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Airmax has established its leading technology position as part of the winning consortium that has won the recent Home Office and ACPO led initiative to define and specify the UK Future Police Vehicle.
Under the auspices of Vauxhall Special Vehicles based at Millbrook, the consortium remit was to integrate onto a single vehicle platform, the technology and innovation seen as being essential to front line policing in tackling increasingly sophisticated crime. Assessed by the Home Office/ACPO ITS team as being the most advanced and cost effective solution, the Vauxhall Astra based technology demonstrator is currently being trialled by various police forces around the UK.
Combining advanced mobile data and robust telecommunications, the vehicle is able to support solutions such as GIS and mapping, police data processing, automatic number plate recognition, forensic analysis, video streaming and capture, public involvement and facial recognition.
The Airmax telematics based system (already in operation with a number of UK Police Forces) addresses the Home Office/ACPO Driver & Vehicle Data Management System (DVDMS) requirement which will implement common standards of officer and vehicle monitoring across forces in the UK. Integral to the Airmax solution is the ability to monitor driver performance and vehicle usage across a wide range of policing parameters in the operational, driver training and post event analysis scenario. Additionally, an increasingly essential aspect is the ability to monitor vehicle fault data in a preventive maintenance and vehicle warranty mode.
The crucial element in Airmax’s favour in winning DVDMS was the demonstrable ability to drive down costs and show an ROI of less than a year based on operational efficiency, accident reduction, improved vehicle utilisation and faster event analysis in the ‘investigative role’.
Richard Perham, General Manager at Airmax says: “Airmax has a strong track record of providing telematics solutions to the emergency services, so we were ideally placed to provide a solution for the Home Office/ACPO requirement. As a supplier of telematics solutions to the police over a number of years we are extremely proud to have been part of this winning consortium. We are especially pleased to have recently been offered the opportunity to provide our system as part of a similar exercise in future vehicle assessment being undertaken by the Bundespolizei in Germany.”
For more information about the project click here to view the online brochure of technologies used in the new Police car.