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LA County Sheriff Selects Panasonic Toughbook Mobile Computers For Countywide Patrol Vehicle Deployment

Date: 2011-11-23
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Nation’s Largest Sheriff’s Department Deploys Thousands of Toughbook® 31and Toughbook CF-19 Mobile Computers with Wireless Access Technology to Improve On-the-Road Access to Critical Law Enforcement Applications

Panasonic Solutions Company, a provider of rugged mobile technology solutions for the Public Sector, has announced that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) in Los Angeles, California, the largest Sheriff’s department in the United States, has selected its Toughbook® 31 and Toughbook CF-19 fully-rugged mobile computers for countywide vehicle deployment, as part of the LASD Mobile Digital Computer (MDC) project.   More than 2,600 patrol vehicles and 100 motor units will be outfitted with the in-vehicle computing solutions, which will serve as mobile command centers for Sheriffs in the field. The deployment is expected to be completed by mid-2013.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Mobile Digital Computer Solution is the result of a competitive bid process in which the Raytheon Company proposed the Panasonic laptops to meet the Sheriff’s requirements.  As a result of this bid and ultimate win, thousands of vehicles will receive the new Mobile Digital Computers (MDCs) with embedded commercial wireless access. These new and upgraded devices will provide deputies with faster access to information, report writing, email and intranet, and automated routing to calls via GPS.

“The Panasonic Toughbook mobile computers met our requirements because of the computer’s specifications, proven quality, durability and reliability, and, so far, Panasonic has exceeded our expectations,” said Captain Scott Edson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.  “This extensive deployment of a best-in-class mobile computer is representative of our commitment to investing in the future of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as we continuously look for ways to provide our deputies with the best communications tools to enhance our knowledge in the field and help us better serve the public.”

The MDC project represents the largest deployment of mobile digital computers to a Sheriff’s department in the country.  Raytheon Company serves as the prime contractor responsible for managing the project and integrating all units and systems, while Panasonic Solutions Company is responsible for providing its Toughbook 31 and Toughbook CF-19 mobile computers and wireless access technologies. The wireless system provides access to the AT&T 4G network through Qualcomm Gobi Mobile.

For more information, see:

- Product Profiles / (via Panasonic Solutions, 11/10/11)




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