Wireless hand-held device for foot/bicycle police in large metropolitan areas.
Original Publication Date: 2005-Jul-12
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jul-12
Police in vehicles have access to sophisticated computing devices and are able to connect to headquarters to send and receive information. Foot or bicycle police in large metropolitan areas are often limited to radio or phone communication. This wireless hand-held device would enable significant capabilities for any officer on foot, including the capturing of fingerprints of suspects or victims at a crime scene, or as the result of an investigation. Police often have a limited period during which they can hold a suspect while positive identification is taking place and if they can accelerate the fingerprint or image-based identification process this will prevent wanted suspects being released in error, or, it may speed up victim identification where the victim has no identification.
Wireless hand-held device for foot/bicycle police in large metropolitan areas .
This wireless hand-held device included all of the features of a sophisticated PDA, with the addition of a built-in fingerprint scanner and built-in camera, as many wireless telephones or mobile devices currently have. It is capable of establishing a secure VPN connection via wireless link to a police wireless network server and has a secure operating system and firewall.
The device should be capable of establishing an integrated connection with police or government information systems, and of performing the following functions: Capturing, viewing, sending and receiving compressed digital data via a secure encrypted connection, including, crime scene digital images, fingerprints captured by means of the fingerprint scanner, digital images of suspects and recorded voice prints. The device will be able to or retrieve data from DMV systems to ascertain vehicle license details. It should also be able file police intelligence reports and send form data to update police files on suspicious activity or movements by suspects.
In order to reduce data traffic, fingerprints, speech or images will be pre-processed, analyzed and compressed using custom algorithms with the hand-held device's own computing power before the result set is transmitted. The device will be secured by means of the carrying officer's own fingerprint as part of the access control system The application algorithms to carry o...