Spark New Zealand has selected Tecore Networks' iNAC Managed Access System (MAS) solution to provision “Managed Cellular Communication” service to combat the use of contraband cell phones in New Zealand correctional institutions.
After extensive evaluation by Spark industry experts, Tecore’s existing Maryland-based MAS deployments served as a test-bed and case model in efficacy leading up to this contract award. Under the New Zealand (NZ) Corrections Act it's an offense for an inmate to use an unauthorized cell phone. NZ’s wireless carriers were requested to identify and propose a solution to detect and prevent illicit use of cell phones within the country’s correctional institutions. To date, cellular jamming has been the approach of choice. However, cellular jamming is no longer reliable in today's wireless landscape due to out-of-band interference and the inability to manage changes in cellular bands used by wireless carriers, said Spark.
Spark, one of the largest companies in New Zealand and the leading provider of fixed line, mobile network, and internet coverage, has been selected to provide its proposed Tecore’s iNAC Managed Access System. The deployment of the iNAC system represents a collaborative effort between Tecore and Spark to provide a more effective and intelligent Cellular Interdiction System than the legacy jamming system.