“In the first eight minutes of the new system being turned on last week, a licence and registration check conducted while police were stopped at a traffic light in Hobart resulted in a significant drug bust,” The Mercury reports. “And as a police car sat at a service station filling up, one of the officers entered the details of another car in the driveway and found it was unregistered.”
“In just 10 days of operation 167 unregistered vehicles have been found and 107 disqualified or unregistered drivers caught,” The Mercury reports.
The iPhone’s “camera is able to take a picture of a vehicle and within seconds relay the information back to a database of unregistered vehicles and unlicensed and disqualified drivers,” The Mercury reports. “It cuts out the arduous task of officers having to contact Radio Dispatch Services to do the check for them. It also has the ability to search for outstanding warrants and other offenses. The display unit also tracks a police car’s movements, logs jobs for the officers and provides GPS navigation.”
The Mercury reports, “But the system is not limited to the police cars, with a purpose-built iPhone application able to give officers the same information on police-issued iPhones… Acting Commissioner Darren Hine said the technology was an invaluable tool.”
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