Cellular tracking company hopes still high

Auckland-based Network Technology remains hopeful of signing a multi-million dollar deal to supply tracking devices to 160,000 public sector staff in New York.

Auckland-based Network Technology remains hopeful of signing a multi-million dollar deal to supply tracking devices to 160,000 public sector staff in New York.

The Chinese government is also set to trial the cellular network-based technology, says executive director Kerry Harris.

Harris and other company staff visited the New York City department of information technology and communications (DOITT) in April to launch trials of its SmartPoint System.

A final implementation decision is expected in the new year, much later than earlier anticipated.

"It's a case of fingers crossed and wait," Harris says.

SmartPoint, previously known as Secure Net, uses GSM cellular technology to trace the position of a $1200 modem-sized device. A signal is transmitted over the network to a remote monitoring station, which is claimed to be able to pinpoint locations within 50 metres or better. The three-man firm says it spent $1 million over six years developing the technology and related patents.

Harris plans to return to New York in late January. If that trial is successful, the deal would be worth "quite a few million".

In the new year, he also plans to visit China, where a demonstration of the technology for emergency response crews is being set up.

Network Technology has high hopes for SmartPoint in the domestic security industry, where its application would be for tracking vehicles and cellphones.

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