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3M to supply electronic monitoring services for New Zealand’s Department of Corrections


3M announced it has won a contract to provide electronic monitoring services for the Department of Corrections in New Zealand.

3M’s GPS technology will be used to electronically monitor more than 3,500 offenders across a range of programs, including home detention, electronic bail, community detention and GPS monitoring.

“This is a significant contract, lasting until the end of the decade,” said Jeremy Lightfoot, national commissioner corrections services. “The new 3M system will provide safety for the community by improving the management of offenders and those on bail, while enhancing rehabilitation outcomes.”

3M’s GPS technology is expected to help the Department of Corrections realize its goal of a 25% reduction in reoffending by 2017, said Lightfoot.

The Department of Corrections chose 3M as the prime contractor for all services, providing a turnkey solution based on GPS and radio frequency technologies designed for the monitoring of offenders and defendants.

The agreement, which spans a minimum period of five years with options to extend, is one of the largest global electronic monitoring contracts to date.

“This contract award expands 3M’s footprint in New Zealand and positions us as the largest provider of offender electronic monitoring solutions in the Asia Pacific region”, said Eoin Geaney, business manager for 3M Australia/New Zealand traffic safety and security division.

3M provides clients across law enforcement, commercial security and civil ID markets a range of innovative public security solutions including biometrics, electronic monitoring, domestic violence deterrence, secure document solutions, automated license plate recognition and eTolling.

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