Imaging Technology Used in HP Palmtop Helps Out in Oklahoma City Tragedy

By Rich Hall

The tragic bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19 made us all more aware of the fact that individual pain and suffering are the inevitable offsprings of hatred and violence. But the Oklahoma City tragedy also showed a better side of mankind.

Volunteers worked tirelessly, around the clock, rescuing survivors and recovering the bodies of those less fortunate. Expressions of sympathy and donations poured in from all over the United States and around the world. Businesses donated material and resources to the victims families, to the rescue efforts, and to law enforcement agencies.

Data Critical Corporation, an Oklahoma City based small business, teamed up with Hewlett-Packard and PageNet to help a number of law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation of the bombing. Data Critical Corporation and HP developed the technology used in the HP PalmVue System described in this issue.

Palmtop Helps Identify Bombing Suspects: Graphic

 Although the HP PalmVue System applies to health care, the basic Graphic technology can be applied to the transmission of any critical data or graphics. So, for example, word processing documents, spreadsheets, and other data files can be encrypted, compressed and sent via existing alphanumeric paging networks or private paging transmitters. In addition, the technology can be used to send graphical images to remote locations via paging networks. HP's PalmVue System uses this capability to send medical waveforms. The same technology can be used by law enforcement agencies to send mug shots, pictures of missing persons, diagrams, and other graphical images to agents in the field, transmissions are encrypted for security.

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