As agency IT professionals begin evaluating computing devices for mobile officers, they often find that many of the officers use multiple forms of transportation — working in a police cruiser one day and riding a horse or a motorcycle the next. Rather than purchasing both a full-size notebook and an ultra-mobile notebook for those officers, the IT teams are evaluating the feasibility of equipping all officers with the small form factor units.
Standardizing on ultra-mobile notebooks simplifies deployment, provides workforce flexibility and reduces overall costs. To accomplish this, the IT teams equip the patrol cars with a cassette-style vehicle dock, a remote touchscreen display and a USB keyboard. These additions provide an optimized work space within the vehicle. No matter what vehicle they use, officers can have the same computer with them. When getting into a patrol car, the officer simply slips the ultra-mobile notebook into the docking station and uses a full-size keyboard or large touchscreen display.
Ultra mobile products are clearly changing the game, maximizing efficiencies and improving overall law enforcement by providing full computing capabilities in a small, yet rugged portable device that can be deployed in any vehicle used in law enforcement.