Detention Center Chooses RFID System from Alanco to Track Inmates

— December 13, 2006

A juvenile detention center in Indiana is testing a WiFi-compatible TSI PRISM RFID system from Alanco Technologies to track inmates. The system will be integrated with the facility's existing IT infrastructure to keep tabs on each youth placed in custody and registered there.

Installation of the RFID system at the Marion County (Indianapolis) Juvenile Detention Center at is expected to cost $650,000, including design services and staff training.

The TSI PRISM project was facilitated by MindGent Healthcare Services, an Indianapolis-based solution provider for hospitals, physician practices and clinics that optimize operations, leverage state-of-the-art clinical systems, enhance care provisioning and maximize revenue generation. MindGent was awarded the overall contract with Marion County to provide an electronic medical records system and 24-hour call center, as well as the RFID inmate tracking system, for its Juvenile Detention Center. The TSI PRISM software will be integrated with the Marion County Juvenile facility's Quest operating system to enable seamless data flow from a central intake point as each youth is placed in custody and registered into the facility. The Marion County Juvenile Detention Center houses up to 200 male and female offenders under the age of 18, determined by the juvenile courts as unsuitable to return home or to parental custody.

Julie Beckner, President and CEO of MindGent Healthcare Services, said, “The Juvenile Facility's current system was bogged down in an endless cycle of bureaucratic paperwork that is inefficient and ultimately costly to the taxpayers. We are eager to provide a solution that will enhance services to the children and potentially save the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center millions of dollars.”

Greg M. Oester, Alanco/TSI PRISM President, commented, “The Marion County project represents an important advance in our efforts to promote facility efficiencies by fully integrating TSI PRISM into general facility data base platforms and merging with other prison security system software, such as CCTV cameras. Our WiFi-compatible TSI PRISM system employs an infrastructure network that can be shared with other WiFi-enabled devices, such as laptops or wireless PDAs. WiFi compatibility lowers the cost of installing multiple electronic systems, and provides the ability to add new wireless technology as it becomes available. These enhancements to the TSI PRISM system will improve the overall value proposition to our customers and further strengthen our position as the leading provider of RFID tracking systems for the corrections industry.”


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