With technology becoming the beast that it is there is always the issue with new forms of security in order to match individuals who seek to test the boundaries. This is the case with communications in the United States penal system. In the modern day world, everyone seems to be connected to the internet, and even inmates are allowed the ability to access the internet and use its wealth of information when they are able. Inmates have the ability to rent out tablets in some prisons, a fact that rewards good behavior but at the same time comes with its own set of issues. What if a convicted criminal want to continue to break the law while they are currently locked away? They have the ability, through access to the internet, to directly communicate with unsavory individuals and set up criminal acts even if they are not physically present. It is for this reason and others that Securus Technologies is trying to do their part to monitor and make changes to how inmates access the world wide web.
Securus Technologies is a well-known information technology firm that has famously targeted inmates and their family members as a niche customer base. They have released a series of different products to their customers, with one of their most popular services being a relatively inexpensive video chat interface that inmates can use to bypass security checks and physical visitation periods in order to virtually speak and see their loved ones instead. This service has allowed inmates to connect with others like never before, but, as already stated, has opened up a veritable can of worms that has proven hard to close.
In order to combat unauthorized calls and internet signals, Securus Technologies is in development of what they call a wireless containment system. When operational the system will act as a sort of blanket around a prison or jail and will monitor and keep track of every signal that goes through the affected area. The operator of the system will be informed of all signals through the system and will have the ability to either allow them to connect or cancel them. The device accessing the signal will then be located and identified through a unique IP address. The operator of the wireless containment system can then choose to forever block the device is need be, making contraband cell phones use extremely difficult to continue.
This new system promises to revolutionize the way that internal security works in the prison system. It will allow Securus Technologies to once again make their mark across the nation and has the potential to be a major game changer in the future.