Telmate gets patent for biometric inmate location tracking

June 25, 2014 - 

Telmate has announced the issue of a new patent for biometric inmate location tracking in detention environments.

According to the company, its patent – No.: 8,761,360 – will provide automatic jail management system updates in regards to inmates’ assigned rooms and location in jail. Though details on modality are scant, the company says inmates will have to use a biometric tool for authentication into certain pre-determined areas.

“This new patent is a testament on how communications systems are becoming an indispensable part of keeping correctional institutions running efficiently, securely and safely,” Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Hansen said. “This new technology helps alleviate hours of manually entering the information into JMS regarding inmate’s locations, so correctional officers can focus on what’s more important to them — security and control.”

As we’ve mentioned previously in, corrections is an avenue of growth for biometric technology. Increasingly, prisons are upgrading systems to include biometrics and are seeing particular success with applications that allow prisoners to be identified and to remain shackled.

According to Telmate, it is the third largest inmate communications provider in the United States.

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