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Chicago Police Turns to Samsung’s DeX in-Vehicle Solution as PC Replacement

The Chicago Police Department and Samsung have partnered for a pilot project whose ultimate goal is to make the officers’ job easier and reduce costs in the long run.
Chicago cops will be using Samsung's DeX in-Vehicle system instead of the old computer as part of pilot initiative 15 photos
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By the end of the year, all officers with the 11th precinct in Chicago will have a Samsung DeX in-Vehicle solution in their cruiser, allowing them to virtually use their Samsung Galaxy smartphone as they would a PC. In this way, Samsung is offering a replacement for the in-car systems used until now.

Most officers already have a department-issued Samsung smartphone, so this next step in the partnership is organic. With DeX, they will be able to dock the phone and use it to file and complete reports, receive notifications from gunshot detection systems, access dispatch alerts, upload photos and videos of crime scenes and incidents to the report, and real-time viewing and control of security cameras.

DeX comes with a larger screen and keyboard, so officers will be able to have a genuine PC experience with it. The advantage over the former in-car solutions is that DeX brings cost effectiveness and mobility to the table. Chicago Police Department Chief Jonathan Lewin says in a statement that previous systems were also mobile but officers rarely bothered removing them from their cruiser because of their sheer size and weight.

“The old computers had to stay in the cars,”
Lewin explains. “With this solution, it really creates an ecosystem that takes all the technology and makes it available to officers on the street in real-time and at significantly less cost than we are paying now. We’re by far the most advanced department in the US with technology.”

“Nearly half of all Chicago Police officers have a department-issued Samsung smartphone already,”
CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson adds. “The pilot we are announcing today will pair these phones with the Samsung DeX in Vehicle solution. The idea is to give officers everything they need to process a scene or respond to an incident in the palm of their hand.”

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