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BART police officers to obtain mobile access to emergency situation data


Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) police officers soon will gain faster access to information about emergency situations. The agency plans to install MapInfo Corp.’s location-based technology on wireless computers inside patrol cars and BlackBerry® handheld devices.

The technology will be integrated with BART’s dispatch system to help officers pinpoint the location of an emergency and determine the emergency’s impact on a surrounding neighborhood. MapInfo provides digital photos showing emergency exits for underground tracks or stations, and locations and telephone numbers for nearby jails, hospitals and other institutions.