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Mobile technology has transformed the way in which organisations can support police out in the field, improve the management of resources and increase productivity.

Jun 4, 2009
By Paul Jacques
Cleveland PCC Steve Turner

Mobile technology has transformed the way in which organisations can support police out in the field, improve the management of resources and increase productivity.
Brother’s MPrint range of mobile printers is designed to support mobile workers such as officers on the beat, enabling them to print quickly and efficiently at professional quality wherever they are. Using Bluetooth technology, an MPrint micro printer connects wirelessly to a mobile device such as a laptop, personal digital assistant (PDA) or Blackberry to produce instant, high-quality print-outs.
The MPrint range uses Bluetooth technology and cutting-edge design to provide high-quality printing, anytime, anywhere.
The range has an ultra-compact profile thanks to its slimline, cut-sheet paper cassette system. Using thermal head technology, the MW-260BT and MW-140BT produce A6 and A7 prints respectively without any risk of ink smudging or spillage. As there is no need to carry cables, MPrint is able to deliver a truly mobile print solution.
“Companies simply cannot afford for workers having to wait until their return to base to download information, or print receipts for customers – people expect an instant service,” said Michelle Molloy, senior education and mobile solutions manager. “Adding a mobile printer to a PDA-based software solution means that workers can carry out their tasks completely on the move.”
Lothian and Borders was the first Scottish force to adopt PDA e-notebook technology for frontline officers.
In order to issue ‘on-the-spot’ documents such as conditional offer fixed penalty notices for road traffic offences to information sheets for victims of crime, the force needed a compact and reliable mobile printer to link up to the initial 500 PDA units.
The force implemented Brother’s MPrint MW140BT – the world’s thinnest self-contained mobile printer – to support the officers. The machine can be easily carried within the standard webbing police pouch issued to all staff or even a jacket pocket.
Feedback from the force has been good: “The machine’s Bluetooth compatibility was of crucial importance in our decision to choose it and of course compactness and the fact that it can print on A7 paper. We have some MPrint printers in the force that have been in use for over two years and they are still going strong.
“In the past, all the forms which we now print on the Brother machine would have had to be carried separately and hand written on carbonated paper.
“Obviously, the potential for error was high. Being able to offer the public clear, typed forms is a major bonus. The officers like using it and it provides a far more professional and up-to-date image of Lothian and Borders Police to the public.”
The force has now rolled out the electronic solution to all of its 2,500 operational police officers and staff.
To find out more
about the MPrint range visit www.brother.co.uk/mprint or call 08444 999 444.

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