BT demonstrates innovative police data mobility solution

BT believes its new Police Data Mobility Solution, run by the BT redcare Group company Transcomm, is set to empower officers throughout the UK.

Jun 15, 2006
By David Howell

BT believes its new Police Data Mobility Solution, run by the BT redcare Group company Transcomm, is set to empower officers throughout the UK.

The service will enable officers to achieve more in any given shift and also enable patrol cars to be dispatched more efficiently to incidents.

Officers in vehicles or on foot patrol can use it to save time, reduce the burden on support colleagues back at base and avoid the possibility of human error by making their own checks on the PNC, the Electoral Roll, their own criminal databases and any other national and local information resources available to them.

They can also transmit reports to their police service systems, using forms stored within mobile data terminals in vehicles or hand-held devices. This should increase police visibility, as officers will no longer need to return to their stations to enter this information in person.

Chet Patel, chief executive of the BT redcare Group, said: “Police forces have complete flexibility with this solution. We can recommend a mobile data terminal supplier and install the equipment ourselves, or we can work with suppliers preferred by police forces. We are confident that our solution has the potential to enhance the performance of police forces around the country. From the outset, we designed it to be technologically agnostic. It’s also a proven, low risk, scaleable system. And we stand ready to implement it rapidly.”

Last year alone, Metropolitan Police officers used the BT Police Data Mobility Solution to make nearly four million checks on the PNC – up a third on the previous year’s total. The Metropolitan Police dispatch team also use the solution to track more than 1,500 vehicles and pinpoint their exact location at any moment in time. This enables them to ensure that the right resources are sent to incidents within the shortest possible timescales, while avoiding unnecessary duplication and the need to make so many voice calls.

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