Hertfordshire Police trial cutting-edge Vauxhall Astra cop cars

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 09:10
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TECH: Vauxhall Astra has ‘wowed’ David Cameron

Hertfordshire Constabulary are set to trial a fleet of ten crime-busting Vauxhall Astra cop cars featuring cutting-edge technology.

The vehicles, which have ‘wowed’ Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May, are kitted out with state-of-the-art gadgetry.

Technology includes a Panasonic Toughpad FZ-G1 – the first fully-rugged tablet with Windows 8 Pro – an 8.4inch high-resolution KME multi-touch monitor and a 4G-compatible broadband router enabling high-speed internet connectivity.

Dick Ellam, Special Vehicles Manager at Vauxhall, said: “We are delighted that Hertfordshire Constabulary is taking ten Vauxhall Astras on trial and have placed an order to retro-fit 50 vehicles with this cutting edge technology.

“Efficiency is a top priority for both the government and Hertfordshire Constabulary and the investment made in these Vauxhalls will mean officers spend more time in the field fighting crime.”

Thin and weighing just 1.1kg, the Toughpad can be used on the move or docked in to the Astra’s glove box allowing officers to work on the touchscreen monitor.

The KME monitor is the world’s first Windows 8-compatible touchscreen designed for use in a car.

It features advanced multi-touch compatibility, recognising two or more points of contact, enabling advanced functionality such as pinch and zoom.

High-speed broadband, available through the Westbase router, gives officers up to an extra two hours in the field.