Local company debuts on CSI: Miami’s season premiere

By Christine Wolstenholme

Actsoft Inc., a local company in Tampa that creates wireless data products combined with GPS applications, showcased its newest product, the House Arrest Solution ankle bracelet, on CSI: Miami’s season premiere on Sept. 24.

The House Arrest Solution ankle bracelet is Actsoft’s newest product.  The high tech item keeps track of the wearer’s location and notifies authorities if the wearer has been drinking.

“When someone consumes alcohol, the body produces Ethanol, which is permitted through the skin.  Censors on the ankle bracelet detect the omissions of alcohol through the skin and send an alert to authorities,” said Kevin Thigpen, Vice President of Business Development at Actsoft Inc.

The company, located at 8910 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, designed the HAS bracelet to be worn by offenders on probation, and to be a cost effective alternative to the high costs associated with incarceration.  The product contains a patented Bluetooth Alcohol Sensor Ankle Bracelet, a Bluetooth Enabled Wireless Handset, a wireless network for data transmission and HAS software applications.

The product also has the ability to store events and alerts in a history file.  Agency personnel will be alerted when an offender steps out of range or violates a condition set by those personnel, for example, a pedophile cannot go within 2,000 feet of a school or mall.

The HAS bracelet is distributed all over the country, some Florida distributors include, A & S Corporation, Nickel Bail Bonds and Second Watch.  Actsoft officially launched the HAS project in April 2007, but research and development had already been going on for three years.

“We wanted to take advantage of integrating active GPS with the ability to detect alcohol.  And we’re the first product that combines the two.” Thigpen said.

Writers from CSI saw an article about Actsoft’s new product and wanted to create a show based on the HAS bracelet.  On the season’s first episode, teenager Kyle Harmon was busted when the HAS bracelet sent an alert to notify his parole officer that he had been drinking.  Authorities then used the ankle bracelet’s GPS system to track him down.

“The CSI episode was tremendous with the exposure we received.  We received a number of inquiries, sales leads and business opportunities,” said Thigpen, who expects to see a significant growth in sales over the next 6-12 months.

Actsoft’s other major product is the Comet Tracker, which allows GPS enabled mobile phones to be turned into remote data collection and validation tools for businesses.  The Comet Tracker has a “Time Keeping” device, which allows mobile workers to clock in and out of shifts, as well as a “Location Tracking” device, which enables dispatchers to locate the closest worker to the jobsite, and a “Task and Data Management” device, which uses barcode scanning for inventory management.

Actsoft is currently working on a new project: developing technology that will allow them to create a drug-detecting bracelet.  “The bracelet will detect use of marijuana, cocaine, Meth, and eventually heroine.  It will allow overcrowded prisons to have an alternative to incarceration.” Thigpen said.  The bracelet will also save a lot of money when it comes to randomly drug testing people.

For more information visit www.actsoft.com, call (813) 936-2331 or for toll free sales call 888-732-6638.  

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4 Responses to “Local company debuts on CSI: Miami’s season premiere”

  1. usfadvancedreporting Says:

    This could almost read like a news release to me, but the writing is still well done.

  2. usfadvancedreporting Says:

    Awkward for a profile, but I think that was partially because it was on a business and not a person. Because it was a business, I agree and understand how it could be seen as a press release.

  3. usfadvancedreporting Says:

    Good news piece. You could have used imagery and more descriptions of the staff to make it seem more like a profile story. – Court H

  4. usfadvancedreporting Says:

    interesting topic, not a profile story though

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