Since 2005, SPARK has partnered with Houston-based Satellite Tracking of People (STOP) to help grow their company into a market-leader in secure, offender tracking devices. SPARK has assisted STOP in the development of a full line of BLU (Best Location Unit) ankle bracelet products and accessories, and continues to work with STOP on their ever-expanding range of products.
“We have worked with SPARK for years… What attracted me most is that they were passionate and treat you like a person, not a number. Their responsiveness and understanding of products really stands out and I’ve always had good experiences working with them.”
-Stephen Freathy (Vice President of Engineering, Satellite Tracking of People)
BLU PRODUCT FAMILY
Used in law enforcement, it is essential that STOP’s BLU ankle bracelets are extremely rugged and durable. Its clipping system has to be tamper resistant, tamper evident, and easy for officers to implement in the field.
SPARK first began working with STOP by making smaller improvements to their early designs. Initial successes led to SPARK redesigning all three of their flagship bracelet products to include near-bulletproof enclosures, an innovative strap securing system, and an absolutely tamper-proof, 3-step over-mold solution for waterproofing.
SPARK’s ability to seamlessly integrate with STOP’s internal and external resources has allowed STOP to focus on growing their business, knowing that product development is in trusted, capable hands.
Thanks to the success of the BLU family of products, SPARK has become STOP’s mechanical engineering and design partner. This has included everything from a cost reducing redesign of the BLU+, improved security features, and charging accessories for the entire line of ankle bracelets.
As STOP remains focused on their market-leading satellite tracking technology, SPARK will continue to collaborate and innovate on future projects. SPARK’s ability to seamlessly integrate with STOP’s internal and external resources has allowed STOP to focus on growing their business, knowing that product development is in trusted, capable hands.
NEW PRODUCTS, NEW MARKETS
While STOP ventures into new solutions for helping police and parole officers track and control repeat, or dangerous, offenders, SPARK is also expanding their capabilities in assisting with product development.
In 2016 SPARK worked with STOP on the ground-up design of a new breath alcohol tester. Working around only a circuit board, SPARK developed an industrial design direction for the new product, refined the its ergonomics, and eventually created tool-ready parts for production.
STOP’s latest product builds upon their strong foundation in electronic location and tracking. The SoberTrack is a breath alcohol level tester for serious offenders. The ruggedized, water-resistant enclosure incorporates a camera and LCD screen so parole officers can monitor and track the offender’s behavior over time, and confirm that tests are being performed by the proper individual.
With new products still in the development, SPARK and STOP will continue to deliver premium, durable, and secure products that out-innovate the competition.