Alaska Police Department Implements
Award-winning Mobile Data Project - 27th
BIO-key's PocketCop(R) and BlackBerry Smartphones Improve Information Access in the Field
WALL, N.J., - BIO-key International Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BKYI), a leader in finger-based
biometric identification and wireless public safety solutions, announced today a new customer
award from the Soldotna, AK Police Department, which has issued PocketCop, BIO-key's law
enforcement mobile data solution, to its patrol officers and command staff on BlackBerry(R)
smartphones from Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM). In addition to having wireless
voice communications, email and Internet access using their BlackBerry smartphone, patrol
officers can also now use PocketCop to query the Alaska Public Safety Information Network
(APSIN), National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (NLETS) and the FBI's
National Crime Information Center (NCIC).
Previously, to get background information on a vehicle or person of interest, the officer would
have to call the regional dispatch center over the radio and wait for the query to be run and the
results returned. If a DMV photograph was needed to verify identity or locate a suspect, the
officer had to drive back to the station for a faxed copy. Now the officer can get the information,
including photos, on scene within seconds and without tying up a dispatcher.
"I'm as concerned with getting the most out of our limited resources as any other executive,"
said Soldotna Police Chief John Lucking. "Our business is to be a visible presence on the
streets, not waiting on the radio or chasing down paperwork. PocketCop has made our entire
department more efficient."
The Department looked at in-vehicle mobile data options, but found that a smartphone-based
approach would be more cost-effective and convenient. Not only is a BlackBerry smartphone
much less expensive than a ruggedized laptop, but having a multi-purpose device meant that
officers wouldn't need a separate cell phon