S.C. agencies set to test wearable PCs

A dozen public-safety agencies in the Charleston, S.C., metropolitan area will begin testing wearable computers this spring.

Under a $700,000 contract with Xybernaut Corp. of Fairfax, Va., 24 workers from police, fire, emergency medical departments and the sheriff's office will strap Mobile Assistant V portable PCs to their waists for yearlong exercises.

By mid-April, Xybernaut will deliver the systems loaded with first-response software from Tactical Survey Group Inc. of Crestline, Calif., to the federal center that is overseeing the pilot.

The National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, part of the National Institute of Justice's Office of Science and Technology, will distribute the PCs to the agencies.

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