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The deployment sees 4,000 front line police and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers being equipped with Anoto technology.

Anoto technology speeds up process for digitised witness statements and provides 80% efficiency gains for the back office function

London, UK – 14 January 2013 Anoto, a leader in digital writing technologies, and inphoActive, data capture and digital pen specialists, today announced that the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is now using Anoto digital pen technology to record witness statements and make the associated information available as quickly as possible across the entire police force in the country. The deployment sees 4,000 front line police and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers being equipped with Anoto technology.

In the past, PSNI used traditional pen and paper forms to record witness statements. With speed of response being critical to the police, it is paramount that information is shared as quickly as possible to ensure that it is received and acted upon in a timely fashion.

“The pen is already in wide use by the front line officers, who are able to have an online record of all their statements,” says Colin Shaw, Inspector with the PSNI. “The solution is simple and intuitive for officers to use and during rollout we encountered nothing but positive feedback. The digital pen and paper solution provides supervisors with better visibility of investigations and that will help us to get it right the first time.”

Through working with inphoActive and utilising DevelopIQ’s digital pen platform, the PSNI has now deployed a system where witness statements are automatically uploaded to the Niche records management system as soon as they are written, thanks to the use of Anoto’s digital pen and paper technologies. Today, thousands of statements are now being uploaded by the system, which has resulted in an 80% efficiency gain in back office processing time.

Chief Superintendent Pauline Shields, who has overall responsibility for the Digital Pen project stated, “'The PSNI is one of the world's largest users of the Digital Pen, having recently completed a roll out of 4,000 Pens to operational officers. The introduction of the digital pen and the latest development of a ‘straight to Niche’ solution means that statements are visible on the Niche occurrence as soon as the pen is docked. This will substantially reduce the time that typists need to browse statements onto Niche and will allow statements to be readily available for all those who need to see them. The use of such innovative technology will undoubtedly help reduce bureaucracy and improve efficiency in the criminal justice system”.

“The deployment of digital pen and paper technology at the PSNI is the largest deployment in law enforcement and has delivered great benefits for the police force,” says Mike Greer, managing director at inphoActive. “It has improved the flow of information allowing officers in different districts and precincts to view the data and identify any particular patterns or trends. Data accuracy has been improved due to a good form design and validation process. We are delighted with the time and cost saving results the PSNI has already achieved and look forward to working with them on further applications.”

The digital pen and paper deployment, has been so popular within the PSNI that it has also been deployed to the Crime Scene Investigation teams to assist in collecting and recording evidence from crime scenes, and to the Major Incidents Teams to record property and exhibits that may be used as evidence in court. Additionally, the PSNI is currently considering the roll out of the Anoto digital pen and paper technology for other applications such as missing persons, road traffic accidents and domestic incidents, to enable quicker access to accurate information.

“The PSNI implementation is an excellent example of the benefits of digital pen and paper technologies,” adds Stein Revelsby, CEO at Anoto. “Having over 4,000 police officers equipped with the digital pens to ensure their witness statements are digitised at the point of writing ensures that they have quick access to all critical notes to ensure the safety of the public.”

About Anoto Group

Anoto Group is the company behind and world leading in the unique technology for digital pen and paper, which enables fast and reliable transmission of handwritten text into a digital format. Anoto operates through a global partner network that focuses on user-friendly solutions for efficient capture, transmission and storage of data within different business segments, e.g. healthcare, bank and finance, transport and logistics and education. The Anoto Group has around 100 employees and is headquartered in Lund (Sweden). The company also has offices in Guildford and Wetherby (UK), Boston (US) and Tokyo (Japan). The Anoto share is traded on the Small Cap list of NASDAQ OMX Stockholm under the ticker ANOT.
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About inphoActive

inphoActive, established in 2006, is a private limited company that specialises in digital pen and paper technology. Now an Anoto gold partner, inphoActive has become the leading provider of digital pen data capture solutions to the law enforcement market.

inphoActive is based at the Innovation Centre in the Northern Ireland Science Park, Belfast.

For more information please visit www.inphoactive.com

About DevelopIQ

DevelopIQ is one of only two Anoto Platinum Partners in the UK, a BlackBerry® Elite Partner and the recognised leader in delivering data capture solutions that use Anoto digital pen technology on the BlackBerry® smartphone. Its “PaperIQ” product is a proven enterprise-class platform for digital pen and paper and has been selected for the largest digital pen contracts to date in Europe. The business has particular sales focus in the public sector and it is the leading provider of digital pen technology to the UK’s National Health Service.

DevelopIQ is headquartered in Basingstoke, UK and is privately funded.
For more information please visit www.DevelopIQ.com
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For more information contact: Janne Virtanen
Davies Murphy Group
anoto@daviesmurphy.com
01256 807 360

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