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SMART phones could be used by police officers to solve crimes faster and more cheaply, according to research from the University of Portsmouth.

Dr Mohamed Gaber, of the university's School of Computing, said phones could collate evidence from crime scenes.

He said: 'Imagine police officers equipped with smart phones that can capture all the sensory information in a crime scene such as fingerprints and digital images. All the data could be analysed locally and the results could be fused together in real-time to give them some insights and knowledge.'

He said mobile phones could also be used to monitor people's health more quickly and cheaply, such as blood pressure and body temperature.