The numerous advancements made in mobile technology have made it an indispensable tool for everyone. People are finding it easier to connect with their friends and family while checking out various forms of information can be done by a tap of a finger. Now it looks like law enforcement officials are also going to take advantage of mobile devices as new reports indicate that the Dutch police plans to use the Samsung Galaxy S5 primarily for its fingerprint scanner feature while the Dubai police plans to use Google Glass in their daily rounds.
A report made by Android Planet claims that the Dutch police plans to order a total of 35,000 Samsung Galaxy S5 units to replace its current BlackBerry smartphones. The main purpose of getting this model is for its fingerprint scanner. Regular consumers use this feature to unlock the device however for the Dutch police a special app will be developed that allows it to scan the prints of people and identify them. The device will also be used to scan documents or badges and will help in serving fines to people who have committed offences.
Samsung and the Dutch police however did not confirm or deny the validity of this report. According to police spokesman Niels Nijman, “There are ongoing discussions and negotiations, but with whom and which I cannot say. The police in turn, is planning more mobile apps, but I can not elaborate on that.”
If this plan pushes through then the Galaxy S5 will probably be in the hands of police officers as early as 2015.
In other related news, the Dubai police will also use cutting edge technology in their daily work. The Gulf News reports that the police force will soon use Google Glass to issue fines on erring motorists and identify wanted vehicles. Right now the smart glass made by Google is being tested by the Dubai Police Smart Services Department to determine if it is suitable for police use.
Colonel Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, General Director of Smart Services at Dubai Police, explains how Google Glass will be used by the police force. “One will allow them to take photos of traffic violations from the Glass, which will go instantly into our system, and the other application helps identify wanted cars.”
Police officers will simply tap the side of the glass to take a photo of a vehicle. Aside from the photo itself, the time, date, and exact location will be sent to the servers. As for checking if whether a vehicle is wanted or not the police officer will just need to look at its plate number and this will be cross referenced with the vehicle database. If it is wanted then an alert will be made.
Col. Al Razooqi further added that “We at Dubai Police always try to adopt what is new in the market and we like to stay up-to-date.”