Feeds

UK cops to be kitted out with smartphones

'Just collared @doccrippen'

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

Smartphones look set to become the law of the land in Blighty, because it has been announced that most British police forces will be equipped with them by March 2010.

According to the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), which supports the police smartphone rollout, officers spend 30 minutes less per shift in police stations when equipped with smartphones.

Smartphone fuzz can, for example, remotely access databases and receive briefings when they're not collaring crooks, the NPIA said.

It’s still unclear how much giving a smartphone to every police officer in the UK will cost, but the government is believed to have put aside £80m ($130m/€87m) for the project.

To put that figure into content, Bedfordshire Police – one of 30 forces which already boast smartphone-equipped coppers – has said that the devices cost roughly £270 ($439/€294) per year, per officer.

Bedfordshire police officers used to spend 46 per cent of their time inside police buildings, Inspector Jim Hitch of Bedfordshire Police told the BBC. Since the introduction of smartphones that figure has fallen to 36 per cent, he claimed. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles
Have your say with Ofcom now, before Freeview becomes Feeview
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad
Really, er, stands out among cheapie 7-inchers
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
Cheapest models given new processors, more RAM
YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS
Old hardware doesn't get any faster with new software
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
Nintend-OH NO! Sorry, Mario – your profits are in another castle
Red-hatted mascot, red-colored logo, red-stained finance books
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.