Does NYPD really use Android smartphones?
Hi, I'd like to know more about those new Android smartphones, that NYPD uses to gather data about suspects in the field. How do they work, and what are the means of protection, because data stored there is really sensitive. Many thanks in advance!
Hi there, Nick!
Yep, there were a pilot program, thanks to which NYPD's got new Android-based smartphones, to gather all the necessary information fro the officer in the field. A special app, that police officers use is able to access the info on recent warrants, arrests and incident records, etc. They are also able to get reports on all the CCTV cams in the area. As you can see, smartphone is able to give the necessary data much faster, than a laptop. But with all those benefits, that is still a smartphone, with all its vulnerabilities.
We have to mention that NYPD has a couple of protective measures, to make sure that closed data stored on the smartphone remains closed. First of all, the device has no data in it, it accesses NYPD servers remotely and grabs the data from there. Also, those smartphones cannot make or receive calls, to make sure that it won't be affected by the SMS flood attack. Also, no one is able to install any kind of applications on that smartphone, in that case we may be sure that any kind of Android virus steals data from there.
Another reason for disabling GSM module – is avoiding cell tower triangulation, so a police officer won't be tracked in any way. Also, evildoer won't be able to use a mobile phone blocker to cut the officer from the server, because it uses other kinds of communications. We can tell that those smartphones are really safe and they will be a great asset to the NYPD.
Thanks for your question, I hope, I've managed to help.