BI Incorporated Renews OMNIA Partners Agreement, Allowing Governmental Agencies to Access Electronic Monitoring Products and Services at Best Value

BOULDER, Colo. BI Incorporated, the U.S. leader for electronic monitoring products and services, has entered an exclusive agreement with OMNIA Partners Public Sector that allows city, county, and state governmental agencies nationwide to contract with BI for its community corrections supervision technologies at competitive prices. Plus, participating agencies save valuable time and effort by skipping the lengthy Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

This exclusive contract was awarded through a competitive solicitation process conducted by the lead public agency, City of Mesa, Ariz., effective May 4, 2022. BI has worked with the City of Mesa previously, supporting the municipal court’s electronic monitoring program with technology and services that create an additional release option for the court.

“Community corrections agencies seek solutions that help them monitor for compliance to conditions of release in the community, and BI offers the breadth of products and services coupled with our extensive experience to make this happen,” said Jock Waldo, Executive Vice President, BI Incorporated. “Agencies that access this cooperative master agreement streamline their procurement process and tap into a wide range of electronic monitoring products and services at best-value pricing.”

BI originally entered this cooperative agreement in 2014, and the number of governmental agencies accessing value pricing through the master agreement has grown significantly to more than 100 governmental agencies.

In addition, BI has responded to changes in community corrections and technology to offer a full continuum of required products and services available under the new agreement. Agencies can access technology products and service options, including GPS tracking, radio frequency (RF) curfew monitoring, alcohol detection, and voice verification systems; call center and monitoring operations services; and software, including smartphone applications.

About BI Incorporated
Established in 1978, BI Incorporated is a wholly owned subsidiary of The GEO Group, Inc. BI offers more than a dozen electronic monitoring systems, including GPS tracking, alcohol detection, and radio frequency monitoring systems to monitor schedules, curfews, and behavior of probationers, parolees, and pretrial defendants in the community. The company has Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) status and manufactures its products at U.S. facilities, employs more than 1,000 highly trained professionals, and produces more than 200,000 electronic monitoring devices annually. For more information, visit www.bi.com.

About OMNIA Partners
OMNIA Partners, Public Sector is the nation’s largest and most experienced cooperative purchasing organization dedicated to public sector procurement. Our immense purchasing power and industry-leading suppliers have produced a comprehensive portfolio of cooperative contracts and partnerships, making OMNIA Partners the most valued and trusted resource for organizations nationwide.

For more information, visit www.OMNIAPartners.com/publicsector

BI Incorporated Celebrates 44 Years!

Founded in 1978, this year marks the 44th anniversary of BI Incorporated. Over the last five decades, the technology landscape has transformed immensely, and BI progressed alongside to enhance community corrections. We are proud of our ability to adapt to change and stay ahead of the game. We understand the challenges agencies and officers face, and BI will continue to deliver effective products and solutions that meet the needs of the electronic monitoring (EM) industry.

Dairy Cow Tagging & Spider-Man™*

It’s hard to believe the concept of community supervision was created from cows and comic books. BI started as an engineering and consulting firm, and during this time, our founders used Radio Frequency (RF) technology to create a feed management system for dairy farmers to increase milk production. When a cow wearing a BI transponder tag approached a feeder reader, the feeder sensor would identify the cow, determine whether the cow had already eaten, and dispense the appropriate amount of feed. RF technology changed the farming landscape, but little was known about its potential effect on the community corrections industry.

In 1977, Judge Jack Love of Albuquerque, New Mexico, read a comic book about a villain that used an EM device to track Spider-Man. The concept stuck with him, and in 1982 he worked with National Incarceration Monitor and Control Services (NIMCOS) to develop an EM prototype. BI acquired NIMCOS in 1984, and the EM industry was born.

The ’80s

The 1980s was a decade of technological advancement. Steve Jobs revealed the first Macintosh computer, Sony developed the Walkman, Nintendo Entertainment became the world’s first gaming system, and the Video Home System (VHS) was created. During this time, BI developed a Home Escort System which enabled agencies to monitor participants via an agency-operated call center. In 1984, we introduced Radio Frequency and voice verification technology to our product line, and later in 1987, the first single-box home receiver was created for participants to be monitored from home.

The ’90s

From Nokia’s first mobile phone to Google.com, a lot of exciting technology emerged that forever changed the way the world communicates. The ‘90s presented several opportunities for BI to expand its products and services. BI acquired the industry’s first EM call center in 1992, and the rapid progression of the internet accelerated our software, GPS, alcohol detection, and RF monitoring solutions.

The Gartner Group introduced Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) which integrates systems under one platform. Following this concept, we developed BI K2® host system, which has since evolved to BI TotalAccess®, a comprehensive software platform which enables agencies to manage supervised individuals from one redundant system.

As the world slowly adapted to the internet, BI capitalized on wireless communication and global positioning satellite (GPS) technologies. In 1996, BI launched a RF cellular home monitoring system, and in 1998, the Company’s first GPS tracking device, BI SkyGuard® 200.

Alcohol-detection technology was also a focus throughout the ’90s. BI Drive-BI® was the first drive-by unit, enabling officers to receive signals from client-worn transmitters via a handheld device. In 1995, we introduced a portable alcohol testing product, BI REACT®, and later in 1999, BI Sobrietor® combined biometric voice verification and fuel-cell technology to detect the presence of alcohol through a deep lung breath sample.

The Millennium

The turn of the century sparked innovation and change across all industries. While the world panicked over Y2K, BI continued to optimize its product line with a new focus on incorporating future-ready technology. In addition, our monitoring software became web-accessible, we introduced BI HomeGuard 206®, a cellular RF device, and created BI TAD®, an ankle-worn transdermal alcohol monitoring device.

Mid-2000s

By 2010, the world grew increasingly mobile. Apple’s iPad hit the market and the rise of 4G networks ushered in a wave of mobile innovation. Technology was progressing at record speed, and BI was at the forefront of adjusting the way EM services were provided., BI launched BI SL2®, a mobile alcohol monitoring device that measures Breath Alcohol Content (BrAC) utilizing biometric facial comparison technology to verify client identity. In 2016, we launched the BI SmartLINK® mobile phone application to place the tools individuals need to be successful and accountable in the palm of their hands.

In addition to mobile technology, analytics and cloud software were no longer a desire, but a necessity. In 2018, BI dedicated resources to update the underlying architecture of TotalAccess to a cloud-based platform and released it as an officer mobile application in 2019.

BI has worked diligently to integrate Long-term Evolution (LTE) technology into its product continuum. The BI LOC8® ankle bracelet became the first GPS tracker to include LTE in 2019. Soon after, BI SL3®, LOC8® XT, and BI HomeGuard® 20|20 were released with LTE technology.

Today

Our 44 years of industry knowledge, our commitment to stay current with technology trends, and our passion to innovate future-ready products makes BI unique. Technology has certainly accelerated our growth and capabilities, and we aren’t slowing down now. While we recognize its impact on our company, technology is only part of our story. It’s with the help of our many dedicated employees and partners, plus the trust agencies have put in us, that we have been able to evolve the industry.

*The Spider-Man trademark is owned by Marvel Characters, Inc, Burbank, CA 91521

BI SmartLINK: Keeping Agencies and Clients Connected During COVID-19

The coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic has impacted the criminal justice world in many unprecedented ways, affecting local, state and federal community supervision, in-custody facilities, treatment providers, and more. This unique and challenging situation is forcing us all to adapt, and community corrections officers are tasked with ensuring that all client or offender supervision requirements are still met and progress is made. A tough ask, right?

In 2017, BI Incorporated (BI) released a client-focused smartphone application named BI SmartLINK®, which serves as both a low-risk supervision application and a communication tool that keeps officers or case managers connected with their clients. This application is installed on a participant’s personal device, and offers the following agency features and client support and engagement tools:

  • Secure, in-app messaging and two-way video conferencing
  • Confirm client location using the optional biometric verification
  • Manage client appointments and meeting reminders through the interactive calendar
  • Approve and manage client schedule changes and requests
  • Upload and view case documents and paperwork
  • View and access local community resources

Prior to COVID-19, BI SmartLINK was utilized by clients across local, state, and federal agencies, but enrollments have increased significantly. The pandemic has prevented community supervision officers and case managers from meeting with their clients in person. However, BI has helped agencies continue interacting with clients through the secure, two-way SmartLINK video conferencing feature. More than 26,000 video conferences were successfully completed by numerous agencies over approximately six weeks.

SmartLINK continues to be recognized by criminal justice professionals as a reliable way to manage, support, and empower low-risk individuals. This application encourages and facilitates a meaningful connection with case managers and participants in a modern, discreet fashion. All data collected by the application is only used by case managers or agency officials to ensure participant compliance in the program. As we all continue to navigate the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, officers, case managers, and clients now have an effective, modern tool to keep them engaged and connected.