Hampshire Police is upgrading 170 of its vehicles with Rugged Panasonic Toughbook notebooks to improve efficiency and service when out patrolling and on special operations.
The fully ruggedised Toughbook CF-19s are being installed between now and June and will be available in patrol cars, as well as specialist vehicles for critical event management and firearm response teams.
The Toughbooks will assist Hampshire Police by providing them with instant access to intelligence services such as PNC and police databases whilst on the road and giving them mobile access to their station IT systems to complete paperwork when in the field.
Using the Toughbooks, the officers will be able to:
Reduce unnecessary journeys back to the police station for paperwork or information, enabling the patrols to stay out in the community longer.
Reduce bureaucracy by completing work processes in the field, helping to make the most of the force's resources.
Instantly access information whilst in their communities, helping to work smarter and more effectively to reduce crime.
Capture witness statements and victim reports at the scene, without the need to bring members of the public back to the station, improving the service and capture of quality data.
"We are continuously looking at ways to use mobile technology to improve the efficiencies and service we can provide as a police service," said Chief Inspector Cleave Faulkner, of Hampshire Police. "It was clear we required a mobile computing device that could be used by officers both in and outside the vehicle and that was hardwearing and reliable. After carrying out extensive trials, the Panasonic Toughbook was the obvious device choice and our decision was made even easier by the excellent technical support we received from the Panasonic team."
The Toughbook CF-19 is part of Panasonic's Fully Rugged range and, equipped with Intel Core i5 vPro processor, is the ultimate in durability and reliability. A magnesium-thickened casing offers maximum protection for the most sensitive components such as the display. Hard drives are secured against impact and shock. A fall from a height of 90cm does not affect functionality in any way, and a special protective coating provides dust and water resistance.
The CF-19 is also the market-leading convertible rugged notebook, which means that the device can be used as a conventional laptop or converted to a tablet PC for easy use when taking statements or filling in forms in the field. The lightweight device can easily be held with one hand and the bright touchscreen LCD display is easy to use both inside and outside in bright light conditions.
Finally, the CF-19 is built for reliable communications when in the field. The Hampshire Police units contain 3G broadband capability, to ensure officers are always in touch with the command centre.
William McGregor, Toughbook UK Corporate Sales Manager, said: "The police service has a very difficult job to do in challenging economic times. Panasonic Toughbooks are the perfect technology companion for Hampshire police patrols to assist officers to cut bureaucracy, improve efficiencies and their service to the public."