Tasmania adds 3G tablet trial to Police Force's arsenal

Tasmania adds 3G tablet trial to Police Force's arsenal

Summary: Australia's Tasmanian Police Force has embarked on a trial of tablets to equip their front-line officers with better access to information.

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The Tasmanian Police Force is beginning a trial of tablet devices to complement its duties.

As part of the trial, 40 3G-capable tablets will be issued to police officers in the Kingston Division for three weeks.

Commissioner of Police Darren Hine said the tablets will allow officers to directly access information, rather than having to ring through for updates.

"A big part of the Support to the Frontline Strategy is giving our front-line officers access to more contemporary systems, both in terms of technology and the movement of personnel," he said in a statement.

The strategy includes providing laptops instead of desktops at country stations, implementing wi-fi at front-line stations, and enabling a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy.

It also calls for improvements to the development of software to report minor incidents and for electronic infringement notices.

"One of the main benefits of using this more responsive technology is the amount of time it can save our officers working on the front line," Hine said.

"For example, officers using these tablets will be able to submit reports live from the field, rather than having to return to the station to complete their paperwork."

The trial will progress to a graduated rollout of the computer tablets to other front-line officers if successful.

Topics: Hardware, Networking, Tablets, Wi-Fi

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  • Catching Up?

    New Zealand did this a while back http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10865164
    ldo17
  • Nooo this is an M$ trial

    This is a Windows 8 tablet trial. It only cost the public $800,000 per annum in M$ licensing. As a tax payer I hate to see more money sent to M$ when it could be spent on doctors or nurses or police on the street instead....

    Awesome move Tassie Police. Should have bought Android or Apple devices..... Its all about the APPS. NZ gets it.... why do you guys have to be soooo far behind?????
    Richard Romanov
  • Should have been 4G

    Forgive them lord, for they know not what they do.

    Should have been a 4G trial, 3G is less than adequate.

    Yes I believe this is a Windows 8 tablet trial. Acer Iconia ! - 12% Failure rate out of the box. More expensive than an Android or Apple tablet. Tasmanian Government in massive deficit so lets increase Microsoft Licensing costs. They will last less than one year in active service but if they make it to one year you can buy them for $100 dollars. Awesome ! Less disruption for Police because their Windows applications are so old that they could never make use of IOS or Android APPS. Lets stay in the 90s instead. As long as it has M$ Word it has to be good. However, M$ word is irrelevant these days. Look at all the other options available on the new mobile platforms??? Polaris Office, Smart Office 2 etc

    This move is just living in the 90s. However, living in the 90s is good because no-one gets upset at having to change anything, and M$ is an acceptable cost of doing business no matter what the price of licensing to the general public. As a tax payer this annoys me a fair bit.

    Some day you guys will have to make a change to the NEW MOBILE WORLD - God help you when you do and amen.
    KingofVersailles