For the record

Motorola Solutions recently hosted an event on how emergency services are harnessing technology for public safety. Sam Fenwick reports on the main talking points.

Paul Steinberg, SVP – technology at Motorola Solutions (shown far left), began by looking at the issues around digital policing. He noted that certainly in the US, the administration burden for police officers has increased significantly when compared with the 1980s – it now takes up 40 per cent of their time, and 30 per cent of their time is spent in the station. He also drew attention to the sheer amount of data that modern police forces have to grapple with, noting a sexual offence case in the UK that required the review of 44,000 texts and instant messages. He went on to discuss the company’s approach to AI.

The event marked the announcement of a trial, which was performed by Surrey and Sussex Police and gave officers access to drivers’ licence images at the roadside via Motorola’s Pronto mobile working application, helping them quickly identify whom officers had stopped for traffic offences. The trial reduced the time taken to identify a driver from 16 minutes to just five.

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