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NCJ Number: 136275 Find in a Library
Title: Pen Computing Minimizes Paperwork
Journal: Law Enforcement Technology  Volume:19  Issue:4  Dated:(April 1992)  Pages:18-19,50-51
Author(s): L Gapay
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 4
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The West Palm Beach Police Department in Florida reduces field paperwork and eliminates data re-entry at the office by using a pen-based computer that recognizes handwriting.
Abstract: Since the first pen-based computer to recognize handwriting was introduced in 1989, at least 12 computer manufacturers have marketed these computers or announced their intent to manufacture them. Clipboard-sized pen computers weight about 4.5 pounds. The electronic pen reduces the time it takes to complete a police report, increases field report accuracy, eliminates the need to re-enter data to a host computer, and makes police report information available on a same or next day basis. In West Palm Beach, it is envisioned that pen-based computers will be mounted in all police cars to communicate with dispatchers and as a removable electronic clipboard to take to accident or criminal investigations. Other jurisdictions throughout the United States that use pen computers are noted.
Main Term(s): Computer aided operations
Index Term(s): Florida; Police equipment
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