MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Polaris Wireless today announced that it partnered with the Mountain View, California, Police Department (MVPD) 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.
“We are very grateful for the opportunity to pilot Altus blue force tracking for the Mountain View Police Department”
“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.”
About Polaris Wireless
Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., Polaris Wireless is the global leader in providing high- accuracy, software-based wireless location solutions to wireless operators, law enforcement/government agencies and location-based application companies. Since 2003, Polaris Wireless has successfully completed 39 global deployments – 15 for lawful location surveillance and LBS in Asia and EMEA, and 24 to meet FCC E911 Phase II requirements in the US. The company has offices in Dubai, U.A.E., Bangalore, India, Zug, Switzerland, and Santiago, Chile.
Polaris Wireless is the recipient of the prestigious Frost & Sullivan “2011 Enabling Technology of the Year” award and was named to the 2012 Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies, recognizing the company’s accomplishments and leadership in developing location solutions. The company participates in location committees and other groups within the 3GPP and OMA standards setting bodies, and also participates in regulatory and industry bodies related to E911, lawful location surveillance, and location-based services. Polaris Wireless is located at 301 North Whisman Road, Mountain View, CA 94043 USA. For more information about Polaris Wireless, please visit http://www.polariswireless.com.
Locaid is the world’s largest LaaS (Location-as-a-Service) company. Locaid runs “location in the cloud” with the most robust, privacy-protected, Omni-Location™ platform available. Locaid can determine the physical location of your customers, employees or assets, anywhere, instantly. With a footprint that extends to over 4.7 billion connected devices across the globe, including network mobile location on over 400 million mobile devices, Locaid helps enterprises and developers be hyper-local, reduce fraud, increase productivity, gain consumer insight, comply with regulations, drive revenue and save lives. Locaid is the largest and preferred location gateway for the major carriers in the Americas including AT&T, Boost Mobile, Cricket, Rogers, Sprint, TELUS, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon and others. The world’s biggest brands, agencies, financial institutions, software companies, enterprise infrastructure providers, mobile app developers and M2M platforms get location from Locaid. Location Matters™. Locate us at http://www.loc-aid.com, @locaid and www.facebook.com/Locaid.