Monday 14 October 2019

Samsung in talks with An Garda Siochana to supply entire force with new handsets

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Michael Cogley

Samsung Electronics has entered into discussions with An Garda Siochana to supply the entire force with new handsets which will double as their personal computers.

The devices operate on a secure system known as "DeX", which transforms a smartphone into a powerful desktop computer. Samsung is hoping to reach a similar agreement with the gardai to its arrangement with the UK Home Office where more than half of the police force only use Samsung devices.

In an interview with the Sunday Independent, Samsung's recently-appointed vice president for the UK and Ireland, Conor Pierce, said: "I think we can be confident that we have the best security, military grade. With that confidence we are now engaged with the gardai and other emergency services in Ireland to try and roll that out." Negotiations with the gardai and Samsung remain at an "early stage".

Pierce also said that he is in talks with the country's major networks to bring 4G technology to smartwatches, a service that is available to customers in the UK and the US.

Conor Pierce, Corporate Vice President Samsung UK and Ireland. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Conor Pierce, Corporate Vice President Samsung UK and Ireland. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The Dublin native said that the service will arrive in Ireland "within the year". Samsung employs 55 people at its head office in south county Dublin with further hires expected this year.

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