Pa. state police pick Aether for $6.5m contract
The Pennsylvania state police last week chose Aether Systems Inc. of Owings Mills, Md., to install $6.5 million worth of PacketCluster Patrol and PacketWriter software in 1,600 vehicles.
PacketCluster Patrol will run on notebook PCs mounted on cruiser dashboards, said Mike Mancuso, group president of Aether.
An officer can key in a driver's license or license plate number and get information in less than six seconds from 14 databases at the state, federal and local levels, Mancuso said.
PacketCluster retrieves data from sources such as the FBI's National Crime Information Center as well as databases containing gun, gang or terrorist information. PacketWriter is report-writing software.
Both applications run under Microsoft Windows NT. The Aether software is a component of a larger Pennsylvania crime-fighting project called the Incident Information Management System.
Trudy Walsh is a senior writer for GCN.