China's police put wireless PDAs on the beat

Police officers at China's Public Security Bureau (PSB) are making use of a tool that has become indispensable to many Western business executives: a PDA (personal digital assistant) that offers two-way pager functionality and wireless data access over GSM (Global Standard for Mobile Communications) networks.

The unnamed device, which was on display at the CeBIT Asia exhibition here, is based on a Siemens AG TC-35 GSM wireless module and is manufactured by Bluefair Co. Ltd. of Shenzhen, China, said Ran Bo, a senior sales executive at Siemens Ltd., China. Slightly smaller than a typical Palm OS-based PDA, the Bluefair device allows police officers to carry out various tasks, such as checking personal identification cards, wirelessly while on duty.

Besides the PSB, Bluefair also manufactures the device for specialized commercial applications, such as wireless stock trading, Ran said. Pricing and detailed specifications for the Bluefair device were not immediately available.

CeBIT runs through Saturday, August 11.

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