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NYPD Using Android Smartphones for Data Access

We’re still a ways away from Batman, but we’re getting there. The New York Police Department has begun equipping their police officers with Android smartphones, so that they’ll have access to relevant crime fighting data while on the go.

The phones can’t make or receive calls, but the data access allows them to look up criminal histories, pull up photos to verify identities, and look up vehicle registrations. The phones work quicker than the computers that are installed in patrol cars. The phones also require less hoops to jump through when accessing the information.

This is very similar to the San Francisco Police Department started doing last summer, and I made a Batman reference back then too. The idea behind both initiatives is to further equip officers, this time with information, and increase their ability to their jobs effectively. I can’t wait to see what interfaces like Google Glass can bring to crime fighting.

via The Verge

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