An SME based in Worsley, Manchester, Daetech Systems (UK) Ltd have won a challenge from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) called One Box, a project run in collaboration with the Home Office's Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) on ways of Incorporating Future Technology into a Police Car.

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Daetech Systems (UK) Ltd , winners of the 2012 Security and Innovation Award worked closely with the police fleet market leaders General Motors UK (Vauxhall), and their "Specialist Vehicles department", who formed a consortium of specialist firms considered to be best in class to incorporate leading technology into the British-built Astra Sports Tourer, creating probably the most sophisticated police vehicle ever presented in the UK.

Daetech's MD Andrew Wallwork with the new MIDASone

The State-of-the-art on-board technology from a consortium of 12 companies includes solutions from Daetech Systems (UK) Ltd, Innaxys, Video Latitude, Imagebase, Tetratab, Airmax Group, Trans-tag, Kelvin Connect, Civica and Facewatch all brought together by Vauxhall Special Vehicles, integrated and made fully interoperable with the onboard systems and existing Police and Emergency Services infrastructure, whilst ensuring that the chosen solutions were of a quality and maturity that would enable a police force to buy it and implement it.

Daetech re-engineered their flagship solution, the Mobile Image and Data Acquisition System (MIDAS) into a smaller, robust first responder version, completely re-designing the hardware and software, the MIDASone has become a fully integrated solution and integral part of the Future police car. The MIDASone allows police officers responding to an incident to recover vital forensic evidence from the crime scene including CCTV video and Images and multimedia from mobile devices such as camcorders and smartphones controlled by the Daetech Multimedia recovery suite, captured and recovered files are immediately forensically verified to ensure the integrity of the evidence, along with additional metadata which can be added such as attending officer, location and device type. The MIDASone connects to and is interoperable with USB 2 laptops such as the Rugged C-series laptop from Tetratab which docks seamlessly into the police vehicle.

“This British-built and –converted Astra Sports Tourer will help make police officers more efficient. It becomes their office and allows them to spend more time on the road fighting crime,” said Dick Ellam, Vauxhall’s Special Vehicles Manager.

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