October 18, 1995
NYNEX CONTACT: Media Relations,
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile Wireless Data Technology
Leads to Bridgewater Arrest/Safe Return
When Bridgewater Police Officer Michael Sommers stopped a Ford
Bronco at 9:50 p.m. on Route 22 East in Bridgewater recently,
he approached the vehicle armed and ready -- armed with key criminal
information alerting him to an outstanding warrant for the driver's
arrest and ready to deal with more than a routine traffic stop.
Elsewhere in the Township, Officer Dennis Powers was able to access
key Motor Vehicles information instantly when he arrived at the
scene where an elderly gentleman had crashed his car into a pole.
Powers learned that the man was an Alzheimer's patient whose
had disappeared and been listed by his family a "missing
person" less than 24 hours earlier.
The information, critical in both these incidents, was in the
officers' hands within 5-10 seconds, thanks to Bell Atlantic
NYNEX Mobile's cellular digital packet data (CDPD) technology.
Each Bridgewater Township Police vehicle now is equipped with
a mobile data terminal and CDPD, providing officers on the street
with information they need to protect themselves and to enhance
community safety. In these particular cases, the wanted man was
returned to the Union County Sheriff's office to face criminal
charges, and the elderly man was reunited with his concerned family.
-- Bridgewater Police Department was first in the state to equip
police cars with mobile computers using CDPD wireless data
-- Because the wireless data service, known as Bell Atlantic(R)
Airbridge(SM) Packet service, uses the company's existing
cellular network, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile
is able to provide
the police department with a more reliable and affordable
alternative to traditional radio transmission.
-- The department estimates that the new system will save more
15 man-hours each day, freeing up officers to spend more
community policing and youth-related programs.
Bridgewater Police Officers Sommers and Powers on recent incidents,
and Captain Robert Szkodny on how Bell Atlantic NYNEX
Mobile's technology is arming officers with valuable information
needed to best serve the community.
Michael Anderson of Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile
will discuss CDPD technology, the details of the Bridgewater Police
application and how CDPD is meeting the needs of the law enforcement
The Bridgewater officers will demonstrate mobile data terminals
using CDPD technology.
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