The rise of mobile

The objective of the Open Police platform is to provide all new and prospective information in the format that is right for our users, whatever their device. The new platform that is currently in rollout is the beginning of this process as we aim to improve our digital services.

Here’s a graph showing how the devices people use to visit the website of their Police zone have changed. To be precise, the data is for visits collected across 110 of the 194 Police zones.

Percentages of visits from desktop mobile and tablet

In the first quarter of 2014, 75% of visits have come from a desktop computer, 15% from a mobile and 10% from a tablet. In the first quarter of 2012 it was 95% desktop computer, 3% mobile and 2% tablet.

Shifts in the devices people use to access the internet should come as no surprise, but the pace of change might. And I do not expect this switch away from desktop computers towards more personal, portable, touchscreen devices to slow down anytime soon.