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Cop Conference Features BlackBerry PlayBook As Law Enforcement Tool

Maybe the airlines are flocking to iPads, but there’s another tablet getting some notice right now from a different industry. At the 2011 Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Ontario, a BlackBerry Playbook — dashboard-mounted in a concept police car — is showcasing some impressive features for the law enforcement community.

The device, residing in a Dodge Charger, shows off a software demo of Mobile Police Assist’s upcoming PlayBook version. Set to launch early next year, the system will allow officers in the field to control sirens and lights; secure-access police records, briefings and communication; track GPS; and geo-tag/time-stamp pics, vids and notes, all from the tablet.

Of the choices currently available on the market, it seems like this QNX-based option is the most perfect fit: It’s not only compact, but it’s also compatible with the secure BlackBerries that many departments already have out in the field.
But the Canadian authorities aren’t the only ones who’ll get to check this out. The car and tablet will have another dog-and-pony show in Chicago at the 2011 International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in October.

It’s hard not to root for this technology to take hold — especially if you’re a BlackBerry fan. RIM could use all the help it can get, and police adoption of these devices could help give it a much-needed boost.

Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...