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British police are now equipping patrol cars with Windows 8 tablets

by Doug Drinkwater

October 15 2013

British Prime Minister David Cameron got a look at the new police program prior to launch
British Prime Minister David Cameron got a look at the new police program prior to launch

Hertfordshire Police is embarking on a new tech-savvy scheme in its bid to fight crime. The police force is trialling Panasonic’s latest Windows 8 tablets and is even taking them out on the road.

The tablet in question is the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1, and the 8.4-inch Windows 8 Pro device can be used on the move or even when docked in the glovebox of the 10 Vauxhall Astra police cars currently on trial.

Depending how successful the trial is, the Hertfordshire Constabulary could expand the program for the tablets to be fitted in 50 police patrol cars at some point in future.

(Worth reading: Panasonic talks tough on tablets; says the iPad is too fragile for business & Tablet veteran Panasonic gets excited by Windows 8.)

The Toughpad FZ-G1 was launched back in January and is Panasonic’s first “fully rugged” Windows 8 Pro tablet. The device features an 8.4-inch 1920 x 1200 resolution IPS display which is geared up for outside reading, and is ruggedized to withstand 120cm drops (MIL-STD-810G rated) and to resist dust and water ingress (IP65 rated). The slate can even run for up to 16 hours, if fitted with the most powerful available battery.

The tablet, which is also being used on some planes, is pricey though and starts at a wallet-busting $2,899.

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