Effective communication is the need of the hour. And the Bangalore police have taken another step to improve communication by equipping their 222 Maruti Ertiga with a seven-inch, all-weather Panasonic tablet.
The new Panasonic Toughpad FZ-B2 tablet interface will enable faster response between the patrol and the control room. The Android-powered tablets will be attached to the dashboard of the patrol vehicles, and concerning ruggedness and field work, the Panasonic tablet is built to be waterproof, dustproof and shockproof.
The city police's patrol squads are better known as Hoysalas, and currently, there are 222 Maruti Ertigas for patrol duty. Unlike in the past, the Hoysalas were the rugged Mahindra Bolero SUVs. However, that has changed, and now the Maruti Ertigas will be stationed at designated places instead of being on the move.
About 1600 locations have been identified for patrolling. The technology upgrades in these vehicles will surely allow better intervention in the case of a crime or event.
During an event or crime when the control room (Phone no.100) receives a call, the details are immediately shared with a mobile data terminal team, which then tries to locate the nearest stationed Hoysala closest to the scene of crime. The technology being used is much like the communication interface used by taxi aggregators: Meru, Mega, Ola, Uber, etc.
What's your take on this? Is this new approach better than Hoysalas moving about blindly with no purpose? Will it make a difference in Bangalore? Voice your opinion now!