In this article, learn about how having a really expensive tracking system does not always mean you have the best and most appropriate solution for your specific monitoring needs.
What has been labeled as a “catastrophic failure” in regard to helping with the overcrowding of Italian prisons, is not going to be so catastrophic for the pockets of Telecom Italia, the sole distributor of the technology.
The system, called “personal identification device”, is costing Italian taxpayers a little less than 11 million euros per year, for a total number of 8 currently active bracelets.
According to the state Police vice-president, Francesco Cirillo, the current bracelets use antediluvian technology, don’t have GPS, and and are easy to fool and circumvent, like in the circumstance that led to the disappearance of drug trafficker Augusto Cesar Tena Albirena who, in 2001, after being chosen for a test trial of the technology, decided to just cut his bracelet and disappear in the night leaving no trace.
What are the drawbacks of Telecom Italia’s solution? After all, the devices cost 5000 Euros per piece, and for that price one would think they would carry a level of technology to make even NASA research centers become red with envy, but it is definitely not the case.
First of all, the bracelets are made of plastic and can be easily cut with simple tools. They do not have GPS, and for this reason if a person leaves the building they cannot be traced anymore. Moreover, they need a special infrastructure installed on the premises, and if an alarm is set off, there is up to a 4 minute delay before a notification is sent to the control center, which is more than enough time for a prisoner with malicious intents to vanish.
Was it really that hard to engineer something more usable? And also, considering the ridiculously high price of a single bracelet and the infrastructure as a whole, how can someone not think immediately of a blatant, government approved fraud?
You don’t need extremely expensive products to have the best tracking system. What is required, is the most technologically advanced solution, tailored for your specific scenario. If this is turns out to be cost effective too, even better.
As an example, when approaching the problem of analysing athlete performance, Beestar consciously opted to distantiate from the already-available mainstream technologies. GPS? Wifi? Even stepcounters? We knew that all these systems were inappropriate, however we saw competitors making use of them, because they were the easiest solution to market and they don’t require any further R&D.
We chose instead to invest highly in our own research, and we decided that our product had to be discreet, reliable, high-performance and cost effective – this is how QuASP™ was born. We are proud of what we have created, and this is reflected by the feedback we get from our customers and partners.