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Tracking device protects police during large concert

Polaris Wireless : 10 October, 2013  (Application Story)
Police in California have adopted a personal protection system from Polaris Wireless to track and monitor officers during large gatherings
Tracking device protects police during large concert

Polaris Wireless has partnered with the Mountain View Police Department (MVPD) in California to pilot the company’s Altus blue force tracking application to augment police safety measures at a recent area concert. Altus was used to locate and track over twenty uniformed and plain-clothes police officers during the two-day concert, during which the MVPD conducted approximately 100 arrests. During this pilot deployment, some officers were equipped with department-provided mobile phones, which were monitored using Polaris Wireless Altus from a command post set up in the event grounds.  

“In an ongoing effort to ensure the safety of the citizens of Mountain View, we continually seek out industry-leading technology that enables us to do our jobs more safely and efficiently,” said Lieutenant Chris Hsiung of the Mountain View Police Department. “The power of the Polaris Wireless Altus application to locate officers via mobile devices presents us with many exciting opportunities.”

Altus blue force tracking provides police departments and other law enforcement organizations with the ability to track police and other field officers (such as firefighters and emergency medical services (EMS) technicians), specifically when they are out of reach of their patrol vehicles, which typically contain separate location and tracking capabilities. San Francisco-based Locaid, the world’s largest LaaS (Location-as-a-Service) company, provided the officers’ location information, which was then displayed on the Altus tracking application. As a result, MVPD commanders were able to track officers’ movements during the concert. Altus provides a more efficient and less obvious way of tracking an officer’s location than traditional 2-way radio and verbal alerts.

“We are very grateful for the opportunity to pilot Altus blue force tracking for the Mountain View Police Department,” said Don Weigel, Executive Director of Product Management for Polaris Wireless. “By providing an innovative approach to locate and track officers, Polaris Wireless Altus is ensuring that cutting-edge technology is put to use to increase the capabilities and effectiveness of public safety organizations.”

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