In a joint statement today, the Metropolitan Police and trendy gadget producer Apple announced the release of a specialist law-enforcement, intelligent handset - the iPLOD. Built with a special rubberised casing to improve resilience (and reception) the iPLOD
will bring the Met. into the 21st Century.
At the press briefing, Chief Superintendent Rupert Jackson walked the assembled audience through the key features which convinced the Met that they were onto a winning product. "Apple worked very closely with us to deliver some 'killer apps' targeted at our market. In the current climate, where there are daily threats of cutbacks, we need to deliver more for less. The 1st app in our list was the voice recognition and translation system - iTALK. Working in such a multi-cultural society these days we spend millions on interpreters. Now with iTALK the problem has vanished faster than your wallet in Oxford Street ! The first release of iTALK has over a dozen languages which can be translated (including Geordie and Scouse). Once iTALK has identified the language being spoken Police officers are able to reply into the iPLOD which will convert their words into the local lingo."
Apparently future apps still in development include iSORE, a graffiti writer recognition tool and iCANDY, an adult game to help officers relax at the end of their shift.
Chief Superintendent Jackson admitted that the key success of iPLOD was the free add-on module to iTALK - iGEEK, which converted the techno-speak of the IT department. "We could understand everything they told us 1st time".