Sonim and Over-C provide ultra-rugged NFC solution to Met Police marine unit

Metropolitan Police’s Marine Division at 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games trialled Soni’s ultra-rugged, waterproof XP3300 Force device running bespoke GPS and Near Field Communications (NFC) tracking and reporting software from Over-C.

Sonim and Over-C provide ultra-rugged NFC solution to Met Police marine unit

Sonim Technologies, in collaboration with Over-C, deployed its XP3300 NFC rugged mobile phones with the Metropolitan Police's Marine Division over the course of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The opportunity allowed Sonim to provide real-time ultra-rugged, portable fully waterproof devices running bespoke GPS and Near Field Communications (NFC) tracking and reporting software from Over-C.  
Sonim devices provide a GPS position for the vessels and scanning of embarking/disembarking police staff. The encrypted information was sent in real-time over the mobile network to secure servers accessed only by the London 2012 Marine command and control centre. 

The reason for the trial was that the Metropolitan Police operate alongside Kent and Essex Police Marine Units to patrol and secure the 96 mile (154km) length of the River Thames.  But traditional radio based marine tracking technologies can sometimes struggle to deliver accurate positioning for the fleet of 18 vessels on the river. 

The project, headed by the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), and the Security Innovation & Technology Consortium (SITC), was aimed at providing a number of trials in order to showcase new technologies in the security sector alongside the 2012 Olympics. 

Sonim worked with application partner Over-C, which specializes in NFC applications for the cleaning, security guarding and transportation verticals.

The Sonim XP3300 Force with XPand NFC slimline modular expansion pack provides the world's first ultra-rugged NFC mobile phone with a camera and GPS. The XP3300 FORCE is designed especially for workforces in the police, private security, commercial cleaning, transportation and logistics, field equipment maintenance and home visit healthcare industries. The XP3300 with XP and NFC combines indoor tracking by scanning contactless NFC tags placed around the worksite with outdoor tracking using enterprise class GPS. 

The XP3300 FORCE is also the Guinness World Record holder for the toughest phone and has the longest talk time – 20 to 24 hours – of any mobile phone, or 800 hours of standby time. The XPand NFC module is equally robust and power-efficient with the industry's longest battery life for NFC operations. 

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