Securus Technologies is an industry leader in the creation and installment of prison security technology in prisons, correctional facilities and for correctional officers. The company is based in Dallas, Texas and is the leader in this technology throughout all of North America. The company works with over 2,000 institutions and employs over one thousand people. Securus Technologies’ Chief Executive Officer, Rick Smith, shared in a recent news article that not a single week goes by that his team does not either create a new technology or makes a major adjustment or improvement to a piece of technology that the company currently offers.
Securus Technologies offers such technologies as products that can track cell phones in order to find criminals and put them behind bars. For example, the company once helped a Sheriff’s Department to locate nearly a million dollars’ worth of stolen guns, drugs and laundered money. This technology is essential to keep our law enforcement on the edge of technology.
However, perhaps the most essential technology that Securus Technologies has created involves combating the rising threat of contraband cell phones being smuggled into prisons. Smuggled cell phones are one of the biggest rising threats to security in prisons and an even bigger threat to those outside of prisons. One such case involves a prisoner contracting a hit on someone outside that went horribly wrong. The situation ended with a baby being shot in its mother’s arms. Tragedies like these are all too common when a cell phone falls into the wrong hands.
Securus Technologies has now developed the Wireless Containment Solution. This technology combats multiple threats that can arise from cell phones being brought into the prison system illegally. First, the Wireless Containment Solution blocks unauthorized cell phones from connecting to wireless networks, while still allowing approved cell phones to connect. Second, it blocks these unauthorized cell phones from being able to make calls or send texts. Again, approved numbers are always allowed through.
In a second phase of what the Wireless Containment Solution provides, the technology allows correctional officers to find the specific location of any unapproved cell phone inside prison walls. This greatly cuts back on the time and effort needed to locate contraband cell phones, as they can be found digitally, rather than through traditional cell searches. Of course, the first use for this is to find the cell phone itself. However, a secondary benefit is that correctional officers are able to see exactly which inmates are involved in the process of bringing phones in to prisons. This means that they can track the specific point of entry and determine who is the person responsible for bringing the cell phone in and if there is a possible ring of inmates.