Raytheon to outfit LA sheriffs with new mobile computers

County to spend $20M for greater crime-fighting technology

Raytheon Co. will build a mobile data computer system for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department under a contract worth $19.9 million.

For the first time, the vehicles in the largest sheriff’s department in the world will have access to applications such as the Sheriff's Data Network, mug shot downloads, fingerprint programs, geo-positioning systems, e-mail, and Internet access.

Under the terms of the contract, Raytheon will replace the existing mobile digital terminals with mobile data computers.

The new system will enhance the knowledge, support, services and safety of patrol deputies by migrating data communications from the current private network to a commercial wireless broadband service, Raytheon said in a statement today.

The Raytheon system also will significantly improve data rates from the old system, enabling the LASD to extend its desktop capabilities and applications to the vehicles.

“The solution provided by Raytheon will increase the knowledge of the deputy in the field, support our tradition of service to the public, and improve officer safety,” Capt. Scott Edson, who commands the Sheriff's Department Communications and Fleet Management Bureau, said in the announcement.

The LASD serves Los Angeles County, an area of more than 4,000 square miles with a population of more than 10 million people.

Raytheon Co., of Waltham, Mass., ranks No. 4 on Washington Technology’s 2010 Top 100 list of the largest federal government contractors.

About the Author

David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

Reader Comments

Fri, Sep 10, 2010

I hope Raytheon doesn't mind getting paid in IOUs.

Fri, Sep 10, 2010

Hope they maintain some sort of backup comms for when the commercial network is saturated or goes down. There is a reason governments set up private RF-based systems. Don't get me wrong- this sounds like a wonderful force multiplier for when everything is working. But with emergency services, you also need to plan for when little or nothing is working.

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