Panasonic technology receives ESN accreditation


Panasonic’s Toughbook 33 rugged notebook is the first Microsoft Windows device to be authorised for use on the Emergency Services Network.

Panasonic technology receives ESN accreditation
Panasonic technology receives ESN accreditation
According to the company, existing Toughbook 33s can also be upgraded for use on the network at no extra cost to user organisations. The device is already being used in a public safety context, with emergency services deploying it as a mobile data terminal. 
Speaking of the accreditation, a spokesperson for Panasonic said: “ESN will transform emergency services’ mobile working. It will create a single platform for sharing data and imagery, and enable faster adoption of successful mobile applications.”
ESN programme deputy director Steve Whatson said: “I am very pleased to see this portable device approved for use on ESN. The fact that existing devices can be upgraded at no extra cost is a major plus, and demonstrates the ability to use commercial off-the-shelf devices on [the network].”
The broadband-based Emergency Services Network will replace Airwave, which is the TETRA solution currently being used by emergency services across the UK. Other accredited technology manufacturers include Samsung (handheld devices), and control room manufacturer APD.


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