar signs to notify the public in real time.
There is a tech race being run for the attention and budget of law enforcement professionals. We all want to make their jobs easier and safer. But, at the end of the day it comes down to simplicity, reliability, and efficiency. Just answering on efficiency alone, our products save time, money, and resources. One customer at our booth called his SpeedAlert “employee of the month, every month.” We understand the high demands put on law enforcement, which is exactly why we patented TraffiCloud; which automatically collects sign data so they can generate preset data-driven reports that are efficient and easy to use. These reports show (among other data points) high speed violations by time, day, and 85th percentile so traffic officers know the exact areas of focus. It’s time saved.
Flashing lights, helicopters and desert rescue hovercrafts:
Back to the whole child dream of becoming a cop or firefighter, I can’t help but recognize what I like to call the “badass booths”. IACP conferences really know how to bring in the big guns. I’m pretty sure every exhibitor and attendee made it a point to visit theDubaiPolice and check out their desert rescue batman spaceship. We agree that flashy lights are eye catching. Especially when you’re driving 100 mph down the freeway and see red and blue strobes displaying your speed. Hopefully a different set of red and blue strobes don’t continue to tail you in your hurried commute.
Body cameras, bulletproof vests and tasers:
I would also like to recognize what I call the “that will save my life” booths. If officers are going to protect us, they need to be protected. Remember, these men and women are fighting a war on gun control in our schools, protecting their own against riots and protests, all while responding to mandatory speeding complaints. In other words, “that will save my life” is equally important to them as what will save others’ lives?
On my flight back to Washington, while waiting two hours on the tarmac for our plane to defrost, I found myself sitting next to Erin Vermilye, Director of IACP and 15 years with the Association. We chatted about our similarities, like both being from Pennsylvania and moving to DC, along with how we ended up in our current occupations. I didn’t know Erin prior to this, but I felt like I did because we had a common goal of what we wanted from a job; helping people and working for a noble cause. She might be a Philly girl, and me a Pittsburgh girl, but sometimes the world feels comfortably small, even on an international level.