Met Police CIO expects frontline Android and Windows 8 device use alongside iOS
Posted by Damien Biddulph on Mon 17th Feb 2014
by Dan Worth, 11 Feb 2014, V3.co.uk
Police officers in London could be using smartphones and tablets running Android and Windows 8 by the end of the year, according to the force’s CIO.
The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) revealed plans for a major £200m IT shake-up on Friday, as it prepares to embrace new technologies such as cloud computing, big data and to roll out 15,000 mobile devices to frontline staff.
So far an order for 500 iPad Minis has been placed, to be used by frontline officers in Hammersmith and Fulham for a trial starting in the spring.
However, speaking to V3, Met Police CIO Richard Thwaite said he expects the use of Android and Windows devices to be approved by the Communications Electronics Security Group (CESG) department within GCHQ this year, to enable more devices to be used by frontline officers.
“Because of security we are restricted to iOS devices for the pilot but we are anticipating Android and Windows 8 will be approved later in the year, so we will look to roll that out,” he said.
V3 contacted CESG for confirmation of the plans to approve Android or Windows platforms, but had received no reply at the time of publication.
Thwaite said having a choice of platforms would provide several benefits to officers, including avoiding spiralling costs for hardware purchases.
“We will look to provide a broad set of devices because depending on officer’s duties some may want an iPad Mini, some may want