SPD Mobile Data Computers
The Somerville Police Department has been using mobile data computers (MDC's) in their cars since January of 1996. The system allows officers to check department of motor vehicle information from all 50 states, write police reports and upload them to our server as well as access the National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
The system's ability to give officer's a rapid return to their inquiries has enhanced officer safety as well as assisted officers in making numerous arrests. A supervisor can now get an Officer's report from the server, download it to their car, review the report, and approve it and send it back to the server without having to come into hq.
The system uses laptop computers mounted in the patrol cars that connect to the server via a usb modem. We currently utilize ruggedized Panasonic Toughbook and Itronix GD6000 laptops. Any inquiries may be directed to Officer Mark Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org .