Electronic monitoring: Overcoming operational and logistical challenges during the pandemic


Jim Walker

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted logistics and operations all over the world. In response, many countries have implemented some form of remote learning.

The electronic monitoring sector response during the early phase of COVID-19 focused on implementing remote learning modalities as an emergency response. As the pandemic has evolved, so too have electronic monitoring responses.

Electronic surveillance companies have had to review their ways of doing training and demonstrating their solutions; the same prerequisites had to be expressed, not physically but via video conference software.

The new coronavirus pandemic has made that prerequisite more urgent. Workers across industries must figure out how they can adapt to rapidly changing conditions and companies have to learn how to match those workers to new roles and activities.

This dynamic is about more than remote working – or the part of automation and AI. It’s about how leaders can reskill and upskill the workforce to deliver new business models in the post-pandemic era.

When distance training was not possible (refused by the country in question), electronic monitoring companies had to ask the embassy or the ministry of health of the concerned country for privileges to travel within the country.

With the cancellation of many commercial flights, we were forced to find logistical solutions to move around the country. It was necessary to plan a quarantine on the outward journey and the return.

Training courses were longer because distancing rules made it impossible to have a large number of interlocutors in a room.

Thanks to the GEOSATIS bracelet, the trainer does not need to be in contact with the training staff. The GEOSATIS GPS device truly is the only product that accommodates no physical contact for device installation and removal. You are welcome to read more about this topic in a previous JUSTICE TRENDS article.

Distance training is greatly simplified with the monitoring software from GEOSATIS. The user-friendly platform is very graphic, colourful and visual. Moreover, it has precise meanings on the state of the bracelets, alarms, zones, calendars, and curfew.

The GEOSATIS platform has facilitated training and answering questions during these pandemic times when distance training is key to meeting current challenges.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 has decimated many businesses and industries worldwide over the past year; however, electronic monitoring manufacturers have not been that affected. In many cases, they have experienced an uptick in business. Governments worldwide have released record numbers of prisoners, fearing that the pandemic poses undue health risks to inmates, resulting in approximately 25% to 30% more inmates being released on electronic monitoring than over a year ago. GEOSATIS is the sole electronic monitoring provider in the world capable of respecting pandemic social distancing rules for offender device installation and removal.

Thanks to its unique design and technology, the GEOSATIS GPS device allows the offender to install it themselves under the direct surveillance of their supervision agency. No tools or straps required. No need for installers to cut or assemble the device, which is why the offender can set up the device within seconds. The device can also be removed by the supervision agency in compliance with social distancing rules. All it takes is to activate the remote opening command via the secure monitoring software while overseeing the offender during the process.

The GEOSATIS GPS device truly is the only product that does not require physical contact between the supervision officer and the offender for device installation and removal. GEOSATIS emphasizes security and simplicity through advanced product design and technology, allowing for easier and safer interaction between offenders and supervision agencies. The emergency shift to electronic monitoring by prisons and jails due to the COVID-19 pandemic may signal long-term use of electronic monitoring as an alternative to custody, especially for overcrowded prison facilities dealing with potential infectious health issues.

Jim Walker

Jim Walker is GEOSATIS CEO. He has over thirty years of experience in the electronic monitoring industry and has held executive management positions in multiple companies for the purpose of growth, product launch and successfully preparing the companies for acquisition. Jim co-founded Gabriel Technologies, a high-tech security firm, which was sold to Qualcomm and co-founded NS2, LLC, a company focused on regentrification in the mid-west United States.


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