U.K. Force to Deploy Mobile Data (12/13)
Wednesday, December 13, 2006 | Comments

Police officers throughout Lancashire, United Kingdom, will soon use mobile computers to enable them to spend less time in the station and more time on the streets. O2 Airwave, the company that operates the U.K.'s largest public-safety digital communications network, secured a contract to provide a managed forcewide strategic mobile data solution based around the Airwave Mobile Applications Gateway (MAG) service and the national secure Airwave TETRA digital communications network. The contract runs over 10 years and follows a successful pilot that saw O2 Airwave working closely with Lancashire Constabulary for almost four years to develop the mobile-data solution. The solution provides the Lancashire force with a wide range of device and technology options. This ensures that officers can always be equipped with the most appropriate mobile computer for the task at hand and provides the force with total flexibility as it starts to mobilize key operational processes. Device options over the Airwave TETRA network range include fixed in-vehicle mobile data terminals (MDTs) and portable TETRA-enabled personal digital assistants (PDAs). Front-line offices who will use the service have the following applications:



- Send and receive color images of wanted, suspect, and missing persons;


- Check local intelligence databases against suspect persons or vehicles and reports of missing persons;


- Undertake searches on the Police National Computer to check for wanted and missing persons as well as stolen, uninsured and untaxed vehicles and driver license details;


- Enter a range of reports direct to their portable computer and then transmit these directly back into force systems without having to return to base; 


- Receive accurate details of incidents and emergencies direct from control-room operators and then enter reports of completed incidents from the scene;


- Have instant access to search other force information sources such as voters registers and satellite mapping;


- Receive remote briefings on community concerns and issues, active criminals, and other general information;


- Manage e-mail and take calls from members of the public and colleagues, together with contacts and appointments while away from the station.

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