Illegal cell phone access is out of control in prison, and no correctional facility has found the magic formula to combat it. It’s because inmates use intelligence and creativity to smuggle phones inside the prison undetected. The result of their success extends to endless social media photos or videos flaunting weapons, doing drugs, threatening inmates and staff, or attacking inmates and staff. Correctional facilities remain perplexed on how inmates attain cell phones so easily. Until contraband phones are no more, Securus is counting on the latest innovative technology, Wireless Containment Solutions, to counter the attack.
WCS, or Wireless Containment Solutions, doesn’t stop contraband smuggling. It stops the contraband’s function. An illegal cell phone is useless if the phone is dead, and WCS succeeds in spades. In detail, Wireless Containment Solutions use an invisible, wireless network to select which calls go through and which ones do not. Numbers completing the call are 9-1-1 calls and government approved phone numbers. Securus disconnects remaining phone numbers, rendering the cell phone useless. Securus also stops cell phones from accessing the internet, so recorded video and snapped photos won’t go viral. Additionally, correctional facilities can control WCS’s signal in the prison by deciding the areas to activate its use. So far, WCS is successful. It stopped at least 1.7 million calls from connecting through from eight American correctional facilities in the past year.
As impressive as that sounds, the contraband wave isn’t stopping due to inmates finding new ways to sneak contraband over prison walls such as drones. Fortunately, Wireless Containment Solutions are a start, and several correctional facilities across the U.S. and Canada are incorporating this program into the facility. Second, Robert Johnson, a former correctional officer, agrees with our cause due to his experiences with contraband. Therefore, he’s on the team as a consultant as we expand our reach throughout Florida. Third, cell phone carriers in the area are allowing Securus to deny access to wireless carriers for illegal activity. Last, the FCC approved of our approach toward silencing contraband use. They made accessibility easier by reducing paperwork to get it.
In closing, Securus is doing our part to stop contraband use. Wireless containment solutions are a cell phone barrier stripping illegal cell phones of its power, which is communication. We continue to strengthen WCS with trial and error along with incorporating emerging, yet proven technology into the system. Equally, Securus will team with Johnson, the FCC, law enforcement, and correctional staff to fix bugs and seal security patches to create a solid, all-around system. Securus or WCS wouldn’t be possible without our customers, and we thank you.