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NCJ Number: 229408 Find in a Library
Title: Top 12 Considerations for a Successful Mobile Computing Project, Part 3
Journal: Law and Order  Volume:57  Issue:10  Dated:October 2009  Pages:16,18,19,20
Author(s): Brad Brewer
Date Published: October 2009
Page Count: 4
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This third of a three-part article on considerations for a successful mobile computing project describes a new mobile solution for wireless technologies, vehicle docking stations, the nature of true mobile reporting, and post-implementation review of a mobile computing project.
Abstract: A new wireless solution could be the most dramatic change in wireless technology in the history of mobile computing. The Gobi solution is an embedded chipset radio module, a fully integrated new technology that is essentially a "software modem" that talks to all 3G frequencies regardless of the provider. This allows the user flexibility in choosing whatever technology is stronger or has better coverage in a specific geographic location. The is an advantage for large agencies that must provide wireless connectivity over a large geographic area. Regarding vehicle docking stations, this article advises trying various setups, with each tested in the field. Radio frequency (RF) pass-through to an external antenna is required, since getting the RF outside the vehicle is not only safer, but allows for better reception. Other advice on vehicle docking stations pertains to the use of a single vendor's complete package for the console, base plate, pedestal, and docking station; the material used for the docking station; the use of airbag-compliant docking stations; and the capability for two wireless technologies to pass though the docking station. The article's section on "true" mobile reporting defines it as "a system where data is entered once and, unless it needs correcting or updating, it is never re-entered." Under such a system, officers rarely leave their assigned patrol area for report writing unless specifically required. Regarding the post-implementation review of the mobile system, it should occur some 3 months after project completion and determine whether the intended goals were achieved and whether appropriate methodology, standards, and processes were followed.
Main Term(s): Police equipment
Index Term(s): Computer aided operations; Computer hardware systems; Computer Terminals; Mobile digital communications; Patrol
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