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Never to see the office again – AFP get in-car computers

By johnboy - 29 July 2009 61

The ABC brings word that ACT Policing is installing networked computers in its patrol cars.

    ACT Police Minister Simon Corbell says the computers will mean more police on the road, more often.

    “It means less time back at the station, it means less time dealing with paperwork at the end of the the shift, and instead being able to do more of it on the road while the police are working with the community tackling jobs,” he said.

Let’s hope they still manage to meet the basic human desires to interact with colleagues. A lot of so called inefficiencies often turn out to be important safety valves.

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Never to see the office again – AFP get in-car computers
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PBO 9:07 am
29 Jul 09
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So does that mean all someone has to do to get into the C.O.P.S. database now is to follow a police car with my laptop and crack their wireless with a piggyback program?

All this will do is make wardriving alot more interesting.

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johnboy 9:11 am
29 Jul 09
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One would hope it will be more complicated than that.

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Spectra 9:34 am
29 Jul 09
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johnboy said :

One would hope it will be more complicated than that.

Quite so, but one might also look at various governments’ track records on IT security and justifiably wonder if it might not be.

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PigDog 9:34 am
29 Jul 09
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Wasn’t this in the Blues Brothers movie (circa 1980)? SCMODS, the State County Municipal Offender Data System.

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VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 9:42 am
29 Jul 09
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johnboy said :

One would hope it will be more complicated than that.

Even if you could get onto their wireless network, one would presume the data being transferred would be encryped appropriately.

Most of what would be being transferred across the network wouldn’t be interesting enough to justify the attempt, I reckon.

I wonder if they will be able to surf the web while out ‘policing’.

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johnboy 9:44 am
29 Jul 09
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VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Most of what would be being transferred across the network wouldn’t be interesting enough to justify the attempt, I reckon.

I wonder if they will be able to surf the web while out ‘policing’.

I think the frequency of comment by certain contributors here will make that clear.

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VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 9:47 am
29 Jul 09
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Perhaps we can get real time updates while crims accelerate away from them at 40km/h.

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Ozhair 9:51 am
29 Jul 09
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Aw, PigDog beat me to the Blues Bros reference :-(

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Jim Jones 9:51 am
29 Jul 09
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Everyone could keep track of the local crime situation through constant Twitter and Facebook-status updates.

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AG Canberra 9:54 am
29 Jul 09
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If you email them will you get a faster response (by cutting out the middleman)?

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DarkLadyWolfMother 10:02 am
29 Jul 09
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I hope they don’t surf ‘n’ drive….

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Rawhide Kid No 2 12:10 pm
29 Jul 09
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johnboy said :

One would hope it will be more complicated than that.

If you paid attention to the footage shown on last nights ABC news you would have noticed all the Motorola equipment in the boot. This would indeed indicate a Encrypted radio network using the same radio system for their current radios.

So no Hacking or cracking will be possible.

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johnboy 12:14 pm
29 Jul 09
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I’m sure you meant to say it will be difficult.

Nothing is impossible to crack.

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j from the block 12:18 pm
29 Jul 09
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well stated john boy, although hackers love nothing more than someone coming out and saying that something can not be hacked or is completely safe.
Last department I worked for it was a good three hours though from when the minister mistakenly said the system was hack proof before some bored 16 year old proved him wrong.

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zig 12:31 pm
29 Jul 09
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hmmmmm looks like we’ll see lots of Cops sitting in their patrol cars playing Solitaire and surfing the web whilst chowing down on Krispy Kremes. 😛

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