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Cornish Police to use Bluetooth

Posted by Admin on January 30, 2009

Cornwall seems to be a hive of mobile-related activity at the moment. What with the hospital sending text reminders and now the police to use Bluetooth. The Bluetooth system is, as reported by the thisiscornwall.co.uk website, going to ‘use 21st century technology to get important messages out to young people in certain places, at certain times’.

From what I can see, it’s actually the same system that we reported on being used by Police in North Yorkshire. But that doesn’t mean it is any less worthy an idea.

Inspector Mark Bolt, of West Cornwall Police sees a lot of potential in the system:

“There are so many things we will be able to do. We will be able to issue appeals for information about crimes; we will be able to highlight police campaigns; even to let people know our phone number (08452 777444).” And as he said, “it is aimed at a proportion of the population, such as youngsters, under 24-year-olds, for whom traditional methods don’t normally work.”

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Text messages to immobilise cars

Posted by Admin on January 26, 2009

A report today in the motoring publication Motors Today claims that “Traffic police may soon be able to use text messages to immobilise cars used by criminals.” It goes on to say that “Senior police officers believe new technology could help them overcome some of the dangers of stopping stolen cars and getaway vehicles.”

Apart from the fact that they call this ‘new’ technology, it might just work.

Presumably each car will be registered with a ‘mobile number’ at the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) which only the police will have access to. Then if that vehicle is reported stolen, or is seen involved in a crime, the police can send a message to the number disabling the engine.

Issues of safety will have to be worked out (ie the car can’t be stopped immediately as it might cause an accident), but it seems like a good use of M2M SMS to me. If it is up and running, then it may even prove, finally, to be a good use of location based services.

I’m not sure it will be easy to introduce and will take a long time to get all cars fitted with this system. It will be expensive for old cars to be retro-fitted and in the meantime criminals will just target older cars, which may themselves be less safe. But I think that new M2M uses of mobile connectivity is one of the big growth areas for operators in the future.

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More Police text alerts

Posted by Admin on November 27, 2008

After I reported that the Police in St Albans were texting suspected customers of arrested drug dealers, I came across this story in yesterday’s Yorkshire Post.

The Police in North Yorkshire are going to be sending text alerts via bluetooth to drinkers, warning them of the dangers of drink driving and the likelihood of being stopped by a patrol. It’s all part of the annual anti-drink-driving campaign that targets people getting a bit too much into the ‘Christmas Spirit’.

They will be targeting a range of different pubs and clubs and as they will be using bluetooth to send out the messages, they can do it all from the comfort of their patrol car.

Acting Assistant Chief Constable Sue Cross of North Yorkshire Police said: “Drink and drug-driving is a deadly disregard for human life and is completely unacceptable – both legally and morally.

“Through a combination of education and strict police enforcement, we aim to positively change the attitudes and behaviour of all road users and highlight the very real dangers and consequences of driving when impaired by alcohol or drugs.

“People who take the risk could end up paying for it for the rest of their lives. If a driver is convicted of drink or drug-driving they will at best lose their licence and livelihood, but at worse they could kill or seriously injure themselves or someone else.

“Our message is a simple one – if you are drinking or taking drugs during the festive season, or at any other time of the year for that matter, then don’t even contemplate getting behind the wheel.”

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