The NYPD will give smartphones to all its officers, and it looks like they’ll run Windows

Gigaom

New York City cops are going mobile: Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday that the NYPD is planning to outfit every officer — all 35,000 of them — with a mobile “handheld device,” or what most of us would refer to as a smartphone. The $160 million technology program, dubbed NYPD Mobility Initiative, will also install 6000 ruggedized tablets into police cars.

The touchscreen devices issued to cops will be connected to a cellular network, which will give officers in the field “expanded search capabilities,” which simply means they can more easily search NYPD databases on the go. Another big function of the new NYPD smartphones will be that they’ll get real-time 911 data,  including notes, which is the kind of contextual information that could be extremely useful.

One line from the press release indicates the NYPD is planning to use the fingerprint scanners increasingly installed on mobile devices in an unexpected fashion: “It is expected that further…

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