Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Announces At APCO Plans to Equip Fleet With Wireless Data Technology
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile Arms Officers in the Field with More Information to Fight Crime
August 13, 1997
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile
Charlotte Police Department
Major Piper Charles
BEDMINSTER, NJ - Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile and the
Charlotte- Mecklenburg, NC, Police Department will announce today at
the APCO Convention plans to equip the local police fleet with new
wireless data technology called Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD).
Laptop computers using Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile AirBridge® CDPD
service will be installed in more than 460 Charlotte-Mecklenburg
police vehicles, including patrol cars, the mobile command post, SWAT
vans, crime scene vans, patrol boats and canine unit vehicles. The
service will provide officers in the field with nearly instantaneous
wireless access to information before they approach a vehicle, house,
or suspect, allowing them to make critical decisions that will enhance
their own safety as well as that of the community.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg will be the second largest public safety
application of CDPD technology in the nation. The system will give
officers access to local, state and national law enforcement databases
to retrieve complete motor vehicle records, criminal warrants, police
reports, GIS, and other information in seconds.
"We believe in the value of technology in police work. When officers
graduate from the police academy, they should be given a badge, a gun,
a radio and a laptop," said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Dennis
Nowicki. "This new technology will directly benefit local residents
as well by enabling our officers to spend less time doing paperwork
and more time in the community."
Jim Akerhielm, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile vice president for the
Southeast Region, said his company is pleased to be working with the
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police and is looking forward to working with
other departments interested in the benefits of wireless data
"Our wireless data service, known as AirBridge Packet service, uses
our existing cellular network. This capability provides police
departments with a much more reliable, affordable and versatile
alternative to traditional two-way radios," Akerhielm said. "There's
no need to build more radio towers or be concerned with network
maintenance or upgrades. Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile takes full
responsibility for maintaining and upgrading the system."
The software that allows officers to connect to national, state, and
federal databases, police information systems, the National Crime
Information Computer (NCIC), and the NC Division of Motor Vehicles is
being provided by Cerulean Technology, Inc., of Marlborough, MA.
In addition to saving time, the mobile computer systems will increase
the security of police department communications. Messages are
"encrypted" or scrambled by both the software and the CDPD network to
prevent unauthorized reception.
About Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile
Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile is the largest wireless service provider on
the East Coast and the second largest in the United States. The
company owns and operates the most extensive network in the east,
covering 111,000 square miles, and the largest chain of wireless
retail outlets offering a full range of wireless personal
communications services, including voice, data and paging. Based in
Bedminster, NJ, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile has 4.9 million customers
and 6,500 employees in the Northeast, mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and
through a separate subsidiary, in the Southwest. The company was
formed in July, 1995 by combining the cellular operations of Bell
Atlantic Mobile and NYNEX Mobile. For more information, visit our
home page at www.banm.com.
Founded in 1992, privately held Cerulean Technology, Inc. is a
rapidly-growing developer of innovative, client/server software
applications for public and private wireless networks. The company's
PacketCluster Patrol software is the market leader in wireless mobile
information software for law enforcement and public safety, and has been
chosen by law enforcement agencies in 35 states. PacketCluster Patrol
won the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association's 1996 APPY
award for best end-user software. For more information, visit
Cerulean's Web site at www.cerulean.com.