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DOC, Minnesota uses RFID system to monitor inmates

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The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC), US is planning to roll out a half-million-dollar radio frequency identification (RFID) inmate-tracking system to boost security and automate the monitoring of prisoners.

The DOC will install the inmate tracking system in the 1,300-inmate minimum/medium-security Minnesota Correctional Facility in Lino Lakes by the end of this month. Alanco Technologies Inc. will provide the RFID system. The tracking system is based on active the RFID tag technology and provides alerts if something abnormal is going on, like a fight among the inmates. The monitoring screen goes from green to red and sends out an audio alert. Once an alert is issued, the screen shows where the trouble is and identifies nearby guards and prisoners.

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