A scanner is a radio receiver which automatically scans two or more discrete radio frequencies and stops when it finds a signal on one of the frequencies, and resumes scanning when the signal ceases to exist. Scanners are used by law enforcers, firefighters and emergency service providers for communication.
Although it has widely been illegal to own police scanners, modern- day technology has made listening to police scanners very easy, and even without the need for a scanner. Today all that a person may need to listen to police scanner is to download a special app to their smart phones or visit a website that supports streaming of live feed from the local police scanners in your area. All this can be done from the comfort of your home and can access millions of police scanner signals throughout the world.
There are many apps that offer a variety of services pertaining to police scanners. Co-op radio for instance, is an app that runs on the Ios platform, this means it works on iPhones and iPads. It enables the user to listen to over 40,000 police, fire, EMS frequencies and even radio stations. Another similar app developed for the iOS platform is the Emergency Radio Free police scanner that offers an extensive database on not only police frequencies but also on fire, EMS, coast guard, railroad and air traffic frequencies. 5-0 app which is available on both android and iOS platforms. It enables a user to tap into the latest live feeds from police scanners and other frequencies such as those from fire fighters and Emergency Response Services.
Here are some websites to visit for online police scanners
Radiorefernce: this website supports streaming of local police scanners. It is said to be the world’s largest radio communications data provider and features a frequency database, trunked radio system information, and FCC license data. And what’s more? This website doesn’t need any registration to access its services, although one has to register to get access its premium services.
Bradcastify: this is one of the world’s largest online police scanner frequency websites. It has over 3000 live feeds and has categories such as the most popular feeds, public safety, air, rail and marine radio live streams. The website also has a fully functional mobile website than can be accessed from all 3G internet enabled mobile phones. The website also boasts of providing smart phone users with its broadcastify app which is available for android, apple is, blackberry, windows mobile and many other mobile devices.
Tunein: this is another popular website that offers users an opportunity to listen to more than 70,000 radio stations online. However, it also has police scanner services and one would have to search for scanners in their search engines before they can come across their local police scanners.
Police scanner online: This website offers online radio services from all over the world and online police scanners from most air traffic control towers in the world. It allows users to broadcast their own frequencies over the internet. The website can be accessed from mobile devices and has apps which can also be downloaded to a variety of mobile devices.