|An executive sits comfortably while his limousine motors through the city. As he checks his company's latest stock prices, he never notices the black SUVs that bracket his limo...until the car rolls to a stop and the doors open.|
Three days later his company receives a ransom demand.
A bad movie? Unfortunately, not. In a world facing the real threats of terrorism, drug violence and kidnapping, high-level American, Japanese and Taiwanese business executives, diplomats and other VIPs turn to Aktapur Consulting Services for protection.
Aktapur Consulting Services is a minority-owned, veteran-operated business specializing in effective security, training and security consulting for corporate clients, militaries, governments and responsible citizens. The company is headquartered in Sierra Vista, Arizona with an office in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.
This is not the glamorous world of James Bond. Rather, it's a world where highly trained assets daily perform essential protective services like defensive/evasive driving, facility and security vulnerability assessments, kidnap/ransom/extortion mediation, and training federal, military and protective operations personnel in tactically-challenging situations.
"Obviously, one of our fundamental requirements is keeping track of our assets in the field," states an Aktapur executive who wishes to remain anonymous for security reasons. "In the old days, this was done primarily by radio. We weren't tracking assets as much as periodically locating them. In an emergency, a driver might be so involved avoiding a threat, he or she didn't have time to use the radio, so we were somewhat in the dark about what was happening. If a client were kidnapped, it was often too late to do anything but wait for the ransom call.
"We had looked into several GPS vehicle tracking packages, but they weren't of great help because an essential part of our business is covert operations...and it's difficult to be covert when there's a large GPS device sitting on the dashboard where everyone can see it."
Aktapur wanted an advanced GPS tracking device that provided covert security and tracked field assets with up-to-the-second accuracy.
Finding A Solution:
"We looked at three or four different companies," the executive explains, "and we found LiveViewGPS was the only solution that actually did what they claimed. Plus they were very price competitive.
"One of the major factors in our decision was the ability to track all our vehicles in one-second intervals, something the other companies we evaluated couldn't match. This is essential to us because this turn-by-turn accuracy gives us the ability to pinpoint a location with nine feet. Such accuracy means a world of difference when lives are at stake.
"A major benefit we discovered after the purchase was their excellent service. Whenever we need them they're quick on the spot."
LiveViewGPS Vehicle Tracking:
What makes LiveViewGPS different from other companies is their new Live Trac Platform. This next-generation, real-time vehicle tracking system features 1-, 5- and 10-second vehicle tracking on highly sensitive GPS receivers that work in environments where other GPS units fail.
The Live Trac GPS Platform, with reliable 99.9 percent server uptime, requires no software to install. System updates are free, and live support is built into the platform. Users log on via their web-enabled computer or mobile device and, once connected, can track multiple vehicles in real time on a high-resolution satellite map, set geofencing or zones, find addresses, see aerial or road map views and view historical data up to 90 days. A personal dashboard allows users to set and manage mapping, reporting and alert features to meet business or personal needs.
With the LiveViewGPS devices in place, Aktapur now offers its clients an advanced software/hardware system to track human and vehicle assets. Configured for Executive Protection, GeoTrack gives team leaders and headquarters the exact location of all assets in a threat area, which can be accessed by cellular phones and also via Aktapur's software interface and web portal.
GeoTrack's 24/7 monitoring service manages response plans and coordinates with local, state and federal law enforcement as well as the military, which greatly enhances the company's reaction time.
"GeoTrack provides our clients with an extra dimension of security," the executive continues. "If a driver determines his vehicle is under assault, he hits a panic button that immediately alerts us so we can enact a response plan.
"We also use geofencing to establish safe zones, so if one of our vehicles exits a zone, again we can enact a response plan if required."
Since Aktapur knows the vehicle's exact position, it can launch an intercept plan. If the assailants leaving the vehicle on the street or in a parking lot attempt to escape by foot, agents know exactly where to start their search. The aim is to thwart all such threats before they escalate into a dangerous situation and, if possible, nab the culprits.
To document their efforts, Aktapur offers clients a range of reports detailing routes taken, stops, amount of time spent at stops, whether the vehicle was somewhere it shouldn't be, and more. Data uploaded to LiveViewGPS' new plotter program allows managers to analyze information by day, week or year.
"In the world in which we operate, having an effective GPS solution is a given," the executive concludes. "The question, of course, is whether you have the right solution. With LiveViewGPS we're confident we can deliver the high level of protection our clients expect. When you consider we're saving lives, the cost of a GPS solution is a small price to pay."