The StarChase Pursuit Management System (PMS) is a real-time tagging and tracking tool developed for the law enforcement sector to reduce dangerous high-speed pursuits. The commercial off-the-shelf solution is comprised of a compressed-air launcher that can be hand-held or mounted behind the grille of a police vehicle, and a miniature GPS receiver, radio transmitter and power supply encased in a tracking projectile.
A control panel inside the vehicle allows the officer to aim a laser to acquire the target and discharge a projectile containing the GPS receiver, transmitter and power supply. The projectile adheres to the suspect vehicle and transmits coordinates back to dispatch. The dispatcher then views the location and movements of the tagged vehicle in near real-time on a digital roadmap via a secure Internet connection.
The PMS is backed by a one-year warranty with the option to extend to three years. A 10-minute maintenance program is recommended on a quarterly basis. Extensive road testing has proven the PMS' ability to survive in harsh law enforcement environments. The system greatly reduces liability to municipalities by offering less-lethal and less-costly alternatives to current high-speed chase protocol. Municipalities using the PMS receive a launcher, control panel, test and live projectiles, and a data plan.
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