MAYOR LEE, SFPD CHIEF GREG SUHR, and SF.CITI ANNOUNCE
NEW MOBILE APPLICATION FOR SF POLICE IN THE FIELD
SAN FRANCISCO - Mayor Ed Lee, Police Chief Greg Suhr, and sf.citi Chairman Ron Conway announced a new mobile application that will enable police officers to report remotely from the field and share reports in real time, improving police department efficiency for SFPD officers by up to 40% daily.
The application was announced on June 25, 2012 in conjunction with the first day of our newest SF Police Department Academy Class at SFPD Academy. In partnership with ArcTouch and HP, this multi-phase pilot project brings SFPD into the 21st Century, enables officers to stay in neighborhoods doing their job more effectively, keeping San Francisco the innovation capital of the world.
Named the "Michael J. Homer Initiative" in honor of the San Francisco native and technology visionary, this 2-phase pilot project will be funded through a $100,000 donation by sf.citi. HP has donated 60 top-of-the-line HP Ultrabook laptop computers to immediately begin training officers on new hardware today providing SFPD officers in the field direct access to the new SFPD Crime Data Warehouse, while sf.citi member ArcTouch will design and develop a new mobile SFPD field reports application, providing officers with a mobile version of the Crime Data Warehouse and enabling compatibility for multiple mobile platforms to be released.
Working with SFPD, ArcTouch will design and develop a software application specifically suited to the needs of the officers. This app solution can lead to both dramatic time saving for the officer in the field AND greater accuracy of field reports since there's so much data collection that can be done passively through the technology.
"This project combines two of my priorities for the City: Supporting our innovation economy and improving public safety," said Mayor Ed Lee. "This initiative makes our police department one of the most innovative in the world, allowing officers to utilize cutting edge technology built right here in San Francisco to keep our residents safe."
"I am grateful and pleased at the efforts of private companies to invest in the safety of San Francisco," said Police Chief Greg Suhr. "It's estimated that it takes up to 40% of officers' time to return to the station to do follow-up report work. Using this new technology will keep more officers out on the streets."
"Working with civic leaders to identify ways in which the San Francisco tech community can improve the City is the mission of sf.citi, and this project is a perfect example of that partnership," said Ron Conway. "The city's tech industry has drawn on its own talents and resources to find an innovative solution to save our police department time and money, which will in turn make San Francisco a safer place to live."
"Making a positive impact within the communities in which our employees work, live, and play matters to HP," said Caroline Barlerin, Director of Worldwide Community Engagement, HP, "improving SFPD's access to innovative technology solutions will dramatically improve officers' productivity and allow them to do what they are well-trained to do -- protect San Francisco residents."
ArcTouch, San Francisco's leading app development studio, will design and develop software to streamline note taking and field reporting and fully leverage the capabilities of today's cutting edge mobile devices such as GPS, audio and image recording, and touch interfaces. The app will connect with the Crime Data Warehouse, SFPD's new state-of-the-art computer system and enterprise data warehouse. This Internet-based portal is now being used by SFPD to solve, manage, and prevent crime implemented at all precinct stations.
"Mobile devices and app solutions are ideal for field reporting and incident tracking allowing officers to connect real-time and maximize the full potential of the Crime Data Warehouse," said ArcTouch founder Adam Fingerman. "Our app designers and developers live and work in San Francisco. We love this city and are thrilled to partner with SFPD and sf.citi, and commend them on their forward thinking."
SFPD IT will use this opportunity to maximize their modernization program making SFPD paperless citywide. Officers will be able to write reports, identify suspects, instantly check on crime patterns and alerts, and view crime videos-even while crimes are in progress, drastically improving upon this current 40% time deficiency.