Last week, Lieutenant Mark Liebl of the NH State Police started testing new versions of the Project54 navigation application and the Project54 handheld application.
Jon Oppelaar installed a USB GPS unit (GlobalSat BU-353) in Mark’s cruiser. This unit performs significantly better than an older GPS unit that was intalled several years ago, and it will enable Mark to test Jon’s navigation application. The application integrates Microsoft MapPoint into the Project54 environment. Here’s Jon (in the passenger seat) tweaking software settings in Mark’s cruiser during the installation of the USB GPS unit:
Andras Fekete worked on updating the software that allows a handheld unit to control the in-car devices (see picture below). Andras has already successfully deployed handheld technology in the Lee, NH police department, which we describe in a paper that will be presented at IE08. We’re now looking forward to getting Mark’s feedback about Project54 handheld software.
While Jon and Andras were installing new hardware and software, Mike Farrar talked to Mark about using the Project54 handheld computer’s imager, not only as a 2D barcode reader (e.g. for driver licenses), but as a camera. Mike is developing software that will allow officers to take pictures and tag them. Tagging can be done using voice commands, which should speed up data entry. It’s worth mentioning that Mike is developing his software using the Symbol MC-70, which comes with a cell modem. This opens new opportunities for getting data to officers in the field, especially in urban areas. In fact, the new version of the MC-70 also has a built-in GPS unit, again presenting interesting opportunities for law enforcement applications.
Thanks for testing all this harware and software Mark!