Fleet Management Solutions, a provider of advanced telematics systems, announced it has been selected by the US Justice Department’s Federal Bureau of Prisons to equip its fleet vehicles and other mobile assets with their Fleet Director Global Iridium-based vehicle tracking and mobile resource management system.
As specified by the BOP, all mobile assets must be monitored and tracked 24/7/365 with no interruptions in 2-way communications and/or coverage, have specialized security features ensuring the safety of personnel, and comprehensive data reporting at frequency intervals determined by its operations management. FMS says its flagship solution, Fleet Director Global, utilizes the Iridium satellite network for continuous secure communications and network services around the clock.
The BOP consists of 117 institutions, six regional offices, a Central Office (headquarters), two staff training facilities and 22 community corrections offices dispersed across the continental United States, operating a range of specialty law enforcement and administrative vehicles. FMS says its solution provides continuous location, direction, speed and mission-critical intelligence, including information combined with vehicle data such as engine activity, idle and stop data durations, all to ensure every asset’s location and status is monitored and known, on demand, at any time, all of the time, regardless of geography or topography.
In addition, 2-way text communications via all-satellite in-cab message terminals between drivers and dispatch provide a robust, efficient and easy-to-use and reliable method for directing resources and responding to situations that may be urgent. Indication of an emergency may be communicated via alerts to any text-enabled device via the in-cab “panic button” or message display terminal – a mandatory feature required by the BOP. All panic-button messages use the Iridium satellite communication network and are delivered via FMS Fleet Director Global in near real-time. Complete history of data also will be available and readily accessible at a moment’s notice.
“FMS has a proven track record of delivering advanced telematics solutions that meet the fleet tracking, safety and strict security regulations for government and military applications,” says Cliff Henley, FMS chief executive officer. “Fleet Director Global combined with Iridium-based communications continues to prove its value where high security and mobile resource management requirements demand visibility and data transmission, regardless of telecommunications infrastructure or geography. We are extremely pleased to receive this award from the BOP, and are confident that Fleet Director Global will become a vital tool in meeting their challenges.”