Securus Technologies, the American software solutions company, has released a new technology. The technology will detect and prevent drones from reaching and delivering contraband to prisoners.
The new technology, which is in its trial stage, has been developed after it emerged that prisoners are getting illegal items such as phones, drugs, pornographic materials and weapons brought to them using drones.
Securus Technologies provides technology that enhances safety in correctional facilities. The technology also seeks to keep prison workers, their families, and the public safe by minimizing the possibility of prisoners targeting them for attacks.
When prisoners sneak in contraband such as phones into correctional facilities, they use them to organize crimes. Some of the people they target are strict correctional facility staffs and their families.
They also target witnesses, members of rival gangs and people they have previously attacked. They target them so that they do not identify them to the police.
Contraband materials such as guns, pornography, and drugs delivered to prisons can harm other prisoners or initiate them into habits they were not involved in before.
In 2015, a drone delivered a parcel containing marijuana, tobacco, and heroin to a prisoner in an Ohio correction facility. Reports indicate that a drone was used to supply tools for the attempted prison break in a South Carolina prison in July 2017.
More attempts have been detected in other prisons across America. This is an indication that criminals are willing to go to any length, including using the latest technology, to execute their plans.
The new technology by Securus Technologies is an improvement to the wireless containment technology, which detects and bars unauthorized calls within prison facilities.
Records on the technology are real time, and they are useful in preventing and solving crimes. They provide incriminating evidence linking crimes to specific people.
Securus Technologies facilitates legal communication to prisoners using its video visitation mobile app. Inmates can also make a free call to authorized people using the Securus Correctional Billing Services.
On this platform, the person receiving the call pays for the call. Alternatively, an inmate can have an account paid for by family and friends to pay for any authorized calls made through Securus Technologies platforms.
It has taken Securus Technologies over eighteen months to develop the drone detection technology. Within this time, they have consulted widely with technology experts to identify the engineering elements that will help to develop, install and operate the technology successfully.