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Policing with PlayBooks: A Case for RIM’s Enterprise Tablet

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Police cruisers in Canada may soon be outfitted with BlackBerry PlayBooks. That’s why Mobile Innovations, a Niagara Falls based company dedicated to enhancing law enforcement through mobile technology, has been touring the north-east showcasing their PlayBook equipped Dodge Charger demo vehicle. Gary Bauer, CEO of Mobile Innovations, has been personally driving the demo vehicle from agency to agency and he says that the interest is huge everywhere he shows up. Gary jokes that when he pulls in cops put down their doughnuts and pickup the PlayBooks.
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Trapster beta available on BlackBerry

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An officer issuing a ticketAnother neat use for GPS: alerting you to speed traps. Trapster allows registered users to add speed trap locations on their website, and the mobile app alerts you when you drive close to one. The app offers customizable alerts for live police, red light cameras, speed cameras, and hiding spots that are often used. It’s currently in beta, and only offers support for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint customers, though they’re working on support for other providers. You can check out instructions for installing it here. Thanks Mike!

UK police using BlackBerrys

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BobbyA recent article from the Bapco Journal examined a pilot program to equip Bedfordshire police with BlackBerrys. From a human-resources point of view, police are not only very mobile, but also extremely dependent on up-to-date information and quick communication. Of course there’s plenty of other smartphones out there that can provide for those needs, but the Bedfordshire police went with BlackBerrys for a few particular reasons.

Discussing why the force selected BlackBerry, [Insp. Jim Hitch, Project Manager, Bedfordshire Police] said, “Many of the solutions we trialled did not allow us to mobilise the computerised systems that we already have in place. With the BlackBerry solution, we were able to do this quickly and easily. The solution operates securely with a low overhead which means low costs to the public. Managing our deployment of devices through the BlackBerry Enterprise Server has also been hassle free. We can change a security policy or push out a new application remotely, saving both time and money,”

Above all, the police seem altogether satisfied with the security of data transmission, and you’d better believe they’re dealing with some sensitive information.