Stone Group supplies mobile data terminals to Dyfed Powys police …

Published: 15 June, 2010

Stone Group, the UK s largest privately owned hardware manufacturer and technology solutions provider to the education and public sector, will supply and maintain 130 Panasonic Toughbook CF-19 mobile data terminals (MDTs) to Dyfed Powys Police, in a deal worth 638,000.

Chief Inspector Andy Twigger, Dyfed Powys Police, commented, With the task of covering such a vast area, communication with our field officers is vital. Previously, officers would have to return to base or require clerical support to complete crime reports and access applications such as databases and intelligence logs which are vital for supporting their role in the field. Dyfed Powys Police is committed to applying new technologies to maximise our effectiveness, and installing MDTs to improve communication with remote officers is integral to this.

Panasonic CF-19 s are fully-functional mobile PC hardware units that are installed into emergency services vehicles and provide enhanced communication with the central control via a 3G mobile broadband connection and the ability to replicate the entire suite of software applications utilised back at base.

Patrol officers can access databases and resources in real time with very little training, including internal websites, crime records, the Police National Legal Database (PNLD) and the automatic number plate recognition system. A further 25 vehicles will be fitted with Cleartone CD500 MDTs in the boot, which are capable of simultaneously handling comprehensive data programmes such as cameras, digital video recording and Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) all within a single unit.

Importantly, the hardware is robust and secure, making it particularly suitable for the mobile emergency services environment, and Stone Group is also supplying a comprehensive maintenance service which includes next business day break / fix; providing the flexibility and immediacy required to support the Authority. One important factor behind the force s decision to choose the CF-19 is its compatibility with the Tempus ruggedized vehicle dock.

This allows the laptop to be mounted vertically against the dashboard, making it easy to read the screen and operate the keyboard.

It protects the CF-19, and allows for quick un-docking and re-docking via a simple recessed release catch.

Twigger added, MDTs will certainly help Dyfed Powys Police maximise efficiencies by transmitting critical information direct to our field officers, helping them address the situation they are dealing with quickly.

This will certainly save significant time and resources and help officers focus on the job of protecting citizens.

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