I’m amazed at what I can do on my cell phone. I’m working on a career where I can just work at the beach. But advances in technology sometimes require responses in the interest of security. I would definitely take the issue of communications seriously if I were involved in the corrections industry. Robert Johnson, a former corrections officer who became personally involved in the issue of contraband cell phone communications in prisons, certainly takes it seriously. After testifying before the FCC about how the issue is a paramount safety concern, he is now a consultant for Securus Technologies.
Securus Technologies has spent over $40 million on the development of their communications technology called Wireless Containment Solution. Located in Dallas, Texas they serve the corrections industry, inmates, and law enforcement. They provide emergency response and incident management along with a myriad of other services surrounding communications. Public information and investigative services are also available. Their specialized services like biometric analysis and information management make them uniquely positioned to make the maximum impact on increasing public safety. That could make my beach a little safer too.
When the FCC voted to ease the process for prisons to be able to get their hands on contraband interdiction technology, it decreased the excessive paperwork and required wireless providers to work with facilities. Jamming signals violate federal law so the proper way to deal with the issue is through technology that can intercept calls in a specific area and control whether or not they are allowed to connect to the network. This technology is already responsible for having blocked over 1.7 million calls from inmates.
I really am astounded that when technology creates a potential problem, a proper and proportionate technological response arises to fix it. Now, if I can just find a beach where I can get a signal, I’ll be set.