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New Zealand police choose iOS over Android in tech push, to distribute 10,000 iPhones and iPads

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The New Zealand police department will be rolling out 10,000 iOS devices to frontline officers within the next few months as part of a new technology overhaul, with the force opting to go with Apple's iPhones and iPads after testing a rage of platforms.

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New Zealand Police Commissioner Peter Marshall (center) seen with two officers during the trial period. | Source: The National Business Review


In an announcement on Wednesday, Prime Minister John Key and Police Minister Anne Tolley said 6,000 frontline police will be receiving an iPhone as part of the initiative, 3,900 of whom will also get an iPad, reports New Zealand publication The National Business Review. The move to Apple's iOS comes as the department shifts communications providers from Telecom to Vodafone.

Police will spend NZ$4.3 million, or about US$3.65 million, to roll out the program over a three month period, while total funding will cost NZ$159 million, or about US$134.7 million, over the next ten years. The investment is said to bring in productivity benefits of NZ$305 million, roughly US$258.5 million, during the ten-year span.

According to New Zealand Police Chief Information Officer Stephen Crombie, the decision to go with iOS instead of Google's Android or BlackBerry was the result of an 11-month trial period involving 100 officers.

"The trial showed the most useful tools for officers were small personal devices for making phone calls or text messaging, accessing email, and accessing information and photo databases, and a larger such as a laptop or tablet for staff who need to do more data entry," Crombie said. "Based on frontline officer feedback from the trial the preferred devices are the iPhone as smartphone and iPad for the tablet. The approach used to develop the applications means Police can move to other devices with relative ease as technology changes."

Wednesday's news comes on the heels of a recent report that noted Australia's Treasury Department will be moving to iOS from BlackBerry. An increasing number of government bodies and enterprise customers are making the switch to Apple's platform, including U.S. agencies like NASA, NOAA, and the TSA.
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Simply music to my ears. Love anything that will get those whiny fandroids tight-whities in a wedgie.

The stability, security, and ease-of-use of iOS, coupled by the quality of its hardware is a combo that no Android trash can match.
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As a kiwi with a close relative who is a long time police officer - this comes as somewhat of a shock.

Really - entrenched in Windows they were.

An enlightened soul somewhere there.

Go Apple.

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Apple can't win with all these bad news. Sell! /s
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Good news. An Apple a day keep the Android away :D

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Poor old Microsoft and BlackBerry. Enterprise and Government are important customers to them and they're losing them one by one.
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Apple's iPhones and iPads after testing a rage of platforms.

A rage of platforms eh, well someone, somewhere will be in a rage I suppose.
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Simply music to my ears. Love anything that will get those whiny fandroids tight-whities in a wedgie.

The stability, security, and ease-of-use of iOS, coupled by the quality of its hardware is a combo that no Android trash can match.
 

It's also the plethora of third party hardware and software.


I think once Apple's snowball effect happens, I think we're going to hear more and more Apple deployments over the next couple of years from the Corporate, Educational, and Government sectors.  Which is where Apple needs to attract a BIG account base.

 

I think Android is just for kids that like to hack their OS and not actually spend money on apps/content/third party hardware.

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Great news!

 

It's too bad that we can't see the internal results from their test, if there were any details or score being kept at all. I bet that Android must have sucked so badly, and this wasn't even a close race. iOS is obviously the best mobile OS out there, and Apple also has the best hardware to go along with the best OS. It's a no brainer. 

 

It's no coincidence that we're constantly reading about more and more big companies and organizations choosing Apple, and more and more of them are coming to the same conclusion, and that conclusion doesn't involve a dumb looking green robot.

 

Public safety is on the line! LIves are at stake! They don't have time to be messing around with any Android crap.

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According to New Zealand Police Chief Information Officer Stephen Crombie, the decision to go with iOS instead of Google's Android or BlackBerry was the result of an 11-month trial period involving 100 officers.

That's a pretty thorough test. Odd results though, don't they know most people want bigger phones like the Galaxy S3?
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The only thing I worry about is the switch in telcos from Telecom to Vodafone. NZ Police will notice a massive reduction in coverage. I feel sorry for rural NZ.

This is a big win for Apple however they might have little to do with it. (apart from making a great product) I suspect Vodafone are selling the hardware at a loss and making it up it in the service and support contract. Or just running the whole thing at a loss because this is a massive win for them to beat Telecom/Partners who normally win most govt contracts.
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Again somebody broke their Windows dependancy and are moving forward with reliability, stability, and platform compatibility .  Congratulation  Apple !

 

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We all know the rationale for this choice - the lazy cops want to use the excuse of "Sorry we got here late, mate. But iOS maps steered us in the wrong direction and we ended up in the donut store instead."

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Again somebody broke their Windows dependancy and are moving forward with reliability, stability, and platform compatibility .  Congratulation  Apple !

 

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While you are editing, how about removing the extra spaces as well as changing "are" to "is"?

 

Just sayin' ...

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The only thing I worry about is the switch in telcos from Telecom to Vodafone. NZ Police will notice a massive reduction in coverage. I feel sorry for rural NZ.

This is a big win for Apple however they might have little to do with it. (apart from making a great product) I suspect Vodafone are selling the hardware at a loss and making it up it in the service and support contract. Or just running the whole thing at a loss because this is a massive win for them to beat Telecom/Partners who normally win most govt contracts.

I also suspect that you have no valid information to base this comment on. Are you an analyst in training?

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Guess the maps are better in NZ that AUS? Sorry, had to say it
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Yet another company that actually spent time to do an in-depth comparison between iOS and Android and end up choosing iOS.

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Yet another company that actually spent time to do an in-depth comparison between iOS and Android and end up choosing iOS.

 

Let's just hope that none of these police iPhones get lost and fall into criminal hands, or that Apple plugs the iOS security hole before they get issued.

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Simply music to my ears. Love anything that will get those whiny fandroids tight-whities in a wedgie.

The stability, security, and ease-of-use of iOS, coupled by the quality of its hardware is a combo that no Android trash can match.
 

 

Now, now...

 

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Yet another company that actually spent time to do an in-depth comparison between iOS and Android and end up choosing iOS.

Of course. So the stock is down again this morning.
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Let's just hope that none of these police iPhones get lost and fall into criminal hands, or that Apple plugs the iOS security hole before they get issued.

 

It would be worse. They could have acquired GS3's which automatically quit after 150 days when the NAND Flash goes bad. Or you visit a website and your phone gets reset to factory defaults.

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It would be worse. They could have acquired GS3's which automatically quit after 150 days when the NAND Flash goes bad. Or you visit a website and your phone gets reset to factory defaults.

 

Unlikely, considering that Samsung already patched those issues.

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Unlikely, considering that Samsung already patched those issues.

 

And Apple will patch this issue. Not sure what point you're trying to make except convince people you're another useless troll.

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Only slightly off-topic: AI's working on another IDC article on 2012's Android/iOS marketshare. Should keep the forum comments flowing for a couple of days1hmm.gif  (Hint: iOS and Android controlled over 90% of the handset market in the 4th quarter. I'll let AI beak it down by OS tho)

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Good morning Tallest Skil. Sleep well?

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Nope. When my posts start disappearing around this time of day it usually means he/she/it is awake.

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Interesting choice, though I'm not sure how they're going to keep them dry all day...

 

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Poor old Microsoft and BlackBerry. Enterprise and Government are important customers to them and they're losing them one by one.

 

Well, perhaps at the lower levels; my antedotal observations is any iOS device operated in a 'secure' enviroment is neutered if allowed at all(most major defence contractors do not allow iOS devices. Granted they do some evaluation demo's etc).   

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I was working in Parliament when the original iPad came out and a couple of the ministers imported them. They wanted me to set them up on the Exchange server but I politely said I couldn't "officially" but I then gave them the required details.

There was an article in the Dominion Post about how ministers were angry that they couldn't use their iPads because Parliamentary Services claimed they were less secure than BlackBerries despite the fact studies already published showed they were on par or slightly more secure.

Glad they got that sorted eh. :-)
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The only thing I worry about is the switch in telcos from Telecom to Vodafone. NZ Police will notice a massive reduction in coverage. I feel sorry for rural NZ.

This is a big win for Apple however they might have little to do with it. (apart from making a great product) I suspect Vodafone are selling the hardware at a loss and making it up it in the service and support contract. Or just running the whole thing at a loss because this is a massive win for them to beat Telecom/Partners who normally win most govt contracts.
Actually, having been on Vodafone since they were BellSouth I would have to say that I often find the complete opposite.

Telecom's service is bad. When Telecom and Vodafone are in the same areas I find Vodafone out performs. I have Vodafone for my personal phone and Telecom for my work phone.

Telecom does however have more towers but this will change because Vodafone is rolling out the rural side of the UFB (Ultra Fast Broadband). It won't affect police too much because they have radios as their primary source of communication.
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Now, now...

 

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Yet another company that actually spent time to do an in-depth comparison between iOS and Android and end up choosing iOS.

Yet another company living of tax payers money who needs the spend their budget to the last cent in order not to get budget reduction next year.

It seems they've finished replacing their Holdens recently - I haven't seen older models on streets for a while, not in Auckland at least - so new expense must be invented.

In two years time, they will do it again. With different platform.

But I feel so much safer now. /s
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Actually, having been on Vodafone since they were BellSouth I would have to say that I often find the complete opposite.

Telecom's service is bad. When Telecom and Vodafone are in the same areas I find Vodafone out performs. I have Vodafone for my personal phone and Telecom for my work phone.

Telecom does however have more towers but this will change because Vodafone is rolling out the rural side of the UFB (Ultra Fast Broadband). It won't affect police too much because they have radios as their primary source of communication.

I'd say they are both pretty much on par, but it can depend a lot what phone you use for either.

Both my phones - work and personal - are on Vodafone, so I can compare. In Glenfield mall, for example, there are two spots where my 3Gs will have no service at all. I'd normally blame it on Vodafone, except that my (otherwise crappy) Nokia E5 seems to be doing nice, showing strong signal and all that.

I did notice quite a number of posts around forums, from people claiming they moved from V to T recently and could not be happier about that, but it is always hard to estimate, but it is always hard to estimate how large (and how vocal) group actually is...
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I also suspect that you have no valid information to base this comment on. Are you an analyst in training?

My comment was pure speculation. I do not know what you are infering by the comment about me being an analyst in training? An analyst in what?

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Actually, having been on Vodafone since they were BellSouth I would have to say that I often find the complete opposite.

Telecom's service is bad. When Telecom and Vodafone are in the same areas I find Vodafone out performs. I have Vodafone for my personal phone and Telecom for my work phone.

Telecom does however have more towers but this will change because Vodafone is rolling out the rural side of the UFB (Ultra Fast Broadband). It won't affect police too much because they have radios as their primary source of communication.

 

When I'm in the middle of the Tararuas tramping or out at castle point chilling the only the network I can pick up is telecom. I fail to see how UFB will assist police with cell coverage? Performance wise it has already been proven that Telecom's speed and coverage is far superior see various speed test videos uploaded on youtube; unfortunatly I don't like Telecom. Personally I'm with TelstraClear (package deal because they offer cable) who biggy back Vodafone's cell network and the service/speed is absolute rubbish.

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Tassie cops tried it, but the senior management got too nervous and dropped the ball - too much change for old Police. This could have been you three years ago TASMANIA..... Apple does work, it can succeed !!! You were all so short sighted....You had to follow the government sheep. You don't deserve iPhones and iPads they are too good for you. Windows mobile 6.5 still looking good now for IT people who love Windows and sabotaged IOS ?? Hit yourself over the head with a few bones and go back to sleep, 2001 hasn't arrived in 2012 for you. Hows that personal shopper in Exec support ? - Still anon blogging about how "Apple will never work"....?

Congratulations NZ - You are a shining example !!! - Im put to shame for being born in Tasmania.
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When I'm in the middle of the Tararuas tramping or out at castle point chilling the only the network I can pick up is telecom. I fail to see how UFB will assist police with cell coverage? Performance wise it has already been proven that Telecom's speed and coverage is far superior see various speed test videos uploaded on youtube; unfortunatly I don't like Telecom. Personally I'm with TelstraClear (package deal because they offer cable) who biggy back Vodafone's cell network and the service/speed is absolute rubbish.

Remembering of course that Vodafone owns TC

Vodafone are upgrading their sites to DC at the moment, so depending on your phone it will get faster shortly.

But trying to compare national wide coverage to one location is not a great example, both Telecom and Vodafone both claim 97% population coverage, I can find tonnes of places I get no Telecom coverage, but can get 2Degrees or Vodafone.
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