HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania State Police are completing the final phase of the agency's Initial Mobile Office (IMO) project, which will equip almost 1,200 agency vehicles with mobile data terminals and wireless mobile data software.

This latest phase will enable the state police to deploy wireless mobile data terminals and software in approximately 630 vehicles. This $6.9 million system addition follows a limited rollout of the project in south central and southeastern Pennsylvania, which was completed last year. The mobile data terminals and software will provide troopers a broad range of data communications capabilities right from their vehicles in the field.

The IMO project is part of the state's new Criminal Investigative/Traffic Safety Incident Information Management System (IIMS) initiated in 1999 by then Governor Tom Ridge. The mobile data solution is a collaborative effort between Motorola and the state police IIMS Mobile Office Team. This process included the design of the screen and keyboard mounts and the inclusion of an on-screen keyboard using touch screen capabilities.