Vodafone connects London Met, extends M-Pesa

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Vodafone has connected the London Metropolitan Police with tablets and bespoke apps, as well as launching the first international money transfer service for its M-Pesa mobile money solution.

The operator launched the trial with the Met last summer, connecting 500 frontline officers with iPad minis and secure apps allowing them to file data while on the move.

Vodafone worked with the police service in order to produce secure apps to protect information. The Met is looking at extending the trial.

Phil Mottram, Enterprise Director from Vodafone UK said: “It is fantastic to see the Met embracing the latest mobile technologies to their full potential. We know that technology can make a huge difference to frontline workers and ultimately to the vital service they deliver to citizens. By partnering with organisations such as the MPS we can support them to identify the right technologies that will really make a difference in delivering greater efficiency while improving frontline policing.”

Meanwhile, the extension of Vodafone's mobile payments service means consumers in two of East Africa's largest economies can make money transfers between countries through more than 180,000 agents.

Michael Joseph, Vodafone Director of Mobile Money, said: “With a substantial unbanked population transacting mainly in cash, the Tanzania-Kenya corridor represents a significant opportunity for M-Pesa to give people and companies an accessible, low-cost alternative to traditional international remittances.”

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