While technology companies have become an incredibly prominent sector in pushing America to the forefront of tech, I don’t often think about how important the type of technology is that benefits me every day but that I will never have any interaction with. I recently read an article on PR Newswire about Securus Technologies that showcased comments from users of the successful technology that intrigued me.
Securus Technologies focuses on providing state of the art technology for prisons across the company. Securus is contracted to provide services to over 2,000 Correctional Facilities in the United States and in Canada. Securus is an innovator and the largest provider of parolee tracking and detainee communications and it pioneered a new technology that would seek out and control cell phone communications from contraband cell phones through its “Cell Defender” technology. This technology also ensures that cell phones are completely unable to connect to any wireless networks through its Wireless Containment Solution technology. These technologies made me realize how serious the issues of contraband cell phone use in prisons were and how important having technology in place that could prevent them is.
Securus is headquartered in Dallas, Texas and has several other regional offices throughout the country. The company has over 500 employees and continues to grow as digital threats increase in prison systems.
The PR Newswire article made me realize the tangible affect have this technology was to the prison systems. For example, one comment noted that through Securus’ technology they were able to gather information from phone calls to find a corrupt staff member and arrest them. Another testimonial talked to how call monitoring enabled prison staff to find and break up a ring that was facilitating alcohol use among inmates, the selling of drugs and overall threats and violence. Finally, a testimonial from one correctional facility noted that not only have they seen a huge benefit from the technology but that Securus was continually evolving and revolutionizing their products to meet growing threats in the prison system.