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April 2004
Management Services;Apr2004, Vol. 48 Issue 4, p5
Academic Journal
The article presents an update on issues and topics related to technology as of April 2004. The Staffordshire, England police force has rolled out secure mobile technology to its officers in a bid to increase the efficiency and number of police on the streets. The trial, involving 60 officers, uses a ruggedized wireless personal digital assistant to access data on criminals and conduct vehicle checks. The aim of the project is to increase the time spent on fighting crime and allow officers to complete paperwork online without returning to the station. The force is hoping to have the system rolled out to all 2,000 of its officers by the end of 2004. The general packet radio service (GPRS) network had been especially certified by Orange as being secure for government usage and in a demonstration a vehicle check ran over the GPRS network in around two seconds. Meanwhile U.S. homes are being run like businesses according to the State of the Home survey from Whirlpool Home Appliances. With more women in the workforce than ever before, homes are being run with the help of computer scheduling and basic business techniques focused on activities like delegation, prioritization and task completion. According to Whirlpool's survey of 1,000 women 95% of moms delegate household tasks to other family members; Nearly 40% say they run their home like a business; Whilst almost two out of three (61%) rank themselves as very efficient in managing their homes. More than half (58%) say they keep to-do lists at home for themselves and family members.


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