Mobile stop and search technology wins award

The ground-breaking mobile stop and search application jointly developed by Airwave and technology services company Arrk was a medallist in the British Computer Society (BCS) IT Industry Awards.

Jan 22, 2009
By Paul Jacques
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The ground-breaking mobile stop and search application jointly developed by Airwave and technology services company Arrk was a medallist in the British Computer Society (BCS) IT Industry Awards.

The BCS award’ came in the Best Information Security and Data Management category.

The ‘Stop and Search’ project is geared towards the Home Office programme to promote the use of secure mobile technology at a local policing level – getting officers away from their desks and out onto the streets – by drastically reducing the amount of time spent on processing stop and search encounters.

The application allows complex data capture to be displayed in a small screen format that is easy to use in difficult operational conditions, even when wearing gloves. Screen navigation mirrors a typical ‘stop and search encounter’ and fields are designed to eliminate data entry duplication while including the necessary field and cross-field validation.

The software is the first end-to-end data application capable of running on both the secure Airwave TETRA bearer, using advanced compression technologies, as well as the global system for mobile communications network (GSM) which covers 3G, HSDPA, and GPRS systems.

Airwave owns and operates the Airwave network, which provides voice and data solutions to the emergency services and public safety organisations.

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