Supporting guards in asset ­protection

June 2017 Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection, Asset Management, EAS, RFID, Education (Industry)

The security requirements of a Free State high school included evening patrols of its perimeter fence and access points to the school building.

To effectively meet the school’s needs, two security officers were deployed with Active Track devices and RFID tags were installed at various points along the patrol routes – including all entrances to the school building. The devices were a suitable means to protect the assets and persons located on the premises given the Active Track’s GPS, GSM and RFID capabilities, panic and duress functions, and dedicated support of a 24-hour call centre.

During the first few months of implementing the patrol routes, one of the officers found a door ajar when scanning the door’s RFID tag with the Active Track. Upon closer inspection, the door was being held open by a wad of paper.

In reaction to this finding, the officer pressed the Active Track’s panic button. The trigger set off an alarm in the 24-hour call centre which placed a silent call through to the Active Track device to listen in on the scene. The officer quietly explained his findings to the call centre agent, in response to which the agent notified the guarding company of its officer’s comments and provided it with the officer’s precise GPS location. This prompted the dispatch of a reaction vehicle to the school.

While the vehicle was on its way, the officer entered the building in an attempt to apprehend any intruders. On entering one of the laboratories, it was apparent that it had been looted, and that the culprits had escaped with equipment through a window. The officer activated the Active Track’s call-me function, and reported the robbery to the call centre.

Having been updated en route, the reaction vehicle traversed the area while the two officers scoured the grounds on foot. Within minutes, one of the officers found a bag hidden in the bushes, containing expensive-looking laboratory equipment and supplies. He activated the Active Track’s call-me function and described his discovery.

Meanwhile, the reaction vehicle came across two men running in the opposite direction of the school, with a similar bag in tow. The men were stopped, questioned and apprehended. The police were notified, and arrived on the scene to take the men in for questioning.

At the request of the police, the call centre provided it with the data of that evening’s patrols, including the GPS locations of the RFID tags, the patrol point check-in times, and the GPS routes travelled by the officers. With the help of this data, the police pinpointed the time of the robbery, determined the route most likely travelled by the intruders, and concluded that the culprits had had inside help in the form of keeping the door open.

For more information contact Active Track, +27 (0)11 551 1687,,


Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

Intruder detection is becoming smarter and more mobile
May 2019, Elvey Security Technologies , Regal Distributors SA , Editor's Choice, Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection
Alongside the new technologies continually being developed, existing technologies are being co-opted into not only performing an intrusion detection role, but combatting that bane of the electronic security industry: false alarms.

Active Track
Securex Preview 2019, Active Track , Products
Active Track is showcasing current and new guard monitoring and visitor management systems, as well as a virtual Active Track and an intelligent messaging system. Come and experience the new applications ...

Local manufacturing from Hissco International
May 2019, Hissco , Editor's Choice, Asset Management, EAS, RFID, News
Hissco International recently announced it has set up a local manufacturing partnership that will supply X-ray equipment to partners around the world.

Effective intruder detection: more important than ever
May 2019, Powell Tronics , Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection, Products
While intruder detection systems abound, not all solutions are created equal. Ensuring that their intruder detection system is with them for the long haul is something that all end-users desire.

Outdoor sensor with anti-masking
May 2019, HiTek Security Distributors , Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection
The Viper, made by Duevi, is an exterior sensor integrating technologies such as active anti-masking, Redsense digital analysis algorithm and a simple walk-test mode.

HD PIR camera with strobe light
May 2019, Hikvision South Africa , Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
Hikvision’s Turbo HD passive infrared (PIR) camera uses advanced video surveillance technologies to capture infrared light given off by human bodies.

Intelligent ceiling detector
May 2019, Regal Distributors SA , Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection, Products, Agriculture (Industry)
The RISCO Industrial LuNAR Grade 3 is an intelligent ceiling detector with bidirectional remote control, a mounting height of up to 8,6 m and a coverage area of up to 18 m in diameter.

Outdoor detector with low false alarm rate
May 2019, Regal Distributors SA , Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection, Products
The RISCO wired Beyond detector is the company’s next generation in outdoor detection, featuring an updated, sleek design.

Visual intruder and perimeter security
May 2019, Secutel Technologies , Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection
Using surveillance cameras for intruder detection and perimeter security is possible with intelligent systems.

Combine technologies for effective intruder detection
May 2019, Vox Telecom , Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring
One does not need to break the bank when securing valuables, but rather have the right mix of various layers of technology.