User friendly system
This new mobile technology solution allows more accurate data and information management by users, as the PDAs enable fast data entry and access to various tools and information. Users no longer have to carry bulky forms for fines and street maps. An added benefit is that the PDA software reduces the risk of errors in issuing fines as items such as street names are selected from drop-down menus, preventing the user from mis-typing or misspelling details
The new system also complies with new local legislation which came into effect in July 2006. It allows additional information to be added to the fine such as the loss of license or penalty points
Flexible payment options
Offenders are now given the option to immediately pay the fine with the new solution. This is because of a credit card reading cability that transfers the information via Bluetooth® to the PDA and completes the transaction via GPRS. The receipt is then printed by the Zebra RW 420 mobile printer and signed by the offender. This acts as the actual fine whilst including information on the credit card, validating the transaction.
The solution is based on the latest mobile printing and communications technology with features such as on-line access to the back-office fines system from the street via a GSM/GPRS network.
The PDA terminal is equipped with a digital camera to allow photographic evidence of offences to be recorded, and full communication options with Bluetooth, WI-FI and GSM/GPRS network access. The selection criteria which resulted in the Zebra RW 420 mobile printer being selected was due to its ruggedness, long life battery performance and Bluetooth communication enabling wireless communication between the printer and the PDA. A key feature in this application was the magnetic card and smart card (digital) reader capability offered by the printer which allowed agents to securely log into the system and accept credit card payments.