Security through Containment

Securus Technologies is an information technology corporation that has been su[poprting inmates of the United States prison system since they first began their business in the early 2000’s. Securus supports their niche customer base by providing them new and advanced communications options so that they can stay in touch with their family members during these difficult times. An inmate only needs access to an internet connection to be able to use a video chat interface designed by Securus, allowing them a clean and seamless way for them to not only talk to their loved ones but to see them as well without the need for any form of physical visitation periods. With this, as well as other reliable forms of technology, Securus has many blessings to be proud of, but also many curses that have been created alongside them.

 

One of the biggest issues that Securus faces is the fact that many of their customers, or potential customers, have the potential to use their technology to continue to break the law. The ability to communicate with the outside world gives inmates the ability to bring contraband into the prison or jail, or the potential to control criminal activity outside of where they are being incarcerated. Securus sees this information as a hazard that needs to be matched with a solution, and in order to attempt to keep track and prevent these problems from occurring, they have been working hard to develop an all-encompassing monitoring system known as the wireless containment system.

 

The wireless containment system does basically what it says in its title; it locates unauthorized wireless signals and deactivates them. The way that it does this is very interesting. Securus Technologies plans on using this system as a virtual net, allowing them to identify any mobile or internet capable device, and deactivating the ability of the device to make further attempts. If this system proves to be functional then it would mean that it would drastically decrease the number of contraband cell phones being used, and may in fact also infringe on the prison drug trade.

 

It is currently unknown when the containment system will be put into motion. There is still much work to be done, testing to finish, and mandatory training to be addressed before anything can be properly administered. Once these kinks have been worked out, however, there is no doubt that Securus technologies will have a winner on their hands. This could change the way that communications operate, and not only that but how prisons and jails can increase their internal security.

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