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Rugged NFC enabled phone technology for law enforcement

Sonim : 28 November, 2012  (Application Story)
Police covering the London 2012 Olympic events were equipped with mobile technology from Over-C and Sonim equipped with NFC and sporting a rugged construction
Rugged NFC enabled phone technology for law enforcement

In collaboration with Over-C, Sonim Technologies has announced the successful deployment of its state-of-the-art XP3300 NFC rugged mobile phones for the Metropolitan Police's Marine Division over the course of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Metropolitan Police operate alongside Kent and Essex Police Marine Units to patrol and secure the 96 mile (154 km) length of the River Thames. Traditional radio based marine tracking technologies can sometimes struggle to deliver accurate positioning for the fleet of 18 vessels on the river. The opportunity allowed Sonim to provide real-time ultra-rugged, portable fully waterproof devices running bespoke GPS and Near Field Communications (
NFC) tracking and reporting software from Over-C.  Sonim devices provide a GPS position for the vessels and scanning of embarking/disembarking police staff. The encrypted information was sent in real-time over the mobile network to secure servers accessed only by the London 2012 Marine command and control centre.

The project headed by the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), and the Security Innovation & Technology Consortium (SITC), was aimed at providing a number of trials in order to showcase new technologies in the security sector alongside the 2012 Olympics.

The Metropolitan Police Service is famed around the world and has a unique place in the history of policing. It is by far the largest of the police services that operate in greater London (the others include the City of London Police and the British Transport Police).

Sonim is working with industry leading application partner Over-C that specializes in
NFC applications for the cleaning, security guarding and transportation verticals.

The Sonim XP3300 Force with XPand
NFC slimline modular expansion pack provides the world's first ultra-rugged NFC mobile phone with a camera and GPS. Designed especially for workforces in the police, private security, commercial cleaning, transportation and logistics , field equipment maintenance and home visit healthcare industries, the XP3300 FORCE with XPand® NFC combines indoor tracking by scanning contactless NFC tags placed around the worksite with outdoor tracking using enterprise class GPS.

The XP3300 FORCE is also the Guinness World Record holder for the toughest phone and has the longest talk time – 20 to 24 hours – of any mobile phone, or 800 hours of standby time. The XPand
NFC module is equally robust and power-efficient with the industry's longest battery life for NFC operations. Beyond MIL-SPEC toughness, the combined unit can be dropped from 2 metres onto concrete and its IP68 specification means it can be submerged in two metres of water for up to 60 minutes. It operates in temperatures from -20 to +55 Celsius and has an impact resistant and puncture proof Corning Gorilla Glass screen.

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