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Smartphone Evidence Photography at Scenes of Crime

Handheld PCs : 05 March, 2010  (New Product)
West Yorkshire Police are now using BlackBerry Smartphones equipped with hand-e-pix from Handheld PCs to assist in the gathering of evidence from scenes of crime
Handheld PCs has won a significant contract with West Yorkshire Police for the provision of its hand-e-pix solution. The system enables the Force to improve their ability to capture and manage photographs used for evidence.

During 2007-08, the Home Office allocated £80 million of funding to support the delivery of handheld computers to frontline police officers for the next 3 years. The funding was provided to free up police time and make the police service more efficient.

It is expected that 30,000 officers will benefit by March 2010.

West Yorkshire Police, the fourth largest Force in England & Wales, provides policing to 2.1 million residents over 780 sq. miles covering the metropolitan boroughs of Leeds, Wakefield, Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees. The Force area is varied, combining busy cities and towns with quiet villages. People are equally varied and represent a diverse range of ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds. West Yorkshire is a progressive Force known for its leadership in technology, recognising the enormous potential that the Internet and mobile computing can offer.

Utilising the existing BlackBerry smartphones issued to frontline officers, West Yorkshire Police use the hand-e-pix software to capture time, date and GPS location stamped images. Officers can easily categorise and add additional notes to the photos, which in turn, enables back-office staff to sort, search and analyse the images and data via the hand-e-pix Media Manager. Examples of images captured include traffic violations, house searches, licensing visits, graffiti, fly-tipping, RSPCA cases and injuries from assaults.

Phil Short, Mobile Data Manager at West Yorkshire Police comments, "We had such great feedback from the first 500 officers issued with hand-e-pix that it soon became clear that the entire Force would benefit from the system. We find that officers don't need to return to the Police Station to book out a digital camera or wait for a specialist SOCO unit to attend a scene in order to take a picture. This is invaluable in situations where evidence has a 'short life'."

Pierre Lams, co-founder of Handheld PCs comments, "We have been convinced for some time that the UK Police Forces would benefit from using hand-e-pix. Handheld PCs is delighted that West Yorkshire Police is one of the first Forces to adopt the system. We believe that the ability to capture and share multimedia from mobile devices such as a BlackBerry smartphone will continue to drive significant benefits in the Public Sector." This latest contract award for Handheld PCs adds to an already prestigious array of customers across different industry sectors.

Handheld PCs provides organisations with innovative mobile solutions for a broad range of application areas and industry sectors. Formed in 2002, Handheld PCs has quickly grown to become one of the UK's most respected and innovative mobile software and services providers with customers such as Skanska and Balfour Beatty in the construction sector, Mid-Sussex District Council and Reading Council in the Local Government sector and West Yorkshire Police and Essex Police in the Criminal Justice sector. Handheld PCs also serves SMBs (Small to Medium sized Businesses) such as The Local Data Company and MMCS.

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