Seamless device integration for first responders

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Connectivity specialist VNC Automotive is to give the first public demonstrations in the UK of its Cobalt Cube integration system at the 47th National Association of Police Fleet Managers’ (NAPFM) conference in Telford later this month.

According to VNC, the system enables the integration of multiple devices with a vehicle’s built-in touchscreen displays and controls, removing the need for bulky aftermarket hardware. This means additions such as ANPR, lights and sirens (MCS) can all be controlled through a vehicle’s existing display, while users can also interact with PC – or smartphone-based applications through the vehicle’s touchscreen without needing to access the device directly.

VNC states that by removing clutter from the vehicle interior, occupant safety is improved, while the significantly simplified installation greatly reduces the total cost of ownership. Furthermore, as the dashboard remains completely intact, the vehicle’s residual value is preserved once it reaches the end of its fleet life.

“Our experience with the Dodge Charger Pursuit [in the USA]showed us how a more connected approach can help first responders work more efficiently,” said Tom Blackie, CEO, VNC Automotive.

“Our modular range of products enables installers to introduce advanced features quickly and easily – such as the ability to receive critical information before arriving at an incident site – while the customisable nature gives incredible flexibility for each application.”

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