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On the eve of the Milipol exhibition in Paris, Thales and Gruau announce a partnership to develop a new connected solution for patrol vehicles of the future, supporting the digital transformation of law enforcement and security services.

A new connected solution for security force vehicles


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Key Points

  •  The connected roof unit replaces the patrol vehicle’s lightbar and includes all the existing communications equipment, lights and sirens as well as a whole range of innovative functions.
  • New technologies — video surveillance with local video analysis and storage capabilities, secure high data rate connectivity with operations centres, vehicleto-vehicle communications, etc. — will improve the operational efficiency of law enforcement and security services in the field.

Service options range from through-life support to a turnkey, performance-based “as a service” solution to optimise fleet availability. To meet the day-to-day requirements of law enforcement and security services in the line of duty, Thales and Gruau have teamed up to develop a connected roof unit that will replace the traditional light-bar on new-generation vehicles. New functions will bring patrols remote access to professional applications and databases, the ability to share photos, videos and other documents thanks to secure, high data rate communications, and the combined benefits of local and central data processing and video analysis.

The unit is composed of a hardened slimline box installed on the roof of the patrol vehicle, inside of which all the legacy technical equipment (radio, flashing lights, siren, automatic license plate reader) will be housed alongside the equipment for the new functionalities; local application hosting, video analysis, 360° camera with night vision capabilities, proximity sensors, UAS control and a secure, high speed connectivity unit. Housing all the technical equipment in a single roof unit will free up space inside the patrol vehicle to optimise interior layouts and ergonomics and improve safety. With its simple “slide and click” mechanism, the roof unit requires minimal vehicle conversion and optimises costs.

To support law enforcement and security agencies on an ongoing basis, the new roof unit comes with a complete range of available services, from maintenance and through-life support to full fleet capability management under performance-based service-level agreements. For law enforcement and security agencies, the solution will make dayto-day missions easier, improve resource availability and enhance ergonomic design and safety inside vehicles. The roof unit proposed by Thales and Gruau will support the digital transformation of law enforcement and security professionals and is an ideal response to requirements in today’s operational and economic context. 

For law enforcement and security agencies, the solution will make day-to-day missions easier, improve resource availability and enhance ergonomic design and safety inside vehicles. The roof unit proposed by Thales and Gruau will support the digital transformation of law enforcement and security professionals and is an ideal response to requirements in today’s operational and economic context.

About Gruau
The gruau group, the leading european converter in lcv, has been designing innovative, global transport solutions for more than 125 years. The Gruau Group is a multi-specialist company with multiple brands and sites that has been led for 32 years by Patrick Gruau, who represents the fifth generation of the family business. The group converts nearly 54,000 vehicles per year : minibuses, vehicles for the disabled, delivery vehicles (vans and refrigerated vehicles), construction utility equipment (tippers, flat beds, extended cabs, etc.), security vehicles (police and gendarmerie), ambulances and emergency vehicles, funeral vehicles, panel vans, company cars and specialised vehicle (medical, cultural, mobile offices, etc.).


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