Information Systems Wing (ISW) launched a brand new Force instant messaging application “P-Chat” on March 9, which provides a secure and convenient internal communication platform for Force Smart Device users, so as to enhance work efficiency and interaction among colleagues.
The basic function of P-chat, such as sending encrypted messages, photos, videos and documents, can assist frontline officers to relay conditions of the scene of incidents, thus facilitating situational awareness.
“The basic features of P-chat are similar to that of other messaging applications in the market. Users can send and receive text and audio messages, sketches, images, documents up to restricted level and videos up to 30 seconds. In addition, chat group administrators can make specific security settings for each chat group to meet different needs,” said Chief Inspector Lo Pui-yan of Business Services Division of ISW.
“To ensure information security, some restrictions are pre-set with P-Chat at this stage, but they could be adjusted in future to fit in with other applications,” said Yuen Chi-chung, Systems Manager of ISW.
P-Chat was automatically installed on all Force Smart Devices on March 9 to replace the HKP Message application. Force Smart Devices will be distributed in phases to officers of selected Formations, with P-Chat pre-installed. Users are only required to input their username and password of Departmental Portal to log in to the application.
ISW is working closely with various Formations to develop other mobile applications, so as to enhance law enforcement efficiency by utilising technology in response to the Force’s Strategic Direction of “Embracing the use of technology for policing in the digital age”.
For details of P-chat, please browse the ISW’s Smart Device website on Police Intranet.