Motorola Solutions recently announced its Real-Time Crime Center Starter Kit, an offering designed for public-safety entities wanting to develop real-time crime centers but lack the resources to pay for all potential smart-policing technologies at once.

With the Starter Kit solution, a public-safety agency will utilize Motorola Solutions’ Real-Time Intelligence Console (RIC) as the backbone of the system, which will be integrated with a computer-aided dispatch system, as many as two video systems and a maximum of 100 cameras, according to John Kedzierski, director of product and solutions marketing for Motorola Solutions’ government business.

“The intent of offering a fixed-scope package like that is to provide an easy way for agencies that are looking at a smart-policing initiative to start,” Kedzierski said during an interview with IWCE’s Urgent Communications. “For many departments, they’re looking at smart policing, they’re looking at real-time crime centers, and staffing them with analysts to help in pre-, mid- and post-incident situations. But, for a lot of departments, it’s a new function, and having a fixed-scope solution provides a place to start.

“We’re focused on a scope of features and a scope of services that provides you with the basic technology capabilities that you need to start a real-time crime center, without being so large and complex that it becomes something that an agency can’t fund.”

Kedzierski said the Starter Kit offering—unveiled at IWCE 2014—costs less than the price of a comprehensive real-time crime center, but it is expected that the price will be large enough that an agency will need to fund it as a capital expenditure, as opposed to being able to pay for it with operating funds.