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Norway police test new app. Officers in northern Norway’s Vest-Finnmark District Police try out new technology to assist members of the public. The app enables people to seek assistance and report a matter, amongst other things. Two students from Trondheim’s University of Science and Technology (NTNU) designed it. “We’ve termed it emergency chat, knowing that people might be in a situation where they can’t speak to or ring the police,” Vest-Finnmark Chief of Police Torbjørn Aas told NRK.

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Norway police test new app

Published on Thursday, 15th August, 2013 at 10:06 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Officers in northern Norway’s Vest-Finnmark District Police try out new technology to assist members of the public.

Norwegian police car in Trondheim
Norwegian police car in Trondheim
Photo: HuBar/Wikimedia Commons


The app enables people to seek assistance and report a matter, amongst other things. Two students from Trondheim’s University of Science and Technology (NTNU) designed it.

“We’ve termed it emergency chat, knowing that people might be in a situation where they can’t speak to or ring the police,” Vest-Finnmark Chief of Police Torbjørn Aas told NRK.

The pilot service also allows people to make an appointment to see an officer, order a new passport, or obtain other information.

“It can also be used to complain if someone dissatisfied with us, to submit pictures, and tip us off if they come across anything they believe might be a matter for the police,” he added.

Vest-Finnmark covers an area of some 14,717 square kilometres (about 5,682.2 square miles). Statistics Norway (SSB) reports there were 44,183 inhabitants there as of 01 January 2013.

The Foreigner talked to two of Norway’s major mobile network providers about their coverage and policies.

“Villages of 200 people or more have 3G mobile broadband”, says Bjørn Amundsen, Director of Coverage at Telenor, “otherwise it’s EDGE.”

Netcom press spokesperson Anders Bigseth declares they aim to keep up with fast-changing mobile customer habits.

“Our goals are provide 2G coverage for 99.5 per cent of the population, 3G for 95 per cent, and 4G 90 per cent. Levels are currently at 99.2, 85, and 44 per cent, respectively.”

“Customers’ data use has exploded in the past six years. It was 3MB per user per month back in 2007, and now stands at 560MB per user per month. Our aim is always to use the best-possible technical equipment where we upgrade or build new coverage,” he concludes.

Police equipment procurement body the National Police Computing and Material Service (PDMT) say the new app is not yet in official nationwide use.




Published on Thursday, 15th August, 2013 at 10:06 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: norwaypolice, policenorway, crime.





  
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