The drone technology has been growing at a fast pace, and for many different sectors, it is a boon. But, problems arise when the drone technology is being misused and creating security threats for the law enforcement agencies. Since drones are becoming more sophisticated and less costly, they are widely used by criminals to smuggle illegal materials inside the prisons without being caught. Even though it’s a federal crime to fly drones near high-security areas such as airports and prisons, criminals defy the rules to ensure that their partners and associate inside the prison have control inside the prison that allows them to enjoy specific benefits which others do not get.
Inmates pay outsiders to smuggle in cell phones, drugs or even weapons inside the prison for them to use using drones. The most prominent benefit that the criminals have with these drones is that they do not have to be in the vicinity of the prison to control the drones. They can be several kilometers away and still can control the drones easily.
Thus, it is up to the technology companies such as Securus Technologies to take matters into their own hands and develop systems that would allow the prison officials to put a stop to smuggling via drones. The amount of contraband found in the prisons has been increasing with the every passing day, and drones have played a significant role in this rise. The drones are small and are easily able to drop small packages in the prison compound without getting noticed, and it is what has helped inmates to get drugs, contraband phones, illegal medicines, and even weapons inside the prison facilities using drones. If the inmates are easily able to get the contraband inside the prison and the correctional officers can’t stop it, things would get worse inside the prison. The lives of many inmates and officers will be in danger if weapons continue to flow freely inside the prison. Many of the officers and inmates have lost lives due to the contraband supply, and the count of lives lost continues to increase due to the supply of weapons happening through drones.
Securus Technologies has recently introduced the drone detection technology, which is currently in its infancy stage. The company’s CEO, Rick Smith, believes that this and many other technologies offered by the company would help revolutionize the correctional sector and contribute tremendously to making the corrections space much safer and more secure. He also talked highly about the company’s commitment towards its customers, and to back his claim of excellent customer service, Securus Technologies won Gold Stevie Award for the best customer service in 2018 in three categories, which exemplifies the emphasis the company lays on customer service.