When the society we live in get more complex, advanced and centralized, we face new risks that previously were in the history of time just plain hidden. I believe that we have to always consider the risks, costs, pros and cons of any tech development we have right now. This is the reason why I see it admirable for Securus Technologies to catch up with the advancements in tech, and make sure that its threats and risks are well addressed. In the attempt for Securus Tech to find remedies for these new risks, it is now advancing itself towards developing anti-drone technology that can disrupt third-party drones that hover over prison facilities.
The Danger of Drones
When drones work positively, they’re a fantastic way to get awesome shots of panoramic views. When they’re used for harmful purposes, expect that they can damage the society. Right now, the threats that face Securus Technologies is that the drones from malicious parties hover above prisons and drop off dangerous packages, such as guns, drugs or worse, cell phones. I believe that these are some of the most dangerous items that can get inside such facilities because when the people in prisons have access to these, they can contact people from the outside and cause a significant amount of harm. Illegal contraband right now is some of the most dangerous items that can threaten the stability of any prison, and all the efforts that the government can do should be done to prevent these from happening.
Challenges of Drone Tech
Right now, the anti-drone tech by Securus has already cost a few million dollars just to get them right. Using a digital antenna structure (DAS) system, which is similar to the Wireless Containment Solutions of Securus, the company is able to address these mentioned drone threats. It’s more effective to prevent crimes from happening using such anti-drone tech than dealing with the remedies when the damage already hits. With the series of trial and errors and clinical trials that Securus has set in place, there’s now more stability in the program and issues like hidden risks and costs inherent in a tech that’s still new would not be as pervasive as they were.
The Stevie Awards
We already all know that Securus Technologies remains to be an outstanding tech-enabled solution provider for civil justice programs in the government. Their solutions have all been proven and effective, no doubt about that, but I believe what makes Securus stand out even more, is their 2018 Stevie Awards for outstanding performance in Sales and Customer service. With such awards, it’s easy to see how the company is diligent in providing the best solutions for the country’s justice and security issues today.
It is crucial that cell phones are kept away from inmates who can use them to orchestrate crimes on the outside. Point and case for the reason why occurred in 2010 when a Lee Correctional Institution employee name Robert Johnson was targeted to be killed in his own home. Johnson had been serving in the capacity of confiscating contraband from prisoners, and two week prior to the shooting, he had been a part of efforts that led to the interception of a package that a gang in prison valued at $50,000. Johnson was shot six times in his hallway but made a miracle recovery after.
The convicted of the shooting was Sean Echols, and the contract to kill Robert Johnson was made with Echols over a cell phone that an inmate used on a reloadable Greendot card. While Johnson survived, he is in constant pain and he has undergone 23 surgeries. Johnson isn’t the only case where inmates coordinated hits through a cell phone. Another example was the murder of a nine month old baby that was put together through a cell phone from a prison in Georgia. Instead of giving up, Johnson works with Securus Technologies as a consultant, and the company has built a Containment System that puts a stop to the use of cell phones by inmates.
Securus Technologies is a leader in the industry of criminal justice tech solutions that keep the public safe, and it is looking to expand its Wireless Containment Solution (WCS). Recently, another installation of its technology is keeping illegal contraband cell phones from being able to reach a commercial mobile network inside of prisons and jails. The technology not only keeps cell phones from illegally accessing a network, but it also can identify the identity of the cell phone in question. Some cell phone providers did try to manage access in prisons but were unable to do so due to a lack of cutting edge technology and experience. Other solutions like identifying cell phone signals did nothing to prevent crimes being committed through them. WCS has achieved what every other company has failed to do achieve, and that is keeping working cell phones out of the hands of inmates.
Securus Technologies is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and works with over 3,450 law enforcement and corrections agencies and public safety groups all over North America. It offers a spread of products that keep people inside and outside of prisons or other kinds of correctional facilities safe. The company also works to keep friends and families connected with their incarcerated loved ones in a safe and efficient way. CEO of Securus Technologies, Rick Smith, has committed himself to continuing the work that he feels like he was put on Earth to do and sees a future where more safety measures are implemented.
Richard “Rick” Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technologies Inc. is simply one of the titans of the prison technology industry. Unlike many other businessmen, he is also not just a corporate drone. Smith actually has extensive experience in the engineering field, therefore increasing his effectiveness in the technology sector. Rick Smith actually earned an Associate’s Degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology, a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Brockport, a Master’s Degree in Engineering from the State University of New York and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Rochester. Read more about Rick on Bloomberg.com.
His professional resume also shows that he is committed to his businesses through his tenures in various positions throughout several companies. He has been the President of companies like Securus Technologies and Eschelon Telecom (where he also previously served as Chief Financial Officer). Smith has also attained various other positions in both Securus Technologies and Global Crossing North America Inc. As far as board memberships are concerned, Smith is previously served on the board of Eschelon Telecom and currently serves on the board of Integra Telecom Co Ltd.
Securus Technologies Inc., the company that Rick Smith has helped achieve great success, is an innovator in prison technologies. The company specializes in various communication technologies that allow prison inmates to converse and interact with the outside world. Not only has Securus provided prisons with audio communication technology but also technologically advanced video calling systems. These types of communications are actually performed by placing calls to the Securus system or by using Securus’ innovative mobile application. According to Wikipedia
While the technologies that Securus provides have already spread to countless prisons, Rick Smith aspires to have Securus Technologies’ products in every single prison in the United States. Smith states that his reason for having this goal is not just his company’s success but also allowing prison inmates to have better access to communication with their friends and family. By examining Rick Smith’s innovation and empathy towards those who need his products, it is abundantly clear why both Rick Smith Securus have succeeded in their industry.
Securus Technologies is an American corporation that is recognized for the outstanding technology-based products that it has developed. The company has currently specialized in serving correctional facilities, and its main customers are located in the United States and Canada. Since 1986, the firm he developed an excellent patent portfolio that cannot be matched by its competitors. Securus Technologies has won contracts to offer its technology in more than 3450 facilities and connects over 1.2 million prisoners with their loved ones. The Dallas-based company is served by over 1000 employees, and it has offices in Allen, Atlanta, and Carrollton. The technology that it offers is essential for conducting activities such as communication, monitoring, investigation, and corrections in the prisons.
Over the years the business has made major mergers and acquisitions that have enabled it to grow in the inmate communication industry. The firm absorbed T-Netix and Everom, which were recognized as top companies in the inmate communication industry. In June 2007, Securus also completed the acquisition of a leading offender management systems developer that was known as Syscon Justice.
Securus Technologies is appreciated in the industry for being the first inventor of a system that is used the detecting and eliminating contraband phones in the prisons. The company also boasts of a Management Access Solution that it currently offers to five penitentiaries that are managed by the Department of Correction. Another major product of that Securus has developed is the Wireless Containment Solution, which is an excellent technology that is used in hindering illegal phones in the prisons from accessing the general network. The company also worked closely with Harris Corporation to launch the Cell Defender technology in July 2016.
Mid last year, the company informed the public that it had invested $600 million within three years in its acquisitions, patents, and development of new technology. The main products that have been established by the firm are for data analytics, jail management systems, outsourced investigation services, wireless contraband elimination, video visitation, wireless tracking, inmate communications, and mobile device monitoring. An additional $100 million was invested by the enterprise in the past five years in the development of the secure calling platform. The modern technology that Securus uses enables it to connect over 400 million calls in a year.
The company was motivated to make the $700 million investment by its determination to become a top service provider to the corrections industry. It has been ensuring that its products and services are highly efficient, affordable, and secure. The technologies that have been invented by Securus act as an excellent link between the prisoners and their loved ones. Research indicates that constant communication with the outside world greatly assists in improving the behaviors of the inmates.