Supercom has created a new lightweight ankle bracelet monitoring system to replace the old clunky ankle monitors. The global security technology company has set its sights on world governments and their prison systems, according to a July 1 Benziga article.
“There are really only ten companies that provide tracking devices in this space, and the incumbent technology is usually a heavy one-pieced ankle unit which looks like an oversized cell phone and requires daily charging,” said Ordan Trabelsi, President and CEO of Supercom.
“What we’ve done is develop a new ankle-bracelet that is small, lightweight and utilizes our significant advancements in location technology as well as very long-term battery life.”
Supercom is an Israel-based company. It has introduced proprietary, secure Internet of Things (IoT) tracking technology that led to the development of the new device.
“The company’s electronic monitoring (EM) PureTag device is a lightweight, ergonomic bracelet that doesn’t have to be charged. It communicates seamlessly with a Puretrack device built on Samsung cell phone hardware, which Supercom hose because of its technology and application program inter-faces security,” the article said.
Supercom was noted to benefit from the COVID-19 pandemic. This was achieved by helping police and local governments reduce their in-prison costs by allowing alternative incarceration methods.
A PEW Charitable Trusts survey covering the past ten years found the number of people with ankle monitors rose 140% in the U.S.
The selling point for the Supercom EM device is the lower cost: $10 to $55 per day that it charges for house arrest versus the $100-$140 per day that other systems charge.
“We’re growing very quickly in the global market and have closed 30 new contracts in the past three years. Government customers clearly see the benefits of our technology. We were awarded the national EM project in Finland, after winning projects in Sweden and Denmark,” Trabelsi said. “We’re also providing complementary services to help prisoners assimilate back into society responsibly, with the overall goal of breaking the cycle of recidivism.”
Supercom sales are up 64%, representing a $5.6 million profit in 2020. The company has secured 119 technology patents.