Windows 8 prototype app used to control police car

Being a police officer is a serious and tough job. They have to deal with a lot of different people every day, many of whom are not happy to see them. Now a company called Modularis is working on a software project that uses both Windows Azure and Windows 8 from Microsoft to help the police out, at least in terms of their police car.

GeekWire reports that during a recent visit to Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Washington, they got a demonstration of Modularis' product. The in-car system allows officers to speak commands into a device. Voice recognition software is used to accomplish things such as turning on the lights and siren in the car or opening a rear door.

What's even cooler is the prototype Windows 8 app that was shown on a touch screen tablet. The app, which is used in combination with Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud service, can be used to monitor a number of police cars on one app. It can also be used as another remote control to turn on lights and open doors by just touching the app's UI.

While the Windows 8 app can't actually drive the police car remotely, you can bet that's something that Modularis is thinking about for future versions of the software.

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Simon- said,
Is Azure certified for police use? What happens when the car is in a network black spot?

The car becomes self-aware, activates its stealth technologies and hunts down the people who designed it.

AmazingRando said,
To enable Light & Siren mode, click on Start ...

oh wait.

We removed the handles and buttons, so to open or close your car's windows or doors, you'll need to touch some invisible locations on your steering wheel...

While this may seem new, major public safety suppliers have had products exactly like this out for years - control lights, siren, radar, etc. directly from the car laptop/MDT.

giantpotato said,
I could see this working nicely for home automation.

I agree, even being able to check up on your home when you're away on vacation and be able to control things to make it seem like you're home when you're not.

This is truly amazing, I've never seen this done before on any device - surely groundbreaking use of technology.

...and the use of that software is....? To turn on the lights and sirens which they can already do with a button on the dashboard and to open the door?! Seriously?!

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
...and the use of that software is....? To turn on the lights and sirens which they can already do with a button on the dashboard and to open the door?! Seriously?!

hey fan boy.... didn't you hear them mention cloud. And yes seriously metro is doing it...

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
...and the use of that software is....? To turn on the lights and sirens which they can already do with a button on the dashboard and to open the door?! Seriously?!

Its just an example. there are infinite possibilities of what they can do with it. I am pretty sure they will be shown off some day.

PsYcHoKiLLa said,
...and the use of that software is....? To turn on the lights and sirens which they can already do with a button on the dashboard and to open the door?! Seriously?!

They said that the software is completely integrated with the system, including lights, siren, brakes, radar systems, cameras... they are just showing us how they can have a little fun with the siren.

The first good sign that business community will be using windows 8 tablets, MS will own this area of the tablet market.

rruffman said,
The first good sign that business community will be using windows 8 tablets, MS will own this area of the tablet market.

That sounds like a total fanboy statement.

What we see here is a reimagined, seamless, completely integrated and connected mobile experience based on cloud technology, allowing for remote control, and utilizing touch-first tablet devices, taking advantage of .Net and WinRT resulting in an immersive, fast and fluid and beautiful user interface...

Edited by xendrome, Mar 16 2012, 6:10pm :