Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Polaris Wireless Offers Software-based Mass Location Tools for Law Enforcement

Polaris Wireless introduced its "Altus" suite of applications for law enforcement and intelligence agencies worldwide. The new software-based surveillance tools, which are powered by Polaris Wireless Location Signatures (Polaris WLS) technology, enable accurate mass location – providing law enforcement with the ability to simultaneously locate all subscribers in a wireless network in real time and on a historical basis.


Polaris Wireless said its unique capabilities enable functions, such as target identification, tracking via geo-fence, and post-event analytics, which are vital to the anti-crime and anti-terrorism surveillance efforts of Polaris Wireless customers in the Middle East/Africa, and Asia-Pacific regions.


"Altus enables government agencies to take a major leap forward in their efforts to locate and track known and suspected criminals and terrorists," said Mahesh Patel, senior vice president of surveillance applications at Polaris Wireless. "The Altus application suite offers high-availability and high-reliability carrier-grade infrastructure to meet the mission-critical needs of law enforcement and intelligence agencies."


Using the basic Altus application, customers can create a custom geo-fenced area and locate all subscribers in it, as well as receive alerts when designated targets enter or exit the geo-fence. The geo-fenced area can be identified in real time or at a specified time in the past, enabling government agencies to perform critical post-event analytics to discover, for example, which subscribers were in the vicinity of a busy downtown intersection during the hours before a terrorist event occurred.


Altus now offers an enhanced graphical user interface (GUI), including advanced geographic mapping capabilities powered by Esri's GIS (geographic information systems) mapping software. The enhanced GUI introduces multi-color display and animated icons, providing a more intuitive and productive user experience. Altus also includes standardized APIs to enable easy integration with other surveillance solutions and lawful intercept systems. Polaris Wireless plans to expand the Altus application suite with the ability to assess risks based on multiple inputs, including user identity, call logs, and social data. http://www.polariswireless.com

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