Samsung announced this week that it is working in partnership with the Chicago police to replace the computers in the vehicles with DeX. Still in tests, the goal of using a smartphone plugged into the screen instead of the PC is to give more mobility to the police officer, who will be able to carry the system with him all the time.
DeX is a platform created by Samsung that opens a different interface than Android, which is similar to the desktop of a PC and appears when a compatible smartphone or tablet is connected to an external monitor. It is still limited to what Android can do, but for the Chicago police it’s enough.
Through the Samsung DeX, the police will be able to make an analysis on a suspect, report firearm shots, as well as access surveillance cameras in real time. As the PC is a cell phone, it will also serve as a tool to record audio, film and photograph whatever is necessary, without using other equipment. The computer in the vehicles is already portable, but putting a smartphone in your pocket and just plugging it into a cable that is in the vehicle is even more portable.
Samsung claims that there is a saving of 15% in the total cost of the service during the first year, reaching up to 32% in the following years – since a smartphone can be cheaper than a computer.
The tests will be focused on the eleventh police district of Chicago and all police officers serving at this location will receive a Galaxy smartphone, to be placed in the dock that will be installed in the cars.
With information: Samsung.