In May 2009, the Applications Prototype Lab published a web application called “Police Dispatcher”. The application simulated a police dispatch system with real time incidents and the tracking of police vehicles. The application was built using Silverlight 2 and the ArcGIS API for Silverlight.
The police dispatcher demonstration was recently ported to the Microsoft Surface as a Surface application. Surface applications are similar to standard WPF application except that they target the Surface hardware and include references to a few extra libraries. The transition was relatively trivial, for example, the application references the ArcGIS API for WPF rather than the ArcGIS API for Silverlight.