Wednesday 9th July, 2008
Infant security bands coming soon
Law made simple
Grace Preston representative of Secure Care (seated) wears the
Kinderguard and it is inspected by employees of Amalgamated
Security Services Limited, from left, Ramdhanie Siewsander, Elvis
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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
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.
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
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
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
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