The Cabinet Office is providing £75m to get 25,000 mobile devices in the hands of police officers, the funding being managed by the National Policing Improvement Agency. It's quite hard to find consistent coverage of the story in the mainstream press, so we're tracking the story on the Mobbu blog as it unfolds:
- June: 27 Police forces will get £50m for 10,000 mobile devices
- July: Part of the £50m will be spent via NPIA's mobile data accelerator programme
- Sep: More background on the NPIA funding (and of Airwave's investment in Kelvin Connect, and BlackBerry having hit the 20,000 devices mark in UK policing).
- And any day now funding announcement is expected from NPIA for the unallocated £25m. And in the last week, 15 police authorities have revealed that they have money held by embattled or defunct Icelandic banks.
And Alex is starting to post some useful tips on device and application management with BlackBerry Enterprise Manager:
- Application updates not recognised on new BlackBerry devices? - on the benefit of keeping your device and vendor XML files up to date
- Always keep older versions of your Java apps on BES so that your BES can still perform remote management upon those devices that happen to update later then you expected.