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Philadelphia Police Department Goes On-Line With Mobile Data Terminals In Vehicles

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Philadelphia Police Department Goes On-Line With Mobile Data Terminals In Vehicles

National Law Enforcement Week Marks Debut of New Weapon Ensuring Officer Safety, Efficiency

May 13, 1997

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Police Department has

a new weapon in the war against crime thats fast, efficient and

rugged. The new weapon is a laptop computer, which uses Bell Atlantic

NYNEX Mobiles AirBridge®

Digital Packet Data (CDPD) service

to provide officers on the street with instant wireless access to the

information they need to make critical safety-related decisions for

themselves and the communities they patrol and serve.

The new system will give officers access to reliable, timely

information before they approach a vehicle, house, or suspect,

allowing them to accurately assess potentially dangerous situations.

Police can connect directly to national, state and federal data

bases, police computers, the National Crime Information Computer

(NCIC), and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Another benefit of the

system will be increased security of police department communications.

Messages carried by CDPD are "encrypted," or scrambled, to prevent

unauthorized reception.

After a successful field trial and a competitive bidding process, the

Philadelphia Police Department concluded that Bell Atlantic NYNEX

Mobiles technology is an important state-of-the-art, crime-fighting

tool for its force of approximately 6,500. By June 1, 1997, 250

laptops will be installed in Philadelphia Police cars, and by the year

2000, the City hopes all of its 800 vehicles will be equipped.

Communications from the officers laptops will be wirelessly carried

over Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobiles cellular network.

In addition to immediate access to information and saving precious

time in urgent situations, another benefit of this system is

efficiency. For example, it can eliminate paperwork, and the need to

go through a central dispatcher to get database information.

"Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile has worked with us from the beginning to

ensure that the Philadelphia Police Department has the best, most

complete, most durable wireless information system available," said

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Neal. "National Law

Enforcement Week is a particularly appropriate time to announce this

advancement, which will help us ensure resident and officer safety and

increase efficiency."

"We know that police officers have some of the most challenging jobs

in this country, and we are delighted to provide Philadelphia officers

with a tool that will make them safer and more efficient while on the

job. We look forward to working with other police departments

interested in the benefits of wireless data technology," said Robert

F. Stott, regional president, Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile.

Stott also noted that this system provides a much more reliable and

affordable alternative to traditional radio transmission. It uses the

existing cellular network, eliminating the need for additional radio

towers or network maintenance and upgrades.

The software that will allow officers to connect to national, state

and federal data bases is being provided by PRC Public Sector, Inc.,

based in Reston, Virginia. Wireless modems, provided by Sierra

Wireless, based in British Columbia, Canada, connect the laptops to

Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobiles CDPD network. Conshohocken, Pa.-based

L&E Mobile Computer Mounts, Inc. provided many of the mounting system

components necessary to integrate the PC Mobile ruggedized laptop into

varied patrol vehicle styles within the police departments fleet.

L&E Mobile Computer Mounts, Inc. is a master agent for Gamber-Johnson.

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Note to Editors:

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 4.6 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 about the

company, visit Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobiles Home Page at

Sierra Wireless is a leading supplier of cellular data modems.

Sierras product line includes AirCard, the PocketPlus 210 for

Windows, Windows CE and Macintosh, the MP200 ruggedized, 3-watt

vehicle-based CDPD/cellular modem, the MP200-GPS which include a GPS

receiver, and the SB-220 OEM module. For more information contact

Andrew Harries, Vice President Marketing of Sierra Wireless, Inc.,

#260 - 13151 Vanier Place, Richmond, BC, V6V 2J2. Phone: (604)

, or visit the Companys web page, at


Media contacts:

Bell Atlantic NYNEX Mobile

Andra Davidson

(215) 732-4100

Philadelphia Police Department

Susan Slawson

(215) 686-3388

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