It’s been a frustrating ride for the four mobile data terminal units that were expected to be installed in Corry’s police vehicles almost a year ago.

The four MDTs, which are similar to laptop computers with keyboards and screens, were purchased by the city with state grant funds last October. But since that time, the computers have been on the shelf because of they would not communicate properly with the Erie County 911 Center.

“It’s been frustrating,” said Corry Mayor Scott Sanford, who oversees Corry City Police. “It seemed like every time the county tried to implement them, nothing happened.”

The city’s long-awaited MDT project now seems to be moving out of “park” and into “drive,” as county safety officials and the manufacturer of the computers appear to have solved the communication glitch.

Sanford said officials recently gathered in Corry, installed one of the units into a police vehicle and successfully completed a battery of communication tests with the county.

“We successfully talked with the 911 Center and listened to them,” Sanford said.

While the MDTs are not yet installed in Corry’s police vehicles, Sanford is hopeful they can be up and running in a short time. Now that one computer is functioning properly, the county and the manufacturer are working to fine-tune the other three units, Sanford said.

“Finally, we’re on the short side of this rather than the long side,” he told Corry City Council at Tuesday’s public work session.

See Thursday, October 13, 2011 issue of The Journal for complete story.

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