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Prisons annual conference

Among exhibitors at the International Corrections & Prisons Association (ICPA)’s annual conference, in Buenos Aires from October 27 to November 1, is the key management product company Traka. It’s presenting a new product for distributing medications within prisons.

Exhibiting with the prison and corrections software applications firm Unilink, Traka will be demonstrating its specialist Medication Distribution Lockers. Visitors to the stand will be able to see how the locker can be accessed in a controlled manner, via biometric fingerprint by authorised prisoners, backed with audit control reporting.

Says Tom Smith of Traka UK: “A significant proportion of prisoners rely on medication, but with increasing pressures within an already sensitive environment, many experience problems getting the medication they require. This situation is causing an unsafe environment not just for prisoners but for all involved, including prison officers and healthcare professionals.

“To tackle these challenges, Traka partnered with Unilink to create a bespoke locker solution for distributing medications safely, securely and accurately. At ICPA, we will be able to show how the solution can help healthcare professionals to load medications into specific compartments that can then be accessed at a convenient time by prisoners.”

The makers add that the lockers have been designed as a scaleable solution with compartment identification to simplify distribution and reduce risks, as well as including ‘burst all doors’ to allow quick loading of medication. Lockers have been designed with randomised compartment allocation, capability to remove prisoner finger print to prevent stashing, and an audible alarm to alert if compartment doors are left open.

Francis Toye, CEO of Unilink added: “Traka’s intelligent technology, when combined with our software and the combined knowledge of custodial services, presents a powerful solution to a difficult challenge faced by all prison facilities, in safe delivery of medication. We’re delighted to now be presenting our solution at ICPA and welcome visitors to experience how it can improve health and well being of a prison population.”


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