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Recon Instruments showcases ‘Jet’ smartglasses


Vancouver-based Recon Instruments, creators of the leading consumer smartglass for sports and high intensity environments, demonstrated its Jet smartglasses at the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) trade show in New Orleans recently.

Displayed in conjunction with Motorola Solutions, the firms demonstrated the evolution of the Connected Police Officer Solution with new integrated functionality from Motorola’s APX Radio, LEX 700 Mission Critical Handheld and Recon’s Jet smartglass. These three devices create a personal area network around the officer to augment situational awareness and enable Smart Policing. The APX radio pairs with the Recon Jet, ensuring critical notifications from the APX radio can be processed without turning attention away from the scene. These notifications include channel/zone change confirmations, low battery alerts and incoming messages advising officers to be on the lookout. Upon activating an emergency on the APX radio, Recon’s Jet smartglass automatically takes a picture of the officer’s point of view and sends it via the LEX 700 into the Intelligent Data Portal over Band 14 Public Safety LTE.

The Jet is a true stand-alone wearable computer, with computing power equivalent to most smartphones on the market today. It includes a 1 Ghz dual core microprocessor, 9-axis sensor suite, on board HD camera with BT, BTLE, ANT+ and Wi-fi communication protocols, all built into Recon’s highly ruggedised hardware platform.

“Our products are designed to generate and deliver activity-specific information, instantly and hands-free, in the most demanding environments,” says Dan Eisenhardt, CEO of Recon Instruments. “Now, through our relationship with Motorola Solutions, we see great potential in the public safety markets for seamless integration between Motorola’s public safety equipment and Recon’s smartglass technology. Receiving the right information at the right time in the most accessible manner possible will have high impact on first responders’ ability to execute their missions more safely and with greater effectiveness.”