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We need to catch up

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When responding to a call, I have found that it is simpler to map it with my iPhone than with our dusty old map books. The iPhone is fast, accurate, and easy.

The highest tech systems in emergency vehicles involve an in-vehicle computer that links up with dispatch to get automatic call routing and other information. These systems cost thousands of dollars per unit, not including infrastructure costs, and setting them up is fraught with bugs and implementation is no cake walk (I an in the process of implementing this for my agency. It’s no joke).

Why does my $400 consumer product offer easier access to this information than my $3000 tablet?

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Written by ben

April 12th, 2010 at 9:50 am

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  1. I think the cost difference is there purely because they know agencies will pay $3000 and consumers will not. Supply and demand.

    I use my phone all the time too. The only problem I run into is when we go way off the beaten bath and I loose signal. Then I’m hollering at dispatch to look it up on the maps system. :)

    Andrew Randazzo

    18 Mar 15 at 7:06 am

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