Vauxhall targets police fleets with custom Astra featuring integrated Toughbook
The custom Astra was launched last week at Millbrook, and is primarily aimed at those in the police service.
Dick Ellam, Vauxhall special vehicles manager, said: 'The Astra has long-since been a trusted model within the police, which is why we have opted to make this feature available. Toughbook rugged mobile computers are already in use by several police services across the country, and are proving to be a revolutionary resource to police; at a time when spending cuts are rife, a device that enables the force to save time and money will be invaluable.'
The Toughbook CF-19 rotating screen, convertible notebook is aimed at field-based professionals and uses WiFi and 3G broadband to enable users to share information rapidly with staff back at the main office.
Mr Ellam added: 'The Toughbook enables the police force to operate a mobile office system. Before, built-in Toughbook systems were available, an officer would have to spend about a third of his or her time in the office.'
The Toughbook fits into a docking station, which is mounted in the glove box of the Astra. It can be easily removed and this allows the laptop screen to be viewed in both upright and downward positions. When out on the road, officers can use it to access the same systems that are available in the office, so they can be alerted to incidents as soon as they are reported, and can therefore respond in the quickest time possible. The Toughbook is linked to an 8.4-inch high resolution touch screen positioned in the Astra dashboard.