Multi-Tech Systems, BI Inc. and Verizon Receive a 2013 Connected World Value Chain Award

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Offender Monitoring Solution Enabled with Cellular M2M Technology Provides Greater Flexibility to Government Agencies

Diagram of BI solution enabled by Multi-Tech and Verizon Wireless

Offender Monitoring Goes Wireless

The BI solution is another example of how M2M technology is improving business efficiency. -Gregg Zastrow, Multi-Tech Sr. Product Marketing Manager

Multi-Tech® Systems, a leading M2M (machine-to-machine) communications solution provider, along with BI Incorporated, a national provider of treatment, training and supervision programs for community corrections agencies at the federal, state, and local level, and Verizon Wireless, a leader in wireless voice and data services, received a 2013 Value Chain Award at the annual Connected World Conference in Santa Clara, CA on June 12. The Awards recognize the most successful adopters of M2M communications technology and the teams of solution providers that made their successes possible.

Selected by a panel of top industry analysts and experts, the awards highlight the process of combining multiple technologies, such as the carrier-approved Multi-Tech Systems embedded cellular modems and the BI HomeGuard 206 electronic monitoring system, to create a winning M2M solution.

The BI HomeGuard 206 DS electronic monitoring system is a radio frequency system that continuously verifies the presence or absence of a client at a specific location, usually the home. Using a cellular connection, the receiver reports the client’s presence or absence to the monitoring computer which determines whether the client is adhering to (or in violation of) his or her authorized schedule. If the computer detects a violation, it generates an alert, and the monitoring center sends a notification through the method(s) specified by the supervising agency or officer.

Without this solution, a person under supervision who does not have a land line would have to report to an agency two to three times per week to download device data, often requiring lengthy travel time and difficulties maintaining a job due to reporting requirements during business hours. A cellular device installed in the home alleviates all of those issues. The Multi-Tech cellular modem enhances the BI product line at a minimal cost, while providing greater flexibility to customers.

Thanks to M2M communications enabled by a ready-to-integrate Multi-Tech Systems SocketModem® Cell embedded cellular modem, BI was able to quickly develop a solution that allows real-time access to data from these offender monitoring devices. Multi-Tech Systems’ embedded device networking solutions with Universal Socket, a flexible comm-port architecture, allowed BI to add cellular communications capability to its system with minimal engineering effort. BI was also able to significantly save time and costs associated with pursuing their own carrier approvals since Multi-Tech embedded cellular modems are pre-approved for use as end devices.

In addition, no changes were required to the existing BI analog communications protocols. BI was able to leverage the AT command interface in the modem to open a socket connection that provides the M2M communication to BI TotalAccess®, its flagship consolidated monitoring platform. Modifying the communications servers to support the M2M data stream was a relatively straightforward task.

“The BI solution is another example of how M2M technology is improving business efficiency. We are proud of our partnership with BI and this prestigious industry award,” said Gregg Zastrow, senior product marketing manager, Multi-Tech Systems.

To learn more about this award-winning solution, please read the M2M Customer Case found on the Multi-Tech website.

About Multi-Tech Systems
Multi-Tech Systems has been delivering industry-leading M2M (machine-to-machine) communications solutions since 1970. With more than 22 million devices deployed worldwide, Multi-Tech focuses on helping customers achieve the shortest path to M2M connectivity – from concept to implementation and total lifecycle management. Whether a project is simple or very complex, Multi-Tech has the resources and expertise to work with any development team to customize a hardware or software solution that maximizes speed to market and return on investment. With carrier-approved external and embedded modems and gateways, Multi-Tech makes it easy and fast to connect your devices to networks anywhere in the world. We work with clients in almost any market to enable cellular, analog, Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® and GPS capabilities into a solution to achieve superior business results. If we don’t have it, we will develop it. Multi-Tech established its reputation for Innovative Designs and Innovative Solutions by obtaining 80+ patents and certifications from more than 30 carriers and over 80 countries. Multi-Tech has made M2M Simplified for thousands of customers around the globe. Twitter:

About BI Incorporated
Established in 1978, BI Incorporated, a global leader in the delivery of correctional, detention, and residential treatment services to federal, state, and local government agencies. BI provides a full continuum of offender monitoring technologies for parolees, probationers, pretrial defendants and illegal aliens involved in the U.S. immigration court process. BI also owns and operates an ISO-certified national monitoring center, providing 24/7 expert support supervision services exclusively to governmental agencies. BI works closely with corrections officials to cost effectively reduce recidivism, promote public safety, and strengthen the communities they serve.

About Verizon Wireless
A leader in wireless voice and data services, the company owns and operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network. Launched in December 2010, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network is available to more than 287 million people – covering nearly 95% of its 3G footprint – in 497 markets across the country; built the nation’s first wide-area wireless broadband network; delivered the nation’s first wireless consumer 3G multimedia service and offers global voice and data services in more than 200 destinations around the world.

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