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Tucson Arizona Police Department

Durable Computers for Utilities

Motorcycle officers in the Traffic Enforcement Division of the Tucson Police Department used to be cut off from critical information when out in the field. They were unable to access the computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system and were dependent on radio transmissions for running criminal backgrounds on people they stopped. To address these shortcomings, the department needed an e-citation system that could run its existing desktop applications in a ruggedized, mobile form factor that could withstand the elements. The department chose to equip its officers with the Panasonic Toughbook® U1 with embedded Gobi™ 3G technology. Because it runs a full Windows™ OS, the ultra-rugged, ultra-mobile handheld PC was perfectly suited for issuing e-tickets and gave motorcycle officers real time access to critical information. With the Panasonic Toughbook U1 solution, the Tucson PD is seeing significant savings in time and money as well as an increased feeling of safety from its officers.

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