I learned today that Securus Technology, a provider of civil and criminal justice technology in the United States, announced a new technology that it calls Wireless Containment Solution. This company provides its services to correctional facilities and law enforcement agencies across North America including the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
I saw the news that they went live with their Wireless Containment Solution, which will prevent inmates from using wireless devices to communicate with the outside world and each other. This technology not only prevents the devices from working it also provides correctional staff with the electronic identity of the device as well as additional intelligence so that the investigation can result in preventing and solving crimes using these types of devices.
Securus Technology’s competitors have similar technology but their products can only identify the signals, not block them from working. Richard Smith, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technology, said that his company’s technology will control and manage these contraband devices while at the same time allow correctional officers and staff devices connectivity. Smith went on to add that he has heard from correctional facilities that unauthorized cellphones represent a grave threat to not only the staff but can be used by prisoners to engage in illegal activity both within the facility and in the broader community.
Securus Technology is based in Dallas, Texas. The company is partnered with almost 3,500 correctional, public safety, and law enforcement offices. I learned that more than 1.2 million inmates are in facilities that use the technology solutions that Securus Technology provides. Among the technological solutions they offer are incident management, communication, information management, inmate self-service, biometric analysis, and monitoring devices and services.
Securus Technology was originally founded in 1986 as Tele-Matic Corporation. I found out that the company renamed itself as T-Netix, Inc. and after a series of acquisitions in 2004 it merged with another big player in the correctional industry, Evercom Systems Inc. After the merger the company was again renamed, this time to its present name of Securus Technology, Inc. The company has acquired a number of other companies in the industry since including DirectHit Systems, Inc., a provider of investigative and data management tools, Archonix LLC, Satellite Tracking of People, LLC, and JLG Technologies among other companies. Today the company is able to fulfill all the technology needs of its clients and routinely updates its products and services to provide even more support.