Norway Prison Alarm Handling

Kongsvinger Prison

A prison in Norway have decided to use ZONITH to further security measures for guards on site. This prison holds 97 male prisoners at a time, 49 of whom need to be kept in high-security custody. It is part of the Norwegian Correctional Service comprising 5 regions and 3826 prisoners.

The facility was built in 2012 with a focus on protecting security guards from the outset. First and foremost, they were looking to provide guards with radio devices to raise alarms and open lines of communication should a situation arise. They also wanted to know the position of their staff, no matter where they were on-site.


  • Deploy a panic alarm system throughout facility.

  • Track staff throughout all buildings.

  • Track staff equally in the outdoor areas.

  • Display alarms visually to security.

The Solution

Manage and dispatch panic alarms

ZONITH Alarm Control System (ACS) is a software platform that was configured to listen to alarms raised from DMR radios, and dispatch these alarms via text to security. This software can receive and transmit alarm from any source. Furthermore, it can dispatch alarms to various types of media, giving this prison the ability to expand the solution in the future.

Indoor Positioning System

ZONITH has installed 100 Bluetooth Beacons throughout the facility to provide room-level indoor positioning accuracy of staff carrying Bluetooth enabled devices. Each device can therefore be recognized and receive a personal nam. Thus, the system would show not only a device in a specific location but the identity of the staff member holding that device.

GPS outdoor positioning

As soon as a staff member carrying a DMR handset leaves the building, the device will seamlessly switch to GPS tracking to cover staff in outdoor areas. Furthermore, ZONITH created GPS Geo-Fences to enable more specific outdoor locations when an alarm is raised, such as ‘parking lot’ or ‘exercise yard’.

Alarm Display

All alarms can show up graphically via a touch screen device in the guards room. When an alarm arises a map will pop-up showing the location of the source, whether indoors or outdoors. Due to this in an emergency situation this gives security and management the ability to very quickly and easily locate all staff on-site.

Key Benefits

  • Increases staff safety throughout entire prison.

  • Allows alarm handling and positioning from one radio device.

  • Staff are visible anywhere and anytime.

  • Both indoor and outdoor alarms show up graphically on one map in the guard tower.

  • The system logs in all the alarms for post incident reporting.

  • Offers a cost-effective option for an all-in-one solution.

"Working with the management team, ZONITH deployed an alarm handling software solution using both Bluetooth and GPS technology with Motorola radios."


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