Police LIDAR system cannot be jammed, can be used through windshield

Aug. 5, 2010
An anti-jamming light-detection-and-ranging (LIDAR) vehicle-speed-measuring system called the LaserAlly has been found to be in compliance with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) performance specifications.

Overland Park, KS--A light detection and ranging (LIDAR) vehicle-speed-measuring system called the LaserAlly, which is produced by Digital Ally and intended for law enforcement, has been found to be in compliance with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) performance specifications. This means that the handheld device, which reads through obstructions and impediments like branches, glass, congested traffic, and adverse weather, comes with high recommendations for police use.

LaserAlly was listed on the July 30, 2010 IACP Conforming Product List (CPL) for enforcement-technology equipment. This equipment is intended for use in highway-safety programs, and LaserAlly was found to be both accurate and reliable when properly operated and maintained. IACP recommends that law-enforcement agencies use this CPL as one of its criteria when purchasing enforcement-technology equipment.

The battery-operated unit, which produces a beam with a 905 nm wavelength and a 2.5 mrad divergence, can detect vehicle speed and direction in 1/3 of a second and can measure through the windshield of a vehicle, allowing officers to remain in their patrol cars. It was the only LIDAR not detected or jammed in a recent third-party test against other LIDAR systems and LIDAR jammers, says Digital Ally.

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