Nottinghamshire police is piloting a mobile data product that allows officers to spend more time on the beat and less time in the station swamped with paperwork.
The system from Beat Systems is designed to allow officers to spend up to an extra hour on their beat, rather than spending it in the station dealing with admin and searching for data.
The Beat Systems product gives officers real-time access to multiple core operational systems. Initially, the system will be used by around 40 officers, with plans for a much wider rollout if the results are positive.
Beat mobile data fully integrates with core systems like the Police National Computer, force internal intelligence systems, QAS (electoral role), officer briefing and tasking systems, remote crime form completion, and Nottinghamshire's other internal systems and e-mail.
A further stage of the roll-out will see the inclusion of additional applications such as photographs of defendants and the provision of further forms.
Richard Hitch, IT project manager for mobile data at Nottingham Police, said, "We were looking for a solution that could work on Blackberry, PDA and Tetra Airwave devices. Beat Systems is one of the few mobile data software providers that is hardware, bearer (network) and operating system independent, and this was a key differentiating factor."