Police cars to be fitted with tracking systems

TOM PULLAR-STRECKER
Last updated 05:00 09/10/2012

Relevant offers

Industries

Budget 2017: Nine years of spending under National Potential removal of Viaduct loading zones rattles local businesses Supreme Court rules investor in Ross Asset Management has to repay $454K $1.6 billion Waterview Connection's mystery opening date a 'few weeks away' Chart of the day: To build or renovate in Marlborough? Rocket Lab successfully launches first test rocket but falls short of orbit Budget reveals plans for locks, lights for repeat burglary victims Budget 2017: Family income and tax package - by the numbers Trade Me removes Ed Sheeran and Harry Styles tickets Multinational tax clampdown forecast to yield $250m over three years

Up to 3000 police cars are to be fitted with GPS tracking devices by Auckland company Imarda in a move police say will improve officer safety.

Imarda said it had been chosen ahead of 14 other vendors for the vehicle system, subject to final approval of the investment.

Similar contracts suggest the deal is likely to be worth several million dollars. Imarda employs about 35 staff and is majority-owned by New Zealanders, through an Australian holding company. Vice-president Kevin Roberts said the deal would be "significant" for the firm but smaller than some contracts it had won in the United States.

Police fitted GPS tracking systems to 38 Auckland patrol cars in a 2004 trial but these are no longer working. The vehicles in the Auckland trial communicated their location back to a police communications centre via Telecom's now-defunct CDMA network.

A spokesman said GPS tracking would provide dispatchers with a more accurate picture of where vehicles were. "This enhances officer safety in emergency situations and can improve decision-making on which unit to assign to a job."

The Auckland trial on one occasion helped police recover a stolen police car.

There have also been suggestions GPS data could be stored and looked at later, for example to review police chases.

Imarda has sold more than 70,000 tracking systems to customers including Woolworths and Boral in Australia and "one of the world's largest freight carriers in the US".

Ad Feedback

- BusinessDay.co.nz

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content