Drone technology has become so advanced and so accessible in today’s day and age that it is used for a wide range of things from photography to utility inspections. And now pretty much everyone has access to these relatively cheap and easy to operate crafts. Unfortunately, this means that drones are now being used for some illegal activities. Prison officials say drones are becoming an increasing problem with them because they are often used to deliver illegal goods to inmates. The most popular illegal items flown in are cellphones, drugs, and pornography.
However, these are just three examples. There has been a wide range of things. Perhaps most alarmingly is that sometimes weapons are being smuggled in. USA Today reported that in the past five years alone there have been such illegal delivery attempts made. Securus Technologies is attempting to combat this. They recently announced a new drone detection technology that has been designed to prevent these illegal deliveries. Securus definitely knows what they are doing. They specialize in providing technology solutions for public safety, law enforcement, investigations, corrections, and government payment services. Securus currently serves over 3,500 institutions nationwide and 1.2 million inmates. It is the inventor of a wide number of technological innovations, for which it holds the patents.
Securus spent 18 months evaluating the problem and developing the system. During that time they also partnered with several other companies and experts to successfully engineer, install, and implement the project. They also worked closely with the country’s top corrections facilities officials. The new system is designed to detect drones and to stop them before they reach their destination. But with the new system fully in place, they will by no means stop trying to perfect it further. They say that successfully implemented system has already given them some ideas about this perfecting process.
Possibly Securus’ biggest area of concentration is inmate communication. They are committed to helping prisoners remain in contact with their families. They provide this through traditional telephone calls and through an innovative video chat system. To date, they are the largest inmate communications provider in the country. The company is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.