Motorola Solutions Announces Pronto Apps to Help with U.K. Social Distancing
Thursday, April 30, 2020 | Comments

Motorola is offering new Pronto mobile applications in the United Kingdom to allow engagement with the public, while respecting 2 meters of social distance, with the first application going live last week.

The new social distancing guidance that came into effect in March focuses on protecting the public and reducing the spread of coronavirus through banning large public gatherings in the U.K. Police officers face challenges in enforcing these measures using current resources and tools, which are not yet aligned with the new legislation, as well as ensuring this is done within a safe distance to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Motorola Solutions developed COVID-19 Ticket App for ticket issuing. The app replaces the need for physical paper tickets and ensures that engagement can be done quickly and efficiently, without close physical contact. Automated workflows enable local authorities to process payments where necessary.

In addition, remote telephone statements development is being fast-tracked to allow police officers to carry out statements remotely from anywhere using their handheld device. The witnesses can also be in any location as long as they have access to a telephone, email and internet.

Motorola Solutions is diverting resources to ensure this development is delivered urgently to police forces and at no cost to them, the company said in a statement.

“Like every police force up and down the country, under the new coronavirus measures we are patrolling the streets with the main objective of protecting the public to save lives,” said Dave Hannan, chief inspector at Lancashire Police. “To assist with following the new rules, we have adopted the 4 E approach. We will engage the public first, explain the need to be at home and encourage them to return home. As a last resort, and only when absolutely necessary, we will enforce the rules by means of a fixed penalty.”

Pronto digital policing application software was originally developed in collaboration with police officers in the early 2000s and is used by 19 police forces and more than 50,000 officers across the U.K. The new applications are only applicable for existing Pronto customers.

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