Microsoft Improves Smart City Patrol Cars with Hexagon Technology

Microsoft is using Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure technology designed to improve first responder safety and efficiency into a smart city patrol car. The combined technologies demonstrate how cloud-based and connected solutions can make cities safer and police more productive.

Hexagon’s chief technology officer Kalyn Sims said, “Safe cities are all about connectivity and collaboration. The Microsoft patrol car is a significant leap forward for law enforcement operations. With safe city-ready components that easily plug into new or existing information technologies and solutions, Hexagon can help customers advance their capabilities and deliver on safe city goals.”

The Intergraph Mobile Responder solution provides mobile dispatching workflows via an app for Microsoft Windows devices. It is installed on a rugged laptop within the vehicle, which Hexagon refers to as “a platform for cloud-connected digital patrol solutions that improve incident response” and displayed on a touchscreen. Technologies include tablets, drones, surveillance devices, license plate readers, body cameras, and more. Officers can acquire and manage critical evidence, create events, view incident details, receive and acknowledge messages, update status, and query databases using these digital evidence platforms, which are integrated with Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Records Management Systems (RMS). Earlier this year, Hexagon selected Microsoft Azure as the cloud platform for its public safety and security products.

“As technology and urbanization continue to change the way governments interact with citizens, Microsoft CityNext is leveraging the trusted Azure platform to help cities remain connected. From better transit management and safer roads to reduced crime and increased energy efficiency, cloud technology is helping cities to empower their citizens, and create the connected society of the future,” said managing director of Microsoft CityNext, Trudy Norris-Grey.