Samsung partners with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; debuts smartphone solutions for situational awareness, mission-essential functions

Samsung Electronics announced Monday that it is partnering with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Enterprise Information Services (EIS) division to develop a new mobile solution that supplements existing public safety communication systems. The custom solution will include an Agent Alert messaging system exclusively for CDCR law enforcement personnel to communicate with Command Central, and an SOS application function for supporting them if they are caught in an adverse situation.

Samsung and EIS, CDCR’s technology team, will also soon deploy a customized SOS application, which allows personnel to communicate critical situational information to Command Central when encountering adverse events.

When the alert button on the customized device is pressed, Command Central can assess the information provided, and quickly dispatch the appropriate help to the location based on type of incident and level of threat. The solution facilitates ongoing communication between dispatched personnel by text.

Customized with Samsung Knox Configure for Samsung Galaxy smartphones, Agent Alert is a secure messaging app that can be initiated from the Galaxy smartphone or a single web console to allow central command to distribute both critical and non-emergency messages to anyone within the department as needed.

By moving this critical communications functionality away from computer-aided dispatch (CAD), CDCR is helping to ensure consistent communications among its teams.

“Communications among first responders and agents in the field, which still rely in many parts of the United States on outdated technology, are ripe for transformation,” said Reginald Jones, U.S. Head of Public Safety, Samsung Electronics. “The solution CDCR is deploying leverages the latest in mobile technology to ensure real-time awareness and secure communications around high risk situations. It’s an important step towards this overall transformation and modernization of public safety communications, which Samsung is committed to helping achieve.”

All Samsung Galaxy devices come equipped with defense-grade security platform Samsung Knox so agents can ensure mission-sensitive data is protected, whether they are at their desk or out in the field.


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