Locative Media & the ´Groninger´ Police

On: October 6, 2006
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At this moment 30 policemen of Korps Groningen are being trained in the use of a handheld computer which gives the user all kinds of information on the site he surveils. The I-Pac, as the device is called, will give the policeman a warning when he passes a house of which the occupier has unpaid fines, a criminal history, or is wanted. The policeman can acces data of any past criminal activity in the area he visits, and send data to headquarters like a call for backup. Spokesman Pieter Boomsma thinks that backup will arrive faster because the I-Pac gives the exact location of the officer in need. The Groninger Police is the first policedepartment in the world to use such a device. When the use of the I-Pac is a succes, the handheld will be given to all policemen in the Netherlands.


5 Responses to “Locative Media & the ´Groninger´ Police”
  • October 6, 2006 at 4:45 pm

    Nice and useful application, but this can lead to fast judgement. Since a former criminal can be a good guy again (I hope.. :))

  • October 6, 2006 at 4:59 pm

    Version 2.0 will be more efficient and simply point out all the people who might commit a crime.

  • October 7, 2006 at 2:07 pm

    Sounds very Minority Report-ish, but you never know ;)

  • October 8, 2006 at 1:31 am

    version two will go haywire when passing a random politician or business executive, then :D

  • October 8, 2006 at 3:21 pm

    or when it passes Tom Cruise, obviously :)

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