Working with gtechna, a leading solutions provider for rugged mobile computing systems, the SPVM looked at deploying a mobile enforcement solution comprised of both rugged notebooks for cruiser vehicles, and ultra-mobile notebook PCs for officers on motorcycles. In order to complement the efficiency of gtechna’s Officer™ Citations software, gtechna and the SPVM chose the General Dynamics ltronix rugged GoBook MR-1, an ultra-mobile notebook that delivers the benefits of a full-size notebook for their highly mobile motorcycle officers, without impeding on the functionality of their non-traditional vehicles. The MR-1 is equipped with all the computing power of traditional notebooks, yet is one-quarter of the size. The rugged device is optimized for thumb typing, has a display screen with superior outdoor viewability, is powerful enough to handle the numerous applications used in law enforcement, and is small enough to be mounted on the front or back compartment of motorcycles, or can simply be stored in a belt holster.
The GoBook MR-1 is not only small and powerful, it is rugged as well and can withstand just about everything Mother Nature throws its way, including driving rain, punishing three-foot drops, extreme vibration, high and low temperatures, high humidity, and dust.
“The GoBook MR-1 fits the needs of the SPVM perfectly because of its durability and very small size, yet does not compromise the full functionality needed by motorcycle officers,” said Sergio Mastronardi, Chief Technology Officer at gtechna. “Furthermore, the clamshell design which allows the unit to be closed when not in use, was preferred over other portable models. And because it operates on Windows XP, the SPVM can use a private VPN to exchange data with the necessary databases in a secure manner.”
Other components in the Officer™ solution include BlueTooth enabled Zebra RW420 thermal printers. At the scene, the device can print out weather and tear resistant tickets which can be processed directly in banks.
The GoBook MR-1 fits the needs of the SPVM perfectly because of its durability and very small size, yet does not compromise the full functionality needed by motorcycle officers.
With the new Officer™ Citations and ultra-mobile computing system in place, the SPVM has greatly improved efficiencies within the organization. With manual ticketing and report writing a thing of the past, transcription errors have been reduced by 75 percent, which in turn minimizes the amount of time officers spend in court—and the extra taxpayer money to put them there—while maximizing their presence on the street where they need to be.
“We are able to produce more tickets in less time, and much more efficiently. What used to take 20 minutes—from license and VIN checks—now takes just one minute,” said Commander Marianne Rivest. “Officer™ Citations and The GoBook MR-1 have turned out to be the ideal solution for our mobile officers. They can now enjoy the benefits of computing that their counterparts in vehicles have been enjoying with laptops. As a result, the entire system, from the Montreal Police Service to the courts, is able to streamline operational efficiencies.”