COSTA MESA, Calif. , Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Astrata Group (OTC Bulletin Board: ATTG) today announced that it began first deliveries on the Senegal -based Cotecna Group SA project, following the contract award received from the company in May 2008 .
Geneva -based Cotecna Group SA, is a world leading trade inspection, security and certification company. Cotecna is deploying Astrata's technology in the transit monitoring system for the Government of Senegal's Customs operation.
The program incorporates both Astrata's fixed tracking units, and a variant, which requires no installation work - called the 'Rapid Deployment Unit' or RDU. Alongside Cotecna's Transit Monitoring and Traceability solution, the devices facilitate remote monitoring of the movement of vehicles transporting goods.
Pat Ellis , Astrata's Regional Director for Europe and Africa is delighted with this milestone. "Astrata has been working intensely with Cotecna for the past few months to ensure that the execution of this complex program is precise. Having completely developed a new product for this application, I believe this is a very good global showcase of the company's R&D ability."
"Astrata is one of a few providers in this marketplace who can reap the rewards of owning the supply chain from concept through to production in both hardware and software defense technology. The Senegal project is a testament to our ability to re-engineer proven technology to tough deadlines." Ellis said.
Michel Lagarde , Cotecna's Vice President Institutional Business Department / Customs Support Unit, agreed that "it was a pivotal point in the contract, and that it is good to begin to see the tangible results of several months of hard work."
Under the terms of the contract, transit vehicles will be equipped with Astrata's RDU tracking devices while surveillance and intervention vehicles will be equipped with GLP100i tracking devices. Both solutions are capable of detecting a vehicle's exact location and are equipped with a communication module, which transmits data concerning the vehicle's position, speed, direction and reports on predefined events to a remote control station. This information enables Senegal's Customs Department to enforce compliance with transit regulations and rapidly detect and react to any abnormal behavior occurring while in route, such as prolonged vehicle immobilization or deviation from an authorized route.
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Astrata Group, Inc., (OTC BB: ATTG) is headquartered in Costa Mesa California . The Company is focused on advanced location-based IT services and solutions (telematics) that combine GPS positioning, wireless communications (satellite or terrestrial) and geographical information technology, which together enable businesses and institutions to monitor, trace as well as control the movement and status of machinery, vehicles, personnel or other assets. Astrata has designed, developed, manufactured and currently supports ten generations of telematics systems with units deployed worldwide.
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