Tasmania Police Deploy Whispir

The Tasmania Police department has deployed Whispir to aid in quarantine compliance checks within the island state.
Paul Aynscough

As borders start to open up local authorities need to be able to quickly and efficiently manage any spot outbreaks that occur. Many government departments work behind the scenes to coordinate efforts, relying on timely, accurate data. 

Like many other state jurisdictions Whispir is already working with, the cloud-communications platform is deployed to aid the Tasmania Dept of Health and Tasmania Police Tas e-travel registration system for incoming visitors allowed travel to the island state. 

In particular, the Whispir platform is helping Police ensure everyone subject to quarantine conditions complies with their obligations for the safety of the Tasmanian community. Helping the state to reopen responsibly. 

Since late March, Tasmania Police has conducted upwards of 36,000 physical checks of those required to home quarantine. This has only been achieved through the support from volunteers within the State Emergency Service, Tasmania Fire Service and up until May, the Australian Defence Force.

“Recent events in Victoria show there has never been a more important time to reassure the Tasmanian community that Tasmania Police are ensuring that those entering our state who are required to home quarantine, are compliant with their obligations,” Acting Inspector John Toohey said.

“To further support physical checking across the State, Tasmania Police has consulted across Tasmania and abroad to locate a suitable application that would support a technology-based compliance checking model.”

Tasmania police are using Whispir's SMS capability in conjunction with mobile phone location services to pinpoint the location of a phone, therefore the location of the person subject to home quarantine.  It requires the person to opt-in and does not live track the person but provides a map image when the link within the SMS is pressed.

“The use of the tool does not replace physical checking. It’s being implemented to increase checks being conducted, making sure everyone subject to quarantine conditions is complying with their obligations, for the safety of the Tasmanian community.”