Ascom: Denmark’s Largest Prison Strengthens Staff Security

  Ascom: Denmark’s Largest Prison Strengthens Staff Security

Vestre Fængsel shifting to a modern IP-based system from Ascom Wireless
Solutions

Business Wire

GOTHENBURG, Sweden -- January 17, 2013

An investment of 6.5 million DKK will give the staff at Vestre Fængsel a safer
day at work. A paging solution from the late 90s will be replaced by an
IP-based personal communication system that will be with the employees at all
times, rationalizing efforts in critical situations.

The employees at Denmark's largest prison, Vestre Fængsel, will be equipped
with Ascom's d81 IP-DECT ...

The employees at Denmark's largest prison, Vestre Fængsel, will be equipped
with Ascom's d81 IP-DECT handset, as part of a new solution for improved
safety and communication.(Photo: Business Wire)

The largest correction facility in Denmark is shifting to wireless technology.
From now on, employees at Vestre Fængsel will only be carrying a wireless
handset, combining communication, personal security and positioning technology
in case of assaults or threatening situations. The currently installed paging
system will go into retirement in favor of a solution with stronger security
and communication features, alleviating staff security.

The new IP-based personal security system is delivered by Ascom Wireless
Systems. The value of the contract is 6.5 million DKK, and it is part of the
framework agreement that Ascom made with Kriminalforsorgen, Denmark’s prison
authority, in 2009. The agreement has now reached a value of 45 million DKK
and includes new personal security and communication systems for all prisons
and detention centers in the country. Five prisons and 36 detention centers
have been equipped with wireless communication systems from Ascom Wireless
Solutions. Now, it’s Vestre Fængsel’s turn.

Vestre Fængsel is the largest single project within the framework agreement
and will affect approximately 600 employees. They will now be provided with
purpose-built Ascom d81 handsets.

– We have received very positive feedback from the prisons and detention
centers that have been equipped with the system from Ascom Wireless Solutions.
For the staff at Vestre Fængsel, it will be a great step forward. They will
now get a more user friendly system with a more exact positioning. It’s
important that the staff has access to modern and efficient alarm and
communication equipment, so that they can co-ordinate their tasks while on the
move, and rapidly assist each other if a threatening situation arises. The
wireless IP-DECT technology is very suitable for providing this type of
functionality, says Otto Nielsen, Chief Technical Officer of Denmark’s prison
authority Kriminalforsorgen.

Vestre Fængsel can house 430 inmates of which many are hardened criminals. One
of the features of the new system is a companion functionality that constantly
monitors where a person is located in an emergency situation. If a person in
distress for example moves between different floors in the building, location
updates are sent constantly to assisting personnel.

Another advantage is that the positioning technology is radio-based, rather
than - as earlier - based on infrared beams. With infrared technology the
alarm devices had to be worn visibly.

- The Vestre Fængsel contract once again shows how Ascom Wireless Solutions is
increasing its market share in the public area. Our solutions ensure enhanced
security and improved productivity and communication for the prison staff,
helping them perform their important work in a more efficient and safe way,
says Dennis Anderson, Vice President Global Sales at Ascom Wireless Solutions.

- Vestre Fængsel will obtain a powerful communication solution with
significantly greater capacity than before. This is important because a lot of
coordination takes place via the phone. It is a future-proof solution that is
more reliable and provides a number of advantages in terms of easier
management and lower costs. It is both more efficient and economical to
combine safety and communications in all the Danish prisons and detention
centers in one single solution that is monitored and maintained centrally,
says Otto Nielsen, CTO of Kriminalforsorgen.

ABOUT ASCOM

ABOUT ASCOM WIRELESS SOLUTIONS

Ascom Wireless Solutions (www.ascom.com/ws) is a leading provider of on-site
wireless communications for key segments such as hospitals, senior care,
independent living, manufacturing industries, secure establishments, retail
and hotels. More than75,000 systems are installed at major companies all over
the world. The company offers a broad range of voice and professional
messaging solutions, creating value for customers by supporting and optimizing
their Mission-Criticalprocesses. The solutions are based on VoWiFi, IP-DECT,
nurse call and paging technologies, smartly integrated via Ascom Unite into
existing enterprise systems. The company has subsidiaries in 11 countries and
1,200 employees worldwide. Founded in 1955 and based in Göteborg, Sweden,
Ascom Wireless Solutions is part of the Ascom Group, listed on the Swiss Stock
Exchange (ASCN:SIX).

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Ascom Wireless Solutions
Anne Thingvall
Manager Marketing Communications
Tel: +46 (0) 31 – 55 93 87
Mobile: +46 (0) 705 – 55 93 87
E-mail: anne.thingvall@ascom.se
 
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