U.S. Bureau of Prisons uses M2M tech for two-way communication

Fleet Management Solutions (San Luis Obispo, Calif., U.S.A.), a provider of telematics systems, on Tuesday announced it has been selected by the U.S. Justice Department, Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to equip its fleet vehicles and other mobile assets, with its vehicle tracking and mobile management system.

Fleet Management Solutions (San Luis Obispo, Calif., U.S.A.), a provider of telematics systems, on Tuesday announced it has been selected by the U.S. Justice Department, Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to equip its fleet vehicles and other mobile assets, with its vehicle tracking and mobile management system.

According to Fleet Management Solutions (FMS), its Iridum-based vehicle tracking and mobile resource management system will monitor all BOP’s mobile assets, which must be monitored and tracked 24/7/365.  BOP’s assets must also have no interruptions in 2-way communications and coverage, have specialized security features to ensure the safety of personnel, and have comprehensive data reporting at frequency intervals determined by its operations management.

FMS’ management system utilizes the Iridium (McLean, Va., U.S.A.) satellite network for communications and network services.

The BOP consists of 117 institutions, 6 regional offices, a Central Office (headquarters), 2 staff training facilities, and 22 community corrections offices dispersed across the continental U.S., operating a range of specialty law enforcement and administrative vehicles. 

According to FMS, its system provides BOP with continuous location, direction, speed, and mission critical intelligence, including information combined with vehicle data such as engine activity, idle and stop data durations, all to ensure every asset’s location and status is monitored and known at all of the time, regardless of geography or topography.   

The 2-way text communications via satellite in-cab message terminals provide communication between drivers and dispatch provide.  Indication of an emergency may be communicated via alerts to any text enabled device via the in-cab “panic button” or message display terminal – a mandatory feature required by the BOP, says FMS.  All panic-button messages use the Iridium satellite communication network and are delivered via FMS’s management system in near real-time. 

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