We have been following the progress of the roll-out of the Windows Phones at the NYPD over a number of years now. The latest development, reported by NY1.com, is that the police department is expanding their program from 25,000 officers to all 36,000 members of the department.
The NYPD says the phones a major evolution from the walkie-talkies they began using in 1962, and have already credited the devices with several arrests.
The program was estimated to cost $160 million and was funded by money confiscated from criminals secured by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
The Windows Phones feature an app which can monitor incoming 911 calls, display the reported crime and the number of the person who is placing the call.
It also provides access to NYPD databases and DMV databases.
The phones also feature a translation app which lets them communicate with the very diverse communities which make up New York city.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said they were looking to expand the capabilities if the devices even more.
“We’ve already begun to look at using Facetime and Skype on these devices so the officers may never need to have to go to traffic court or summonses court,” Bratton said. “He’ll be able to literally be called from court, go online engage in a dialogue face-to-face.”
We would of course also like to see Facetime on Windows Phones also.
The full report can be read here.