Guest post by John Smith
Futuristic innovations are the most fascinating technology in the world right now. The twenty-first century, once a time of the future, is now a time of the present. The Y2K scare is behind us, and the Y3K scare may be ahead of us. For all of the challenges the future will bring, humans embrace it because of futuristic technology.
As in anything, the present must be assessed before coming to inferential conclusions about the future. The following police scanner mobile applications should help gauge the current state of crime-fighting technology:
- Scanner Radio Pro
- Storm Chase Buddy
- Scanner Buddy
- Police Scanner 2
- 5-0 Radio Police Scanner Lite
The Scanner Radio Pro, developed by Gordon Edwards, is an updated version of the old Scanner Radio. For one, it no longer forces the application user to sit through advertisements and provides alerts when a certain channel has an increase in the number of listeners. Usually, when the listener number increases, it means that some exciting action is happening that commands listener attention—perhaps a crime, an arrest, police call for backup, etc.
The Storm Chase Buddy is designed to be of aid in storm emergencies. The Storm Chase Buddy application comes with Google Maps and radar images and alerts for bad weather–hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, and earthquakes. The storm application tunes in to the National Weather Service (NWS) and Marine Observation channels. Currently, Storm Chase Buddy only operates in the southern states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, and Tennessee, as well as the northern states of Virginia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Oklahoma.
The Scanner Buddy is a device that tracks both American and international major cities. All of its channels come from radioreference.com and provide many agencies you can tune in to for daily arrests, investigations, and police work. There is an update to this application, Scanner Buddy Pro, but the newer version costs $2.50. There is another difference between the two versions in addition to cost: you can record more time on your SD card with the newer version than with the old. There are quite a few channels you can surf and it is easy to operate. You also have the option of using the global positioning button on the display screen to find local crimes—such as your local fire department, police department, and other law enforcement.
5-0 Radio Police Scanner Lite, developed by Dr. James Leung, is another great police scanner android app. The original 5-0 Radio Police Scanner (the one presented here) is a free application, but the new 5-0 Radio Pro requires a price—though it provides 33,000 additional feeds as a luring incentive. The police scanner has the following features:
- You can play other applications while listening to the police scanner app.
- If your connection dies, the scanner will reconnect you to the feed.
- Allows you to send feeds to your desktop and/or laptop
- Comes with a built-in web browser and Internet capability so you can browse the web and listen to the police feed simultaneously
- Web browser that blocks the majority of the Internet pop-up ads
- Has both train and military feeds you can enjoy
- EMS, military, fire, and police codes to help beginners interpret law enforcement communication
- New up-to-date feeds added with each passing hour
The current state of police scanner application technology has been assessed. The next question to ask is, “Where is police scanner technology going?” Whatever becomes of it in the future, it will at least provide the hoi polloi with resources to stay on top of the latest crime happenings, both locally and globally. In a sense, the future is not afar off—it is now.
The Article is contributed by John Smith; His passion for technology gives him immense knowledge about new type of technology coming up every now and then.