Solution Improves Officer Situational Awareness
WALL, N.J., March 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BIO-key International, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BKYI), a leader in finger-based biometric identification and wireless public safety solutions, today announced the award of a contract from the San Diego Harbor Police Department (San Diego Harbor PD) to deploy BIO-key's automated vehicle location (AVL) capability in its patrol vehicles. San Diego Harbor PD, a BIO-key customer since 2000, has primary public safety and homeland security responsibility within the San Diego Unified Port District, which includes cargo and cruise ship terminals and the San Diego International Airport, as well as law enforcement and marine firefighting in San Diego Bay.
Under the new contract, AVL is now integrated with BIO-key's MobileCop(R) mobile data software, allowing vehicle location data to be automatically transmitted to San Diego Harbor PD's Homeland Security geographic information system (GIS). "The use of MobileCop and its AVL capability has been critical to our GIS deployment," said Thomas Lockwood, a member of the San Diego Port Information Technology Department. "We are using MobileCop to provide our GIS system with patrol vehicle locations, encrypt mobile communications and deliver our GIS application to vehicles out in the field."
"Using MobileCop and AVL to visually map the location of patrol vehicles in relation to a call for service or other emergency improves situational awareness across the department," explained Patrol Sergeant Eric Womack. "The enhanced safety of our officers in an emergency is the biggest value. Now everyone -- from the officer in the car to the dispatcher and commander at headquarters -- has the same information on the status and location of every unit available to respond to a call or provide backup."
MobileCop's silent, secure messaging also enables dispatchers to alert or send units to any critical activity in their sector without the risk of voice radio transmission interception. With BIO-key's MobileCop software on mobile data terminals, San Diego Harbor PD's patrol vehicle-based officers can quickly check Federal and state databases for outstanding warrants on an individual involved in an incident or previously apprehended in a restricted area of the airport or other port district facilities.
"San Diego Harbor PD is one of a growing list of transportation-related organizations using BIO-key mobile data solutions to help maintain homeland security and public safety," noted Ken Souza, Vice President and General Manager of BIO-key's Law Enforcement Division.
BIO-key International, Inc., headquartered in Wall, New Jersey, develops and delivers advanced identification solutions and information services to law enforcement departments, public safety agencies, government and private sector customers. BIO-key's mobile wireless technology provides first responders with critical, reliable, real-time data and images from local, state and national databases. BIO-key's high performance, scalable, cost-effective and easy-to-deploy biometric fingerprint identification technology accurately identifies and authenticates users of wireless and enterprise data to improve security, convenience and privacy and to reduce identity theft. Over 1,000 police departments in North America use BIO-key solutions, making BIO-key the leading supplier of mobile and wireless solutions for law enforcement. (http://www.bio-key.com)
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