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Qualcomm, Tigo Announce Expansion of Wireless Security Project in El Salvador

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September 13, 2012

Qualcomm, Tigo Announce Expansion of Wireless Security Project in El Salvador

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor

The wireless security project in El Salvador, Seguridad Inalambrica has been expanded in collaboration with National Civilian Police, Corps of Metropolitan Agents of participating municipalities and the U.S. Government Agency for International Development (USAID).

Norman Quijano, general coordinator of COAMSS said in a release, “It is necessary for municipalities and institutions to undertake joint actions in order to prevent crime. This is why we are pleased to announce that the Wireless Security program will be extended to include more areas within the Metropolitan region.”

Qualcomm (News - Alert), through its Wireless Reach initiative, has deployed 3G wireless technology for Seguridad Inalambrica to collect and share crime information. This allows municipalities in El Salvador to analyze patterns to prevent crime and violence.

Seguridad Inalambrica was able to deliver real-time monitoring and analysis of crime patterns which helped the National Civilian Police (PNC (News - Alert)), the Corps of Metropolitan Agents (CAM) and the municipal government in Santa Tecla during phase one of its operations.

PNC and CAM participants will enjoy mobile and web-based applications via the expanded program enabling organizations to map and analyze real-time crime data via 3G technology. The Council of Mayors of the San Salvador Metropolitan Area (OPAMSS) will enable communication and coordination between all participating municipalities and agencies.

Also part of the project is Tigo, a telecommunications provider in El Salvador which provided Android (News - Alert)-based smartphones powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processors and 3G data services for each municipality for one year.

In the phase two of the project the smartphones will come equipped with an enhanced, easy-to-use software application and an even better Web interface. The smartphones with the Seguridad Inalambrica application will be used by law enforcement officers along with built-in Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities, camera and other features.

Officers are expected to give detailed incident reports as they can now adjust GPS location to improve precision and attach photos and voice recordings to each report. These reports get transmitted via Tigo’s 3G network to the web-based crime database application which can form a database for advanced geospatial analysis of crime patterns in future also, explained officials.

Nina Muyshondt, marketing director for TIGO remarked, “At Tigo, one of the pillars of our Corporate Social Responsibility program is Social Welfare. Which is why, for us, it is important to participate and support crime prevention and public safety programs.”

In related company news, Care Technology Systems a company serving seniors announced the availability of CTS (News - Alert) monitoring suite on the 2net Platform operated by Qualcomm Life Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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