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Wednesday 9th July, 2008



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Trinidad Guardian 7.9.08

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Trinidad Press on News Conference/Presentation that I gave in Port of Spain, Trinidad. July 2008

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Trinidad Guardian 7.9.08

  1. 1. Wednesday 9th July, 2008 Infant security bands coming soon Home News Business Sports Finance Editorial Commentary Features Entertainment VOX POP Daily Cartoons Law made simple Sports Arena Womanwise Business Guardian Letters Online Community Death Notices Grace Preston representative of Secure Care (seated) wears the Advertising Kinderguard and it is inspected by employees of Amalgamated Classified Ads Security Services Limited, from left, Ramdhanie Siewsander, Elvis Jobs in T&T Contact Us Franco and Richard Ali. PHOTO: KEITH MATTHEWS Archives Privacy Policy BY URVASHI TIWARI-ROOPNARINE Months after baby Jeremiah Henry was abducted from the Mt Hope Maternity Hospital, paediatric security tags have been introduced on the local market. Henry was snatched on November 16, 2007 and Health Minister Jerry Narace promised any recurrence of the nature would be prevented as Regional Health Authorities would be outfitted with infant security bands. It was revealed at a subsequent update of the 100-day Health Intervention Programme no RHA could implement the new initiative as a provider could not be sourced. Amalgamated Security Services saw the need for the device and went one step further by tendering for the security tag. Financial director of Amalgamated, John Aboud said: “Arising out of a very clear need we are the first security company to introduce to Trinidad and Tobago our principal range of products that is highly specialised and focuses on dealing with the ugly but real threat of infant abduction from our medical facilities.” Already the company has won the tender to supply the Eastern Regional Health Authority— the Sangre Grande Hospital—with the system. The system would be handed over within the next month, Aboud said as he introduced the technology at a conference at the Crowne Plaza yesterday.
  2. 2. Amalgamated approached New Hampshire, USA- based manufacturer Secure Care for their range of security products which include KinderGUARD for infant and paediatric protection, MatchMAKER for matching mothers to babies and Wandering Resident Monitoring Solutions. Secure Care representative Grace Preston, said at the function the tags could be disinfected and re-used but had a nine-month life span. While she had not yet visited the local facilities, Preston assured that the physical layout would not affect the capabilities of the system as each was customised. When questioned on the percentage error with matching babies to mothers, Preston replied: “I don’t have data the tag is programmed to panel. We don’t have any indication but hospitals tend to be quiet if they run into errors and they are not reported back to us.” Representatives from other RHAs who were in the audience indicated interest in the product, they however desired additional facilities like the tracking of infants. Preston replied that the system was not intended as a tracking device but was conceived to supplement the regular hospital operations. She added that physical security would have to design a plan to deal with the breaches when detected. When questioned by a paediatric doctor of the NCRHA, Preston assured that the devices worked on a frequency which had proven not to tamper with other medical machinery. Since Amalgamated sent technicians to Secure Care for training, Preston said any problems would be aptly handled by the firm and malfunctioning systems should be able to be repaired within a few hours. How Kinderguard works Security tags are clasped around the ankles of newborns by a trained nurse Each tag has a unique identity Tags can only be tightened not lengthened (as infants lose weight during first few days) If the infant is taken beyond a specified area where a detector is placed, an alarm will sound The system also has the ability to lock doors preventing the abductor from proceeding further Detectors placed in sequence will indicate each breach and the movement of abductor Tags must be deactivated and removed by a trained nurse If tags are cut or tampered with an alarm will sound The tags and detectors work in tandem with software which can profile each tagged infant by name, picture, room location etc. When the system is breached software users can see where the breach was made via user friendly interface

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