Satellite tagging technology allowing the Government to track offenders in the community has moved a major step closer after the Justice Secretary announced the four companies who will deliver the new service.
British company Steatite will develop and manufacture the high-tech equipment that will give us one of the most advanced GPS tagging systems in the world. Capita will manage the overall service, Airbus Defence and Space will provide satellite-mapping and Telefonica will supply the network.
The new kit will allow dangerous and repeat offenders to be tracked around the clock, meaning suspects can easily be identified as having been at the scene of a crime or quickly eliminated from inquiries, delivering swifter justice and saving valuable police time and money.
The new GPS tags will also be fitted to prisoners who are given temporary release from prison, to make sure they are sticking to the terms of their release at all times.
The Ministry of Justice will begin using the new tags by the end of the year.