10 reasons why you should not rely on laptops and USB cards to connect your police force

10 reasons why you should not rely on laptops and USB cards to connect your police force

Traditional portable laptop computers work fine in an office setting, but they deliver less than stellar performance when wireless signal strength is low. In a vehicle environment, signal strength, like everything else, is changing from moment to moment. Many organizations rely on laptops as their primary communications device to manage their mobile workforce. Some devices in and around the vehicle can connect to the laptop, usually via USB. The laptop provides connectivity over commercial, municipal or depot wireless networks, using either a built-in or plug-in data card.

This approach has some benefits—it is secure, it involves little user intervention, and it does not require dedicated hardware. However, as Information Technology (IT) teams and field workers have discovered, laptops are not designed to be routers for other devices, and using them this way can be fraught with challenges.

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