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One approach many law enforcement agencies haven’t considered is the use of smart lockers to manage their police gear. Smart police lockers are more than just a storage system. They help you automate and improve any workflow where your personnel access gear.
Want to learn how? This article explains ten different ways smart lockers make life easier for law enforcement personnel.
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What Makes Smart Police Lockers Different?
First though, exactly what makes police gear lockers “smart,” and what can they do that you can’t accomplish with a bare metal locker and a signout sheet? For starters, they offer four key advantages: automated transactions, detailed reporting, and remote management.
10 Ways Smart Police Lockers Improve How You Work
So that is how a smart locker works. But what exactly can smart police lockers do to make life easier for law enforcement personnel?
Smart police gear lockers are fully automated electronic systems available around the clock. They never get tired, don’t need to leave when a shift ends, and never have to call out sick. So no matter whether you have an urgent request from the third shift or an unexpected spike in demand at a remote location, an automated smart locker can handle it for you.
Smart police lockers replace error-prone paper logbooks with smart terminals that can accurately record every transaction down to the second. In addition, they can support a range of different authentication types, including PIN codes, swipe cards, RFID fobs, and many different kinds of biometrics.
At best, manual paper-based tracking moves at the speed of a phone call. However, smart lockers are fully digital, so you get instant insights and alerts on what you care about most.
Police forces can also use smart lockers for evidence management. For example, the smart terminal can present intake checklists and function as a deposit system for officers and detectives returning from investigations. Then you set the lockers only to unlock for authorized evidence managers to move evidence to storage.
No two law enforcement offices have the same storage needs. Advanced smart lockers offer a modular design so you can stack together different sized compartments to store the gear you need in the space you have to work with.
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