After the deaths in Benghazi, the State Dept is looking to update a nine-year-old tracking system that keeps tabs on its foreign staff. The new implementation will use transmissions from mobile devices including cell and satellite phones, use Oracle products, show locatoins on Google Earth, Esri tech and FalconView and be capable of alerting staff when they cros geofences. The procurement requires a company with Top Secret clearance to build and maintain the system.
State already has a system, from Thermopylae Sciences and Technology, for diplomatic staff in Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen. It uses beacons attached to cars and people.
- InformationWeek via @gisjourno