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PDA's putting the police out on the streets for longer

Discussion in 'Tech, Science, and Space' started by Tim, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. Tim

    Tim Creative Writer

    Jan 16, 2005
    An argument against PDA's in the police hands (at least from Scottish police authorities) surfaced and made me think of how often we tend to see the technology used in scifi programming.

    I hadn't thought of the danger aspect to police officers using them. Although one would have thought they worked in pairs with only one of them viewing the unit, and not using them stood right next to potential criminals!

    The need for a better wireless/radio infastructure was put out there. Bandwidth could be an issue for sending pictures and video back and forth.

    But overall, in test areas the units have been shown to enable police to be out on the streets in high visibility roles which is, after all better for the public. A policeman standing in the street deters crime, even if he is occassionally tapping away at a PDA in his hands.

    from: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/11/10/the_cheapening_vs_technology/page3.html

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