How to buy mobile computers (eBook)
Download this PoliceOne mobile computers buying guide to learn key steps for product selection, purchasing and implementation
Whether you work a desk job, are in a patrol car, at an investigation site or in a mobile command post, you want your work space to be functional. Especially when you’ve got limited space for mobility, storage or even layout, you need to make sure that everything within your “office” serves a purpose, increases your productivity and improves your performance.
Computers have become a staple item in every patrol unit, supervisor car and community response vehicle. Long gone are the 10-inch displays with green text and a half-size keyboard. Today’s technology promotes adaptability, versatility and functionality. With laptops featuring touch-screen displays, tablets with integrated camera components, and even smartphones with location tracking abilities, today’s law enforcement technology is far beyond what it was when many started their careers.
So, where do you start? What should you be looking for in terms of functionality? What advances are not only a nice thing to have, but truly an adapted need to have?
Being placed in the decision maker seat can be daunting position. A criminal justice degree doesn’t typically prepare you to talk about computer hardware, but you are well aware of time-on-task functions of the job and workforce productivity. This PoliceOne guide to buying mobile computers is a starting point for the several months or more long procurement process.
Included in this guide:
- Key considerations before purchasing mobile computers
- Top implementation considerations
- Questions to ask vendors
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