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Keith McCord ReportingA Utah technology company is about to roll-out a new product that will help law enforcement and corrections agencies keep track of serious offenders who are on parole.
You've heard of those "On-Star" tracking systems in automobiles? Well, this is similar. It uses GPS satellite technology, which is linked to a 24/7 monitoring center, which is located in Sandy. If you're wearing one of these, you can't hide!
Law enforcement agencies around the country will soon be field-testing the TrackerPal, the newest device for monitoring parolees. This device, manufactured by SecureAlert, allows supervising officers to keep track of certain individuals in the criminal justice system--those who could become repeat offenders.
Once the device is in place, operators in the monitoring center in Sandy can track it, anywhere in the world, in real time. If the offender tries to remove it, the device sends a signal back there and officers can respond.
If, say a sex offender, approaches a school or other restricted area, operators can make immediate voice contact.
Secure Alert also makes similar devices used for health monitoring, for example, people with certain medical conditions who need emergency help can be located. Secure Alert will be officially opening its new monitoring center in Sandy tomorrow.