Policing an area as vast as Western Australia is a testing business. So to extend the long arm of the law in the world's geographically largest law enforcement jurisdiction, the Western Australia Police Service is always looking to new technology for a helping hand.
““We saw this as an ideal opportunity to judge for ourselves whether handheld computers and mobile communications were mature enough for our needs,”
comments Sgt Adam. “If the pilot worked, we expected to save a lot of time and increase our effectiveness by conducting a higher volume of checks.”
The pilot was first conceived in late 2003 when consultants from Fujitsu and Microsoft approached WA Police with the idea of building a prototype application for mobile name and vehicle searches.