Pilotless drones are seemingly everywhere these days. Will drones can be very useful for business and recreational purposes, criminals are finding ways to use them for unlawful reasons. Prison and jail officials across the country have reported in recent months that drones are being used to introduce contraband into their facilities. Criminals are now using drone technology to bring illegal drugs, tobacco, alcohol, weapons, cell phones, and money into prisons. Contraband is the biggest safety issue that corrections facilities face and ridding an facility of contraband remains the number one priority for officials.
Prison technology company Securus Technologies has been working on a solution to this problem for the past 18 months. They recently announced that they have completed an 18 month pilot program that tested a drone detection technology. The pilot program was a huge success and the company anticipates a bigger launch in the coming months. The technology uses Digital Antennae Structure, or DAS, to triangulate drone activity. While all the kinks are still being worked out, the company anticipates fast improvements to the technology.
Securus Technologies is based in the Dallas Carrolton, Texas and has 4 other locations in Texas and Atlanta, Georgia. Founded in 1986 by a former sheriff, Securus wholly owns over 20 subsidiaries that provide technology-based solutions for government over 3,500 government agencies in North America. The company provides phone, email, and education self-service to over 1.2 million inmates. They also provide electronic payment processing, parolee and inmate tracking, incident management, and a host of other services. They operate a 300-employee customer service center in Atlanta. Securus remains dedicated to making the world a safer and better place to live through technological solutions. The company was recently awarded three Stevie awards for its excellent customer service at the 2017 Stevie Awards held in Las Vegas in February of 2018.