GPS follows mobile security system
- By Dan Caterinicchia, Dan Caterinicchia
- Mar 27, 2000
The Hauppauge, N.Y., Public School District is testing a new vehicle tracking
and messaging system that could improve communication between supervisors
and their security personnel in the field.
The PageTrack2 system includes a two-way paging feature that enables
security officers to notify their supervisors upon arrival at a location
or after the completion of a task simply by opening their car door.
Developed by Freeport, Texas-based Elite Logistics Services Inc. (www.elitelog.com),
the system compiles a log of each unit's transmissions, which can be used
to monitor an officer's activities as well as any emergency situations.
PageTrack2 is comprised of a Motorola Inc. "tranceiver" and a Global
Positioning System receiver, which are housed in a self-contained 6 inch-by-6
inch black box inside the car. It can track any vehicle either through
the Internet or by phone, and it can also be used to disable vehicle starters
or control door locks and windows.
Hauppauge's school security department provides patrol protection for
the district's 3,500 students. Security Supervisor Edward Spear said he
is excited by the prospect of using technology to make his job easier.
"We use a number of tools to track our staff, and it really works in
their defense to show where they were and why it justified their time at
a certain location," Spear said, adding that his department tested the system
in one security vehicle and recently purchased a second PageTrack2 unit.
Spear said there are typically one or two officers on duty on a 24-hour
basis, and the system has been set up to send in a report every time the
driver's side door of the car is opened.