Canadian cops to get the Intergraph Mobile Responder application for BlackBerry PlayBook

Police
By James Richardson on 11 Aug 2012 05:09 pm EDT
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We have covered the use of the BlackBerry PlayBook being utilized by law enforcement several times here on CrackBerry, but today brings us the encouraging news that the Intergraph Mobile Responder application will now get PlayBook support. The application is an extension of the police command centre and will give officers out in the field access to a range of services straight from the QNX powered tablet. As well as cops being able to use the PlayBook to view in real time the details from incident reports, indent updates and emergency requests the app also integrates chat functionality as well as GPS tracking for officer safety.

Intergraph Mobile Responder is due to be shown off at the Canadian Association of Chief Police Officers ( CACP) annual conference to he held in Nova Scotia, Canada from August 19th. The news that the application is getting PlayBook support is just another example of how law enforcement can take advantage of the great hardware that RIM have provided with the tablet. We interviewed Constable Ken Koke from the Chatham-Kent Police Service just a couple of months ago and he detailed how the PlayBook has almost revolutionized the the way that officer productivity can be increased.

It isn't clear if police officers will be using the new 4G PlayBook or the traditional WiFi model that allows for bridging with BlackBerry smartphones, but I wouldn't be surprised if this announcement has been made today in conjunction with the 4G PlayBook going on sale in Canada.

Carry on reading for the full press release.

PRESS RELEASE

Mobile Responder Application Accelerates Critical, Smarter Decisions

Intergraph® presents the Intergraph Mobile Responder application for the BlackBerry® PlayBookTM tablet at the upcoming Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) Annual Conference in Nova Scotia, Canada. Mobile Responder gives police and emergency responders in the field access to Intergraph's Computer-Aided Dispatch (I/CAD) system from a mobile device. Mobile Responder's rich interface allows the transmission of unit status, dispatch reports, incident updates and emergency requests from a BlackBerry PlayBook.

The Mobile Responder application extends the power of the command center to remote teams and accelerates critical decision-making and incident management in the field. Interfacing with a BlackBerry PlayBook, field officers can access local police databases in real-time, view event details and interact with dispatch centers to provide and receive incident reports.

"Intergraph is very excited about Mobile Responder. It offers the functionality officers need in the field, on the platforms being deployed today," says Mark Patrick, Intergraph's Public Safety Business Development Manager in Canada. "The consistent interface will allow officers to be more efficient, whether deployed in vehicles or on foot."

Officers will also benefit from real-time chat capabilities and location verification from GPS tracking capabilities found in the PlayBook. Mobile Responder fosters public confidence with its secured transmission and storage of data found in BlackBerry devices. Police chiefs, field agents and dispatch officers in attendance at CACP will be able to receive personal demonstrations of the Mobile Responder application on PlayBook by Intergraph experts and representatives from BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM). In addition, Intergraph will also demonstrate its Computer-Aided Dispatch (I/CAD) system that is integral to Mobile Responder.

Adding to Intergraph's footprint at the CACP show is the exhibition of a police cruiser outfitted by Darta Enterprises, a contracted manufacturer to public safety agencies. A Darta representative will be in the Intergraph booth with the police cruiser, which will have a BlackBerry PlayBook mounted inside, in place of the traditional cruiser notebook computers. This showcases the emergence of new cruisers where officers will be able to work faster and smarter for their communities.

"Utilizing the BlackBerry PlayBook, Intergraph is bringing useful information to the fingertips of law enforcement officers and emergency responders in a fast, convenient, secure and affordable way," said Paolo DeNarda, Senior Business Development Manager, Research In Motion. "This is another great example of how BlackBerry developers are finding new ways to leverage the power of the BlackBerry solution and add significant value for customers."

Intergraph will be exhibiting in booths 225, 227, 324 and 326 at the CACP Annual Conference, which takes place August 19 - 22, 2012, in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Details can be found online at www.cacpconference.ca.

About Intergraph
Intergraph is the leading global provider of engineering and geospatial software that enables customers to visualize complex data. Businesses and governments in more than 60 countries rely on Intergraph's industry-specific software to organize vast amounts of data to make processes and infrastructure better, safer and smarter. The company's software and services empower customers to build and operate more efficient plants and ships, create intelligent maps, and protect critical infrastructure and millions of people around the world.

Intergraph operates through two divisions: Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) and Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I). Intergraph PP&M provides enterprise engineering software for the design, construction, operation and data management of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph SG&I provides geospatially powered solutions including ERDAS technologies to the public safety and security, defense and intelligence, government, transportation, photogrammetry, and utilities and communications industries. Intergraph Government Solutions (IGS) is an independent subsidiary for SG&I's U.S. federal business.

Intergraph is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hexagon AB (Nordic exchange: HEXA B). For more information, visit www.intergraph.com and www.hexagon.com.

16 comments

GeneralHerzog

That's no good. PlayBooks are for cool people.

Just kidding. This is great!! Hope it rolls out soon.

pcguy514

It is the 4G model atleast on my side...

Jimcmf

Yup the 4G.

It's the only real secure tablet out there. Information that the police share cannot afford to be made public by some sort of hacker. That is why RIM is so important to those businesses and agencies that CARE about their people and or customers.

If a business that you deal with uses any other sort of tablets or phones other then RIM products .... they are laughing in your face because THEY JUST DON'T GIVE A SH*T ABOUT YOU AS A CUSTOMER, A HUMAN BEING, AND YOUR PRIVACY. THEY REALLY DON'T. THEY THINK YOU ARE A BIG FOOL THAT DOESN'T UNDERSTAND ABOUT SECURITY. AND IF YOU USE AN iPHONE OR AN aNDROID, YOU GOT FOOLED !! THERE IS AN iDIOT BORN EVERY DAY.

IT MUST BE RIM, OR IT'S GARBAGE !!

THBW

Nice example of why you need a secure 4G tablet. Your right, its RIM or its garbage.

BruvvaPete

While I agree with you one some of your points, there are millions who don't think twice about security unless it affects them. If you hear about an accident and you know no one involved, you move on quickly. Once it affects you, you pay attention. That's reality.

By they way. No need to yell in your post. It makes you seem angry.

BB_Bmore

I like that...If it ain't RIM its gotta be GARBAGE :D

smoothrunnings

How about using the correct ENGLISH in the title of this story? People don't refer to the police as COPS unless they are kids or criminals. Nice picture of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (just in case you didn't know their official name) or the RCMP for short.

If you want to report the news make sure you use the correct terms. Thanks :)

BruvvaPete

Sorry. Gotta correct you, as I've made mistakes and have been corrected. COP = Constable On Patrol aka Police. Nothing "un-English" about it. I see law enforcement people, the general public and other professionals all they time. Not many use the term Police. It's normally the slang "Cops". Criminals use the words "Pigs", "Boss", "One Time", "Five-0", etc. Listen to rap.

To salute the Jamaican track and field squad, another term for Police (in Jamaica) is "Babylon".

thatplaybookguy

+100 made my day,It's not like this app will make cops get to help you any faster.

BionicKris

Interesting. I never knew what COP stood for, nor the Jamaican term "Babylon". You learn something new every day. Thanks Bruvva!
Glad to see the RCMP support RIM with their purchase. Obviously they believe in RIM enough to make the investment, unlike the "fire sale" stories from the competition..

digitalhomeboy

Agreed. I'll have to side with @smoothrunnings on this post. The RCMP are not cops in the same sense as uniform cops we see in the city. They have an equivalence to the F.B.I. as having that seniority (family friend was RCMP out in Vancouver). Try calling an F.B.I. a cop! To post an image of RCMP's with an article related to a product/service pertaining to cops is actually quite misleading. If the RCMP will be using the PlayBook with IMR (though this product wouldn't be for them) that is bigger news as that could lead to broaden the encouragement for use of the PlayBook and such application(s)- the rest would speak for itself for RIM.
@BruvvaPete - I clearly get the slang and hatred in the names, of course in Rap music as Rap is music primarily on the defensive side, however I doubt the majority refer to using your referenced slang terms. Police and cops are still heavily being used.

BruvvaPete

I have personal direct information to refute all that you just said (because of my job I can't say much more than that), I'll just say that we'll agree to disagree.

Have you been hatching any new designs for the next BB10 device? Hopefully RIM has been in contact with you to use the futuristic conceptions in your noodle. I'm still loving your last concept.

digitalhomeboy

BruvvaPete, don't take anything personal, I never mean to offend anyone. I'm working on the TK Victory update. This time around I'm working more real-world dynamics to size, depth, and specifications. What's your Twitter handle?

North-Face

First off, thank-you James for posting this.
This is good news and definitely interesting. I hope many services go this route. It will help save room in the car and the security would be a nice welcome.

@smoothrunnings
No offence my friend but the term cop/copper/cops is definitely not degrading or meant to be degrading in any way. Officers use the term(s) themselves ;)

Rootbrian

Excellent to see them being used. I can't wait to see them being used with the Toronto Police Service. That'll be radical! Both the notebook and playbook would compliment it!