A common radio
communications problem with multiple local Law Enforcement
Agencies is being on a different
radio channel when a BOLO or APB alert is
broadcast and Officers in the field miss the alert.
BOLO-WEB provides an additional "ALERT" path
using LTE and FIRSTNET (when it becomes available) and NEXEDGE.
BOLO NET OVERVIEW
BOLO “Be On the Lookout” is used by law
enforcement as an alert to all units of an urgent matter or occurrence. It
is generally a voice announcement on the main dispatch channel, and may or
may not require an acknowledgment by all on-duty officers, and is sometimes
referred to as an All Points Bulletin (APB). Datalink's BOLOnet makes use
of SmartPhones such as the SONIM XP7 which eliminates the problem of
only officers on the dispatch channel receiving the message, while other
agencies working in a County or region using a different radio system may
not receive the alert. Lack of receiving the BOLO may place the officer in
risk or they may be the closest officer able to render aid, but without the
notification, they are unable to.
BOLOnet was an incident that occurred in a county in the State of Georgia.
A Department of Resources (DNR) officer was involved in a shooting, when a
suicidal man approached the ranger with a weapon. The County officers had
received the BOLO on their radio system but since the DNR ranger operates on
a different system with their own dispatcher, the ranger didn't receive the
alert. If the alert had been received, then possibly the situation may had
turned out differently. Out of this came the idea.
Until FIRSTNET Band 14 comes into general
use in all States, Agencies can make use of multi-band radios, but unless
the end-user is monitoring other systems where they are operating then
alerts may be missed. This does not take in account the expense of
multi-band, multi-protocol radios which many departments cannot afford and
may rarely need.
How do we alert agencies on disparate radio
system? One item that is generally carried by public and officers alike are
Smart Phones. The concept is to leverage the use of the Smart Phone to send
BOLO's to all users in a geographic footprint. BOLO NET allows a dispatcher
to enter the alert via text SMS or E-mail that goes out to registered users
that are registered and in the geographic zone. This is not dependent on
the radio system that the officer is on. The figure below shows radio and
The figure shows the county dispatcher
issuing a BOLO via voice to the users carrying a portable or mobile radio
and are listening to the dispatch channel. If
another agency is in the area on a different frequency band or channel they
would not hear the BOLO. With BOLO NET, the dispatcher would push
the BOLO out via voice to her units, and via the BOLO NET interface to all
the Smart Phone users from the other agencies. Both would get the BOLO thus
improving situational awareness for all officers working in the same
geographic area regardless of radio system.
The dispatch portion of the
BOLO-WEB application shall allow any dispatcher of a registered agency,
regardless of dispatch position, to access the web server to push the BOLO.
The BOLO push will be sent only to registered users within the geographic
footprint defined by the agency. The dispatcher screen shall show all the
registered users in the footprint and their status at the time the alert is
sent, and if the message is received by the party with an acknowledgment
required, that the unit information change color for a period of 10
The dispatcher will
generally target the group of users, but the option to target a selected
user shall be provided. If an individual unit is targeted, then the
dispatcher shall show that this was an alert to an individual unit only via
color coding the unit information.
The agency shall be able to
save the sent BOLO messages, responses and unit information active during
each alert for a fixed period of time. A method shall be provided to
download the log information if so desired and retention off the cloud
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