Firearms Simulation

Each day, law-enforcement officers must make instantaneous decisions on life-and-death situations. To help officers train for such a difficult task, Florida's Indian River County Sheriff's Department is using Range 2000, a computer/digital video simulation system.

A video projection -- controlled by a trainer -- creates realistic scenarios that confront the officers. The action of the video images is manipulated by the trainer based on what action the officers take. Scenarios provide either a "give up," "escalate" or "re-escalate" situation.

For the training, a small laser is installed on the officer's weapon. The system also allows officers to train in the use of pepper spray.

Law enforcement agencies can customize their own scenarios to serve their needs.

The system was originally designed for military combat training.

For additional information, contact IES, 8031 N. Academy Blvd., #322, Colorado Springs, CO 80920. Call Creg Otte at 719/481-2549.

Also contact Indian River County Sheriff's Department. Call Pete Kersey at 561/569-6700 x405.


Nonstop Weigh Station

To reduce traffic congestion, accelerate delivery, reduce in-line idling and waste of fuel and time, PrePass allows trucks to be weighed and checked for their state-required safety regulations as they approach a weigh station at highway speed. Thirty-two sites throughout the nation currently use PrePass.

PrePass weigh stations utilize an automatic vehicle classification (AVC) system, employing weigh-in-motion (WIM) sensors and automatic vehicle identification (AVI) antennas. As a truck passes over the WIM sensors, the distance between axles is measured and the weight of each axle or combination of axles is recorded and used to calculate the truck's total gross weight. The in-cab transponder identifies the truck to the weigh-station computer.

After the truck is weighed and credentials are verified, a vehicle-to-road communications (VRC) antenna at the site communicates bypass status to the driver via the in-cab transponder. The in-cab transponder is installed approximately two inches to the right from the center of the windshield and three inches from the top. Bypass status to the driver is communicated via a green or red light and audio signal. By watching the in-cab transponder, a driver knows immediately whether to bypass or pull into a weigh station.

A monthly statement is mailed to the drivers/couriers, providing

date, time, recorded weight and other statistics.

Only the safest carriers can subscribe to PrePass.

For additional information, contact PrePass, 881 Martin Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95050-2903. 800/773-7277..


Safe Approach

To ensure a precision approach and a safe landing, Air China will equip 10 of its Boeing 777 aircraft with the Collins Series 900 Multiple-Mode Receivers (MMR).

MMR allows for the integration of an Instrument Landing System (ILS), a Microwave Landing System (MLS) or a Global Positioning Satellite (GPS), allowing airlines to operate in any instrument flight environment. Both ILS and GPS support two or more landing systems standards.

For additional information, contact Collins Commercial Avionics, Rockwell International Corporation, 400 Collins Road NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52498. Call Thomas Walsh at 319/295-8485.


Is It Windy?

The Kestrel Pocket Wind Meter allows users to accurately measure wind speeds between 0.7mph and 89mph.

Wind speed can be converted into a variety of units -- knots, meters per second, kilometers per hour, miles per hour and feet per minute -- to serve a variety of applications, such as fire fighting, law enforcement and Coast Guard operations.

It features a liquid-crystal display and has three operating modes: wind speed, average wind speed and maximum wind speed. Two buttons control every function. An auto shutdown feature activates 30 minutes after the last key entry.

The meter is waterproof and shock resistant. It weighs 1.5 ounces and is powered by a replaceable coin cell with a typical life of 400 hours.