DHS sets deal for wearable GPS monitors

Homeland Security sets deal for wearable GPS monitors

The Homeland Security Department has signed an agreement with ISecureTrac Corp. for the company's wearable monitoring systems with Global Positioning System receivers.

DHS' Immigration and Customs Enforcement Directorate set the deal with the Omaha, Neb., company. No details of the agreement were released.

Already, federal, state, county and city law enforcement agencies in 40 states use the company's systems to track individuals that require supervision.

Tom Wharton, ISecureTrac CEO, said the systems could help track people deemed as risky. He pointed to statistics of legal foreigners entering the country as indicative of the need of such monitoring. In 2002, more than 27.9 million documented nonimmigrants were admitted to the United States, he said, citing the 2002 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics.

'With this many individuals coming across our borders legally every year there are a significant number of high-risk individuals that could be monitored using our wireless GPS technologies,' Wharton said. 'ISecureTrac's wireless GPS monitoring systems would help to deter terrorist activity by limiting an individual's ability to pursue terrorist activities without being noticed.'

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