Technical Info for Archangel II
- Archangel II uses an "OBD Processor" that plugs into the vehicle using the On-Board Diagnostic port, while the USB cable plugs into the computer. Our software continuously monitors the vehicle's speed through this processor. The OBD Processor will work with all vehicles 1996 or newer manufactured in the United States. The USB cable will also work if plugged in to a docking station.
- Once a speed limit you determine has been reached, the computer goes on "lock-down" and limits the use of the keyboard/mouse/touch screen to your specifications. You determine what keystrokes and mouse clicks are allowed on a per Window basis. Any Window that the officer has opened will continue to update even when on lock-down. For Example, if a GPS Map is on the screen when the computer goes on lock-down, the GPS Map will continue to update as the officer travels even though he/she cannot interact with the map unless you explicitly give them permission to do so.
- Our software works with Windows XP and Windows 7. We are currently testing it under Windows 8. Our software takes up very little CPU time and memory. It will not affect the computer's normal operation. It does not rely on Microsoft's .NET Framework. It is based on native Windows API calls. It is very flexible and very configurable. Seperate Windows can be locked down differently to your choosing.
- It is also designed to be tamper-proof. Should the officer try and disable it in any way or there is a mechanical malfuntion of any component in the system, it will lock the computer down. The software will "error on the side of lock-down" for lack of a better term. Any software package can be stopped if the user has administrative rights to the computer. Our software is no different. You can delete the program files in the Program Files folder. There are many different ways. It is highly recommended that users not have administrative rights to their computers to prevent stopping the software.
- We are aware several Departments need to use their computers outside of the squad car. This would normally disable the computer since it would no longer be connected to the vehicle's OBD system. To allow usage of a computer ouside the vehicle we have designed a "kill switch". It is a small USB thumb drive. When it is inserted in to the computer it will stop our lockdown software so the computer will be fully funtional outside of the squad car.
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