UK: Airbus Airbus Defence and Space has been contracted to provide a sophisticated mapping and monitoring service for the UK Ministry of Justice’s (MOJ) new Electronic Monitoring programme, supporting the UK government’s objective to reduce re-offending rates and better protect the public by monitoring the movement of offenders released under licence. As part of a 3-year contract, Airbus Defence and Space based in Farnborough, UK, will provide critical location intelligence for sophisticated monitoring. Airbus Defence and Space’s technology fulfils MOJ requirements for driving out service costs in a programme designed to revolutionise the way offenders are managed in the community. “Using logic rules to monitor subject behaviour and advanced positioning technologies, Airbus Defence and Space transmits alerts to monitoring centres, thereby helping to reduce re-offending rates and offering greater reassurance and protection for the public”, said Phil Brownnett, UK Managing Director of Airbus Defence and Space’s Geo-Intelligence programme line.
Airbus Defence and Space, working closely with Capita who will operate the monitoring centres and Steatite who provide the ankle tag devices, will offer location intelligence services for offenders in the community, supplying high-precision information on the behaviour and location of offenders. The new mapping and monitoring service also means that individual offenders subject to location monitoring can easily be identified as having been at the scene of a crime or quickly eliminated from an inquiry, allowing for swifter delivery of justice and reducing pressure on police time and money. This is a significant improvement over existing technology, which only allowed monitoring officers to detect whether subjects have violated their curfews via radio-frequency identification (RFID) proximity monitoring of base stations installed in their homes.
Source: Airbus Defence and Space