POLICE DEPT. GOES GREEN WITH TONER-LESS TECHNOLOGY

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POLICE DEPT. GOES GREEN WITH TONER-LESS TECHNOLOGY

 user 2009-07-17 at 2:42:23 pm Views: 46
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    http://www.thedailyjournal.com/article/20090708/HAMMONTON01/907080319
    Police Dept. goes green with toner-less technology
    HAMMONTON N.J. — The town’s Police Department has implemented new technology that dramatically reduces operating costs and eliminates almost all paper and toner wastes.National Crime Information Center GREEN technology wipes out the need for continuous printing and instead creates readable files on an NCIC terminal.Up until now, every national and local broadcast message that came in to the local dispatch from the Criminal Justice Information Service was printed out separately on a single sheet of paper. Over the course of one year, this amounts to approximately 90,000 sheets of paper — the equivalent of 18 cases, which cost $594 — and requires nine toner cartridges, which cost $990.”We needed to replace our laser printer, which was estimated to cost $1,200 in addition to our ongoing operating cost for the volume of printer toner and paper that it would use,” said Computer Department head Nick DeStefano. “Ninety-five percent of the 90,000 individual printed broadcast messages had to be shredded by our dispatch staff for security reasons using another costly piece of equipment.”

    LawSoft’s new software was purchased for $2,250, so the paperless system is designed to pay for itself in less than two years.Police dispatchers agree, reading the messages from a secure database is far superior from a time and motion standpoint. Dispatchers are able to read through the large quantity of messages sooner because they don’t have to wait for them to be printed, and they can do so as they perform other functions at their radio console or work station.The Hammonton Green Committee commended the Police Department and the Computer Department for the effort to reduce waste, use less energy, save money and minimize negative effects on the environment.