RNC 2012
RNC 2012

The GUARDIAN RFID Corrections System in partnership with the Hillsborough Co. Sheriff’s Office in Tampa, Fla., unveiled the first-ever radio-frequency identification (RFID) Arrestee Management System to accelerate the speed and accuracy with which arrestees are captured, identified, and managed from the point of arrest to release.

The Arrestee Management System was developed in preparation for the Republican National Convention (RNC), Aug. 27-30, 2012. The Hillsborough Co. Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with the Tampa Police Department, deployed the system throughout the city. The Arrestee Management System went to work as soon as law enforcement fitted a suspect with an RFID wristband. Using a rugged mobile computer equipped with an integrated RFID reader and digital camera, deputies quickly captured a wide range of data about each suspect, including a photograph, personal demographic and arresting information, property information, and more. All individual data, including transport activities, welfare checks and detainee requests, automatically synchronized in real time and made instantly accessible via web-based software so that command staff could securely monitor operational performance from any location on any device at any time.

“As host city to the Republican National Convention, we recognized the unique challenges our office faced securing and processing individuals arrested during the convention,” said Colonel James Previtera, Department of Detention Services, Hillsborough Co. Sheriff’s Office. “The Arrestee Management System is a powerful example of how technology can assist our deputies, law enforcement partners, and suspects to ensure that the entire custody process was fast, safe and well-coordinated from start to finish.”

The Arrestee Management System was developed in direct response to past logistical and legal challenges posed by suspects captured during political conventions and large, public events. During the 2004 RNC in New York City, more than 1,800 people were arrested with more than $8.2 million spent in legal costs. In 2008, over more than individuals were arrested during the RNC in host city St. Paul, Minn.

“The Arrestee Management System collects a substantial amount of legally defensible data that helps protect both detainees and participating law enforcement agencies,” said Ken Dalley Jr., president, Codex Corp., maker of GUARDIAN RFID. “The powerful combination of RFID, mobile, and cloud computing technologies streamlines the processing and organization of mass arrests and ensures that protocol is followed, keeping data accessible for real-time analysis and post-event accountability.”

Built upon the GUARDIAN RFID Corrections System, the RFID Inmate Management System used by detention facilities throughout the U.S., the patent-pending Arrestee Management System has numerous unique features, including the ability to:

  • Automatically create a new arrest record by scanning or reading an RFID wristband, and capture an image of each suspect via a rugged mobile computer for visual identification at the point of arrest
  • Identify the geographic location in which each suspect is arrested via pre-programmed locations or GPS coordinates
  • Rapidly tag the suspect’s property with dual RFID and barcode labels for auto identification
  • Automatically assign suspects to transport vehicles and quickly set the vehicle’s destination
  • Alert system users whenever suspects in custody have had no documented activities within a pre-defined amount of time to avoid prolonged idle time and to accurately account for each suspect while in custody
  • Securely access real-time operational data and historical information via a Web-based application powered by Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services
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