Sheriff’s Office Brings GUARDIAN RFID System to Detention Facility

Published on July 11, 2023

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ARLINGTON, Va. — The Arlington County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO), along with M.C. Dean, an electrical engineering and systems integration firm, has signed an agreement to deploy GUARDIAN RFID. They are the global leader in officer experience platforms (OXPs) and inmate tracking systems to optimize the delivery of services to inmates, streamline accountability and transparency, and maximize the agency’s compliance objectives in the Arlington County Detention Facility (ACDF).

The ACDF has an average daily population of 300 inmates and is renowned for being one of the most technically advanced direct supervision jails in the country. Officials in corrections come from around the world to routinely visit the ACDF as it is the first urban, high-rise jail run in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Arlington County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with M.C. Dean, has made a concerted effort to modernize its technology to create a safer, more secure environment for inmates and staff. M.C. Dean supported the ACDF in determining a final decision.

Where staff once had to manually track inmate activities and movements on paper, ACDF deputies and supervisors will now be deploying SPARTAN 3, the ultra-rugged Android from GUARDIAN RFID running Mobile Command software. The ACDF is also deploying hardened RFID tags strategically located throughout the facility to automate a wide range of data collection and reporting, including security checks and cell checks, headcounts, meal and recreation offerings, and a wide range of other inmate activity logging at the point of responsibility. M.C. Dean will maintain these systems.

"My responsibility as sheriff is to those detained in our facility, but also to our deputies and the community at large," said Arlington County Sheriff Jose Quiroz. "Real-time visibility and data on inmate and deputy activities allows us to uphold that responsibility and quickly mitigate any safety or security risks, for the benefit of all."

The ACDF will also be using Operational Intelligence, the business intelligence layer of GUARDIAN RFID, to measure what they manage: security round performance at staggered intervals, anomalous patterns of inmate behavior, and more. Operational Intelligence will help ACDF proactively pinpoint areas of operational strength and improvement in real time.

The deployment of GUARDIAN RFID integrates with ACDF’s New World Systems jail management system from Tyler Technologies and facility-wide Wi-Fi. 

About M.C. Dean

M.C. Dean designs, builds, operates, and maintains cyber physical solutions for the nation’s most recognizable mission critical facilities, secure environments, complex infrastructure, and global enterprises. M.C. Dean’s capabilities include electrical, electrical security, telecommunications, life safety, automation and controls, audio visual, and IT systems. The company is headquartered in Tysons, Virginia and employs more than 5,100 professionals who engineer and deploy automated, secure, and resilient power and technology systems; and deliver the management platforms essential for long term system sustainability.


GUARDIAN RFID is a public safety technology company whose mission is to protect America’s Thin Gray Line: the 480,000 correctional officers protecting our nation’s jails and prisons. They help officers better execute the care, custody, and control mission-set through modern Cloud, mobile, RFID, and AI technologies that enable real-time situational awareness.

About Arlington County Sheriff’s Office 

The Arlington County Sheriff’s Office is a Nationally Accredited Law Enforcement Agency located in Northern Virginia. The ACSO staff is approximately 270 sworn and civilian staff who serve a county population of almost 200,000 residents.  A Deputy Sheriff performs duties in corrections, inmate transportation, civil process service, and courtroom/courthouse security.

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