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Vodafone chosen as mobile partner of New Zealand Police

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By John Glenday, Reporter

March 8, 2013 | 2 min read

Vodafone has been named as mobile partner of the New Zealand Police in a 10 year communications deal valued at NZ$159m over the full term.

This will see the mobile giant supply customised mobile services and smartphones to the service, allowing officers to securely access information about suspects, vehicles and locations whilst on patrol.

Vodafone calculates that the technology will gain 30 minutes of productivity per shift for frontline staff members which will be reinvested in preventative policing activities.

New Zealand police commissioner Peter Marshall said: "We believe greater use of modern technology is the way of the future; it's common sense, and will ensure officers can remain on the frontline rather than returning to stations to complete paperwork."

Vodafone New Zealand CEO Russell Stanners said: "We are pleased to be partnering with New Zealand Police to help them realise their mobility goals. Vodafone invests over $100 million a year in our network in New Zealand and this year's investment programme, focused on delivering speeds up to twice as fast through 42Mb/s technology, means our customers - including Police - can do what they need to do, faster with the latest technology. This will deliver an outcome that directly benefits the security and safety of New Zealand communities."

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