Advanced law enforcement and response technology
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A central control system is described that affords intuitive and easy control of numerous subsystems associated with a police car or other emergency vehicle and reduces the cockpit clutter associated with present control systems. A single user interface device is associated with a central controller capable of receiving input commands and outputting device control commands to a plurality of controlled devices or subsystems. Preferably, the central controller comprises a programmable digital computer. An emergency response system is also described which rapidly coordinates and controls operation of a plurality of emergency subsystems associated with the vehicle in accordance with a predetermined scheme of operation for the devices. In one preferred embodiment, the controller receives a single input command and, in response, provides specific device control commands to several individual controlled devices on a relatively simultaneous basis. A hierarchical device command structure is also taught which permits individual control of features among each of the controlled subsystems.
Morgan, Joseph; Hausman, Johnny R.; Chilek, Shawn; Hubenak, Greg; Kappler, David; Witz, John; Wright, George B. (2002). Advanced law enforcement and response technology. United States. Patent and Trademark Office; Texas A&M University. Libraries. Available electronically from