Rational Point represents Tecore Networks in Latin America, a global supplier of innovative wireless network infrastructure, announced that its iNAC Managed Access System (MAS) has been selected for the provision of a “Managed Cellular Communication” service to combat the use of contraband cell phones in New Zealand correctional institutions. After extensive evaluation, Tecore’s existing Maryland-based MAS deployments served as a test-bed and case model in efficacy leading up to this contract award.
Under the New Zealand (NZ) Corrections Act it’s an offense for an inmate to use an unauthorized cell phone. To date, cellular jamming has been the approach of choice. However, cellular jamming is no longer reliable in today’s wireless landscape due to out-of-band interference and the inability to manage changes in cellular bands used by wireless carriers.
“It’s rewarding to know our technology is being used internationally in partnership with world-class wireless carriers. The implementation of our modern approach against contraband cell phones is sure to provide the more robust and flexible solution that is needed to combat this persistent issue,” said Jay Salkini, Founder and CEO of Tecore Networks. “When we initially developed MAS, it was offered as a legal alternative to cellular jamming in the United States for use in correctional institutions. As the efficacy of the iNAC MAS has been proven across wireless technology generations and frequency bands, we continue to receive interest from countries that have used jamming, which is a testament to the effectiveness and added benefits of MAS technology.”Tecore’s iNAC MAS addresses many of the known issues of cellular jamming and micro-jamming systems while preventing unauthorized communications. The iNAC:
- Provides a targeted radio frequency (RF) umbrella over the facility, limiting the risk of interference with the commercial spectrum and general public’s rights and lawful usage of their mobile devices.
- Provides enhanced communications for emergency services including E911 and authorized personnel;
- Provides the system operator the ability to obtain device and call information for forensic analysis, consistent with applicable law;
- Provides comprehensive and consistent coverage of 2G, 3G, 4G and is 5G-ready to support deployments by incremental remote and on-site system updates;
Currently, Rational Point works with several governments in Latin America to implement Tecore iNAC in the region, where the use of illegal phones in local penitentiaries is widely spread, allowing inmates to control their criminal business from their cell. Today, most of the drug traffic, extortions and murders are controlled from inside the region’s penitentiary centers.