Securus Technologies, Inc. was founded in 1986 with its headquarters in Dallas, Texas, USA. It is a company that deals with prison technology with more than 2000 contracts with correctional facilities in the USA and Canada. The company is involved in providing detainee communications and managing government information. They also are involved in parolee tracking. The company currently employs about 1000 employees in all its branches across the country.
Securus Technologies provides its services to prisons in 45 states in the USA. They serve more than a million inmates in the US alone. Securus Technologies, in 2007, bought Syscon Justice Systems, which then was a big deal in Offender Management Systems. The company has a system that enables them to monitor and supervise the use of contraband. According to its announcement in 2016 the company had over the course of three years only invested $600 million in patents and acquisitions.
Securus Technologies, in July 2016, together with Harris Technology came up with a new technology called cell defender. The technology ensures that contraband phones do not connect to mobile networks. The company is chaired by Richard A. Smith who also assumed the role of the CEO after taking over from Richard Falcone in 2008. Smith has put workable strategies that will see the firm develop a new product once every week.
Customers have expressed their love for the work that the company is doing. Correction facility officers have expressed the ease of catching contraband cellphones from inmates thanks to Securus Technologies. Also, some officials have claimed that it is now possible to tap into a phone conversion that is illegally made. The LBS software has been particularly helpful to sheriffs and has helped in recovering drug monies and illegal assets.
Recently Securus Technologies released an article to correct the supposed inaccuracies of Global Tele Link’s (GTL) series of current press releases. GTL is using these press releases to make accusations against Securus and the recent legal battle GTL is waging against some of Securus’ patent claims.
To counteract these negative press releases, Securus is writing articles highlighting the specific points that GTL has been cited in the press releases with an explanation for each point. The whole legal battle boils down to the belief that Securus has pirated video technology that GTL states is theirs (patent 816, plus a bunch of sub patents) and are waiting patent approval. The United States Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) as neither approved or denied these patents, the PTAB has just decided not to review any of the patents at this time.
So this begs the question as to how Securus Technologies are in violation of patent fraud when there are no existing patents? Besides Securus is very confident that their Video Visitation technology does not impede on any of the technologies that GTL is trying to patent. Securus’s article is very specific in addressing these supposed violations and I believe that Securus, as a company, would not be so forthcoming if they were at fault for any of the accusations.
In fact the Securus article voiced concern over GTL spending so much of their company’s money on pursuing these patent violation claims. Also included in the article is the status on the number of patents each company holds and those in process. If Securus does not have the patent for a piece of technology, they will seek out the patent owner and offer a partnership for the use of the patent.
Securus Technologies is one of the largest inmate communications companies in the country serving over 3400 facilities and 1,200,000 inmates.