P54 in the Media: 2000-2005

  • “New Voice-Recognition System Helps Officers Run A Patrol Car,” Law Officer Magazine, 09/01/2005

There’s no doubt that one of the most challenging aspects of today’s police car environment remains the amount of technology an officer must control.  Considering that a single human must operate all theat equipment while driving-sometimes under emergency conditions-it’s a miracle……more.

  • “Speak & Be Free,” Journal of Emergency Medical Services, 08/01/2005

Project 54 is a fully integrated, voice-operated police vehicle system that we’ve had a change to test in our city’s police cruisers. This hands-free technology enables the emergency vehicle operator to concentrate on the task of driving while a computer microphone recognizes and responds to the driver’s voice to control the accessories. It was developed by the CATLAB Team at the University of New Hampshire. Although this system was designed for police units,….more.

  • “UNH’s high-tech police cruiser wins national following,” New Hampshire Business Review, 04/15/2005

Project54, the innovative police cruiser technology developed by University of New Hampshire researchers, is being installed by law enforcement agencies in states beyond New Hampshire. The Maryland State Police is starting by installing Project54 in 90 cars and is considering converting its entire patrol fleet of 1,000 vehicles. “We looked at other systems, but they all had inherent dangers to the police officers………more.

  • “Project54 a hit – UNH-developed cruiser technology picked up across U.S.,” Portsmouth Herald, 03/31/2005

The voice-activated police cruiser technology developed by University of New Hampshire researchers and tested by New Hampshire police is now being installed by law enforcement agencies in other states. The Maryland State Police has started to install Project54 in 90 cars and eventually may convert its entire patrol fleet of 1,000 vehicles……more.

  • “Technology puts officers in command,” San Diego Union-Tribune, 11/17/2004

CARLSBAD – “Lights. Sirens,” Carlsbad police Officer Anthony Jucenas said while sitting in his black and white cruiser before hitting the streets last week. Like an obedient dog responding to a “sit” command, the patrol car’s blue, red and amber lights illuminated and its sirens began to wail…….more.

  • “Ready for prime time,” Law and Order Magazine, 10/01/2004

One of the most promising developments in police equipment in a long time isn’t even a piece of equipment – it’s a technology, a technology that promises to help officers be both more efficient and safer during patrol operations. The technology is known as Project54 and it’s been under development at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) for approximately five years…….more.

  • “Cruiser takes police into the future,” Exeter News-Letter, 04/09/2004

EAST KINGSTON – On the outside, the pride of East Kingston Police Chief Reid Simpsons fleet of three cruisers, a 2004 Chevrolet Impala, does not look like a car of the future. But inside, it certainly talks like one. East Kingston has joined several New Hampshire municipalities chosen to participate in Project 54, the effort by University of New Hampshire engineers to integrate the various electronic devices of a police car into a single system……more.

  • “Voice-activated tools come to police cars,” The Eagle Tribune, 04/04/2004

SALEM, N.H. — When police Lt. William Ganley calls in a license plate from his police cruiser, he might find himself “waiting in line” behind several other calls to dispatch to find out if the driver he just pulled over has any outstanding arrest warrants or is considered dangerous. Even using a laptop computer inside the cruiser during busy times can mean getting a record back too late…..more.

  • “Police cruiser technology takes off,” Foster’s Daily Democrat 01/06/2004

DURHAM — Technology in police cruisers is catching on throughout New Hampshire. A wave of interest was evident Monday when the University of New Hampshire College of Engineering and Physical Sciences hosted an informational session on Project 54, a voice-activated and touch-screen computer system for police cars. The event attracted about 50 local police and state police curious about the program…..more.

  • “Police chiefs to view new technology at Durham show,” Foster’s Daily Democrat, 01/03/2004

More than 50 police chiefs from across New Hampshire will participate in the first-ever demonstration of Project 54 a collaborative effort in the making since 1997 between University of New Hampshire researchers and the state Department of Safety. The demonstration will take place Monday at 9 a.m. at The New England Center, on the Durham campus…..more.

  • “Smart’ car an answer you back,” New Zealand Herald, 11/21/2003

A police officer sees a bank robbery suspect speed by and says “pursuit”. Automatically, his car’s blue lights, siren, flashing headlights and video camera turn on. The car also sends a message to dispatch giving the location and saying the officer is chasing someone. This voice-recognition system is not a prototype–it’s on patrol in New Hampshire today. It means officers can keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road instead of fiddling with switches, buttons, dials and microphones as they weave through traffic……more.

  • “High-tech system starts transforming many police cruisers,” Daily Sun, 10/26/2003

A police officer sees a bank robbery suspect speed by and says “pursuit.” Automatically, the cruiser’s blue lights, siren, flashing headlights and video camera turn on. The car also sends a message to dispatch giving the location and saying the officer is chasing someone. This voice-recognition system is not a prototype it’s on patrol in New Hampshire today, and if the robbery scenario were to occur, officers could keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road instead of fiddling with switches, buttons, dials and microphones as they weave through traffic………….more.

  • “New police cars have voice recognition,” CNN.com, 10/23/2003

A police officer sees a bank robbery suspect speed by and says “pursuit.” Automatically, the cruiser’s blue lights, siren, flashing headlights and video camera turn on.  The car also sends a message to dispatch giving the location and saying the officer is chasing someone. This voice-recognition system is not a prototype — it’s on patrol in New Hampshire today, and if the robbery scenario were to occur, officers could keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road instead of fiddling with switches, buttons, dials and microphones as they weave through traffic…..more.

  • “Police cruising into future,” Concord Monitor, 07/27/2003

As police around the country crack down on distracted drivers, a cutting edge system in New Hampshire is helping some of the most distracted drivers of all: police officers themselves. It allows officers to make radio calls, check license and criminal records and run radar, lights, video cameras and sirens while keeping their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road……..more.

  • “Police convention wraps up in Dover,” Foster’s Daily Democrat, 06/05/2003

For the first time in more than 20 years, the Garrison City was host to the annual convention of the New Hampshire Police Association. The two-day event concluded Wednesday with dinner, games and displays at the Dover Elks Lodge. Several hundred police attended throughout the day, competing in weight-lifting, arm-wrestling, tug-of-war and horseshoes. They also took care of business, electing Craig Maloney of New Hampshire Liquor Enforcement as the 2003 association president……………more.

  • “UNH project outfits police cruisers with 21st- century technology,” Foster’s Daily Democrat, 03/01/2003

A project that puts voice activated, integrated software in state police cruisers is among law enforcement programs at the University of New Hampshire recently showered with millions in federal grants. The Consolidated Advanced Technologies Laboratory, (CATlab) received $3 million to boost its program of outfitting 75 state police cruisers with a system that lets cops operate everything from sirens to license plate data bases through voice operation…..more.

  • “Andrea Electronics Digital Array Microphone Selected For Use With Telematics Application For Police Cruisers,” News release, 07/29/2002

Andrea Electronics Corporation (AMEX: AND), a leading developer of hardware and software audio input technologies, announced today that the New Hampshire State Police (NHSP) together with the faculty and students of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of New Hampshire have selected Andrea Electronics to be the standard microphone supplier for the Project 54 System, one of the first voice-operated, in-vehicle communication systems in the country to be used in police cruisers…….more.

  • “Cruiser control integration. Project 54 on schedule for NHSP fleet this year,” Law Enforcement Technology, 02/01/2002

You’re on patrol when your dispatcher sends you to a disturbance several blocks away. New to the area, you’re not sure where you’re going — so you ask your cruiser. “Direction. 200 Main Street,” you say, and your cruiser’s onboard global positioning system (GPS) plots the shortest distance there. After your cruiser reads the information to you, you say “Pursuit on.” Your lights and siren go on, along with your video camera and a signal to your dispatcher. Within minutes you arrive, the GPS relays this to dispatch, and all you need is the portable handheld device that gives you remote access to your cruiser’s records database……more.

  • “Car Talk,” UNH Magazine, 12/27/2001

In a recent Batman movie, Robin, the Caped Crusader’s young sidekick, begs to take the Batmobile out for a spin. “Chicks dig the car,” he observes. Bit it’s not just chicks–everyone digs the car. Who wouldn’t want a bat-winged coupe with a jet engine and an on-board computer that can answer your questions and follow spoken commands? But that’s just fantasy, right?…………..more.

  • “Car 54, you anywhere near Concord?,” Laconia Daily Sun, 08/22/2001

Except for a white device that looks like a smoke detector on the trunk lid, State Police Trooper Mark Liebl’s cruiser looks like any other. But thanks to a simple, inexpensive device developed by the University of New Hampshire, Liebl’s car listens and talks to him and keeps track of its own location. The prototype, dubbed “Car 54″ after the 1960s television show “Car 54, Where Are You?” hits the road in about a week…………more.

  • “State unveils high-tech police cruiser,” The Citizen, 08/22/2001

Except for a white device that looks like a smoke detector on the trunk lid, State Police Trooper Mark Liebl’s cruiser looks like any other. But thanks to a simple, inexpensive device developed by the University of New Hampshire, Liebl’s car listens and talks to him and keeps track of its own location……..more.

  • “Why bother calling all cars when this one can do it all?,” Concord Monitor, 08/22/2001

After thousands of hours patrolling New Hampshire’s lonely, often dangerous byways, it’s not unusual for police officers to develop a special bond with their cruisers. But yesterday, State Trooper Mark Liebl admitted he talks to his Crown Vic – carries on entire conversations, in fact – even while in hot pursuit of bad guys. Weirder still, he will tell you that his car talks back…….more.

  • “Police Cars Going Hi-Tech,” Edmonton Sun, 08/17/2001

The University of New Hampshire, along with the New Hampshire Department of Safety and the state police department, is creating the ultimate communicative cruiser, dubbed Project 54 after the TV show “Car 54, Where Are You?” The innovation will feature voice activation and integrated electronics that will enable officers to have an eyes-off, no-hands approach………..more.

  • “Car 54, where are you?,” Mass High Tech, 08/01/2001

The age-old question is: Car 54, where are you? The modern, high-tech answer: New Hampshire, of course. The latest in crime-fighting technology hit the streets and highways of New Hampshire last week, as the state police unveiled what they call one of the most technologically advanced law enforcement vehicles in the nation?……..more.

  • “System outfits police cruisers with high-tech features,” The Boston Globe, 03/10/2001

The song may be familiar:

    There’s a holdup in the Bronx,
    Brooklyn’s broken out in fights
    There’s a traffic jam in Harlem,
    That’s backed up to Jackson Heights.
    There’s a Scout troop short a child,
    Krushchev’s due at Idlewild…
    Car 54, where are you?

Squad Car 54, of course, had gone missing again, and with it two Bronx officers with peripatetic penchants……………more.

  • “UNH develops talking police car,” The Eagle Tribune, 01/11/2001

Eventually, it may be just another police tool, something we think of no differently than a two-way radio or a set of handcuffs. But right now it’s still new-wave, head-turning, headline-grabbing technology — and it’s only in New Hampshire. The University of New Hampshire is only halfway through a three-year project to develop the first voice-activated, interactive police cruiser……….more.

  • “Project 54: UNH Unveils First-in-the-Nation Advanced Police Cruiser Technology,” Focus: UNH College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, 01/01/2001

“PROJECT 54″: One of these days, as you travel New Hampshire’s highways, you may pass a state trooper who seems to be talking to himself. In fact, he will be talking to his cruiser–and his cruiser will be responding. Suddenly lights flash. A siren wails…..more.

  • “Calling Car 54,” Foster’s Daily Democrat, 09/01/2000

It won’t be long before police officers in the state will be operating their blue lights and sirens by the sound of their voice. They will give simple commands to cruiser computers, setting in motion a variety of tasks, and freeing them to focus on the road…………..more.

  • “Call them the state (of the art) police,” Concord Monitor, 08/24/2000

Bad news for bad guys in New Hampshire. Project 54 is on the prowl and, Batmobiles, Bond cars and plutonium-powered Deloreans aside, no vehicle rumbles with so much potential power. The first of its kind in the country, the prototype police cruiser introduces voice-responsive, integrated communications geared to law enforcement vehicles……………more.

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