NYPD to use mobile devices loaded with Windows and Windows Phone to collar crooks

NYPD to use mobile devices loaded with Windows and Windows Phone to collar crooks
New York's finest will soon receive the latest in high-tech crime fighting equipment. All 35,000 officers belonging to the NYPD will be receiving a smartphone. In addition, 6000 NYPD patrol cars will be fitted with rugged tablets. It is all part of a $160 million initiative designed to keep the police connected to a cellular network that gives them "expanded search capabilities." With this feature, they can access the NYPD database on the go.

Having access to 911 calls in real time will help the officers be more prepared to answer a call, knowing exactly what they are facing. The press report indicates that the NYPD will be adding fingerprint scanners to their mobile equipment next year, in order to conduct identity checks while in the field.

Based on the tablet that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio held up during the press conference, it looks like the cops will be using a Panasonic Toughbook running Windows. In fact, it would appear that all of the devices that the NYPD will be using, employ Windows or Windows Phone. While the Windows Phone platform currently doesn't have a handset with a fingerprint scanner, there is some speculation that we will see such a device next year. Last year, a test of this system used Android phones that ran a special NYPD app that could search for some one based on their name, or conduct a search based on an officer's current position.

Now, it appears that the NYPD has switched platforms and is arming its forces with more powerful crime fighting tools. Check out the press conference with Hizzoner by clicking on the video below.



source: NewYorkCity via GigaOm

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18 Comments

1. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

I skipped the vid but this is good news.

2. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

No denying the potential utility of having all your devices operating on essentially the same platform to increase interoperability.

14. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Hey Penny!! What is hanging? Yep, these stories are showing up more and more. Let's face it: Microsoft wants enterprises and government contracts more so then the consumer market. Any consumers they get is Whip Cream on the coffee mug.

16. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

What's up Snow? Good to see your insightful comments around here every now and then. I both agree and disagree with what you said about Microsoft wanting the enterprise market more than the consumer market. I do think Microsoft prioritizes the enterprise market for three major reasons: 1) They already have their foot in the door, 2) It is a major point of differentiation between them and competing, largely consumer oriented software companies, and 3) They probably make more money in enterprise (assuming, don't have numbers to back up my claim). However, I think with Windows Phone 7, Windows 8, and Office 365, you start to see a trend where Microsoft is beginning to place greater and greater value on the consumer market. If I had to guess, I'd say they've crunched some numbers and see a greater potential for growth in the consumer market than the enterprise market, and have shifted strategy accordingly. Clearly, they've been attempting to gain a stronger foothold in many areas of the consumer market, and hopefully they continue to get better at making the right decisions there. Personally, I see a business environment where enterprise level businesses are not as necessary anymore to get the job done. I'd expect more start-ups, more small businesses, and more innovating entrepreneurs with the continued progression of technology and the internet. The world is largely shifting from reality to online, which in effect centralizes access, but decentralizes manpower. Any company in the software/tech space has to go where the people are going to be.

18. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Why Penny, I can count on one finger the number of times "insightful" and "comments" have been associated with me in the same post!! Of course Microsoft is going for the consumer market. I agree totally. But MS is an enterprise first corporation. Just take a look at the Windows 10 announcement about a few weeks back- that was a small gathering aimed at one market: Enterprise users. Microsoft Azure has been their largest growing service and it has one real set of users: Enterprise. So long as they keep corporations in the fold, they will always branch out to continue to grow. XBOX, Zune/XBOX Music, and about a dozen other products show MS wants that consumer dollar bill as well. But they know on which side their multi-billion dollar bread is truly buttered. And stories like this has to make them breathe a little easier.

3. Techfriend

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Meanwhile both the ipad air 2 and ipad mini 3 gets the score of 2 out of 10 (ifixit teardown) check Gsmarena blog page (if u want proof) and u phonearena plz update your page with this kind of news too bcz i believe u r phonearena not iphonearena......!!

7. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Strange but I don't think this subject has anything to do with apple

9. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

A true troll/hater

11. Rydsmith unregistered

And the Surface Pro 3 got a 1/10; what's your point? That doesn't make the product any less effective or useful.

4. dimas

Posts: 3297; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

And they can use good ol' indestructible nokia phones as weapons on melee combat.

8. thartist

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

Oh stop that stupid joke

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

All they need is the Dark knight and your friendly neighborhood spiderman! :P JK

6. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I wonder if all the NYC-based cop shows will incorporate this somehow. Probably not, as companies pay to have their stuff shown on more popular shows (I remember when Windows Phone was new and it was shown on Castle, and when the Surface was new it was on Elementary, and still is). Microsoft needs to capitalize on this as quickly and strongly as possible.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21487; Member since: May 28, 2014

Windows Phones are also prominently shown on Scandal, along with BlackBerry 10 devices. I agree, Microsoft needs to capitalize on any and every bit of exposure, as should any handset/OS manufacturer.

13. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Ever watch Arrow? That show is all Windows at all times.

10. JOHNNY8573

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

i am sure nobody's civil liberties will be abused when they ask for your thumb print on a phone and start asking what your doing here in this part of town....nah.......especially with the communist mayor.....no worries at all

15. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

"Any man who would give up a little freedom for a little security deserves neither and will lose both." Ben Franklin. You get the leaders you vote for. There is a very good bet that NYC could abuse their tech. It is up to NYC residents to police their police. Problem is, most don't. I don't understand it, but I do not live there. Great city, great people. I have loved every visit. But it is their city.

17. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Microsoft making a come back is unavoidable. They have very strong presences in the enterprise segment.

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