Chicago PD Tests Samsung’s In-Vehicle Docking for Smartphones
Thursday, August 22, 2019 | Comments

The Chicago Police Department is rolling out a pilot of Samsung’s DeX in Vehicle solution, providing officers the ability to dock their Galaxy smartphones and access policing applications on a dash-mounted display and keyboard.

The mobile-first initiative aims to leverage the power of officer smartphones to streamline in-vehicle computing access. Officers participating in the pilot will be able to access CAD and other Chicago Police Department systems to conduct background checks and complete reports. Photo and video evidence captured on the smartphone will also be immediately accessible to attach to reports. The initial pilot will roll out for CPD’s 11th district.

“Nearly half of all Chicago Police officers have a department-issued Samsung smartphone already,” said CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson. “The pilot we are announcing today will pair these phones with the Samsung DeX in Vehicle solution. The idea is to give officers everything they need to process a scene or respond to an incident in the palm of their hand.”

Samsung DeX was first introduced in 2017 and enables users to connect a smartphone to a display via an HDMI cable and access a PC-like experience, complete with paired monitor and mouse. Users can multitask by accessing multiple apps with resizable windows and typical desktop features like drag-and-drop and keyboard shortcuts.

To optimize the solution for public-safety use, Samsung partnered with outfitters and software providers to create an ergonomic, streamlined in-vehicle set up and ensure full compatibility with key applications. Returning to the police station, officers can connect their smartphone to a monitor, keyboard and mouse to complete paperwork.

“The old computers had to stay in the cars,” said Chief Jonathan Lewin of the CPD Bureau of Technical Services. “With this solution, it really creates an ecosystem that takes all the technology and makes it available to officers on the street in real-time and at significantly less cost than we are paying now.”

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