Spark New Zealand Selects Tecore Technology for Correctional Facility Cellphones
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 | Comments

Tecore Networks announced that Spark New Zealand selected its iNAC Managed Access System (MAS) for the provision of a managed cellular communication service to combat the use of contraband cellphones in New Zealand correctional institutions. After extensive evaluation by Spark industry experts, Tecore’s 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 cellphone. New Zealand’s wireless carriers were asked to identify and propose a solution to detect and prevent illicit use of cellphones within the country’s correctional institutions. To date, cellular jamming has been the approach of choice. However, cellular jamming is no longer reliable because of out-of-band interference and the inability to manage changes in cellular bands used by wireless carriers.

Spark, one of the largest companies in New Zealand and the leading provider of fixed line, mobile network and internet coverage, was selected to provide the proposed Tecore technology. The deployment represents a collaborative effort between Tecore and Spark to provide a more effective and intelligent cellular interdiction system than the legacy jamming system.

“Through Spark’s forward thinking leadership, the implementation of our modern approach against contraband cellphones is sure to provide the more robust and flexible solution that is needed to combat this persistent issue,” said Jay Salkini, founder and CEO of Tecore Networks. “When we initially developed MAS, it was offered as a legal alternative to cellular jamming in the United States for use in correctional institutions. As the efficacy of the iNAC MAS has been proven across wireless technology generations and frequency bands, we continue to receive interest from countries that have used jamming, which is a testament to the effectiveness and added benefits of MAS technology.”

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