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French police weapon storage

STid and the City of Marseille report the first use of Be-Weapon, a police weapons and equipment management product that uses RFID (radio frequency identification).

An inauguration ceremony and media presentation was held at the Plombières weapons storage facility in Marseille, in the presence of Caroline Pozmentier-Sportich, Deputy Mayor of Marseille and Vice President of the PACA Region, who is responsible for Security and Crime Prevention; and Marc Labouz, who is Head of Security for the City of Marseille.

The initiative was launched in 2015 by Marseille City Council, with the aim of streamlining operations and securing people and assets within municipal police weapon storage rooms.

The City Council issued a tender for the development of a computerised tracking system to enable the police force to accurately log movements of weapons and other security equipment in and out of the stores. Marseille selected STid, the French company that offers secure RFID access products. The selection criteria included STid’s expertise in large-scale project management, its “made to measure” identification and tracking products and the firm’s experience in RFID integration.

Caroline Pozmentier-Sportich, Deputy Mayor of Marseille, said: “For an organization like the Marseille Municipal Police Force, we were not just looking for a contractor merely able to meet specifications. The solution needed to offer real user benefits to ensure that officers buy into the new system.”

The product has been fitted at the Plombières pilot site and can now be rolled out to other weapons stores across the city.



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