Securus Counters Prison Drones With New Detection Technology

For the past three years, many of our prisons have reported sightings of drones hovering back and forth to drop off illegal items to prisoners. These smuggled items could be anything from cell phones, drugs, pornography or weapons. This new way of bringing in contraband posing a much more serious threat for the correctional officers, prison guards, staff and other inmates within the incarceration environment. Drone usage is sadly the new reality for law enforcement officials to worry about and it’s becoming more prevalent in prisons across the United States and many other countries.

 

Securus Technologies has implemented and built many innovative technology solutions for our nation’s correctional and law enforcement agencies for over 25 years. Securus has serviced more than 3,500 of theses agencies and provided many updated communication solutions for over 1.2 million U.S. inmates. The company recently came out with a drone detection technology that was tested and proven to help combat drone smuggling. The company’s spokesperson shared that the detection technology will only get better over time. The drone detection and prevention program is already in full effect and a huge relief for correctional officers and staff alike.

 

The tech company has been praised by many in law enforcement for years. They have provided them with state-of-the-art technologies for monitoring, investigation, communication, emergency response, incident management and many other solutions. Securus Technologies’ reliability, response and professionalism has led them to win three prestigious Stevie Awards in 2018. Securus’ corporate escalations team won a Gold award for “Customer Service Complaints Team of the Year,” a customer service representative won a Silver for “Customer Service Professional of the Year” and their video visitation team were honored with a Bronze for “Front-Line Customer Service Team.” Over 2,500 nominations from organizations in various industries were thoroughly evaluated for the annual event.

 

Securus Technologies Opens With Wireless Containment And Is Quickly Spreading To New Areas In Prison Technology

Securus Technologies, a leading provider of civil and criminal justice technology solutions for public safety, investigation, corrections and monitoring, shared the nation’s shock and dismay as yet another Facebook Live video filmed by an inmate with a contraband cellphone circulated the Internet… The 3 ½ minute video filmed inside Evans Correctional Institution allegedly depicts 31-year-old Jose Ariel Rivera, an inmate serving a 10-year sentence for burglary, brandishing a knife.” (1)

 

What prompted this technology at Securus

“One of the present consultants of Securus Technologies once worked in a correctional facility, and he explained that he was one of the victims of those prisoners who have access to contraband cell phones. He stated that two armed male intruders went to his house, and assaulted him. The armed intruders revealed to him that they were instructed by a prisoner to harass and kill him because he keeps on confiscating cell phones inside the prison.” (2) “Robert Johnson, worked at Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina. He’d been in corrections for 15 years and his primary job was to confiscate contraband.”(3) Obviously his last confiscation cost an inmate dearly. Using a contraband cellphone the inmate ordered a hit on the officer, his home was invaded and for $6,000.00 wired to a Greendot card by the inmate the officer was shot 5 times in the chest. It should have killed him but he survived and went on to make sure this could not happen to others. (3)

 

There are two sides to this issue. Danger vs Rehabilitation.

On one side you have career criminals. These folks commit crime and violence as an occupation. They know they will eventually do time and take steps beforehand to keep their business operational. They put money aside specifically to cover the eventual period of internment. They have associates that are partners or associates and career criminals that keep their presence (business) on the street, even when they are in prison. They know the prison phones are always monitored so they get contraband cell phones and use them to continue to run their business both on the street and often on the prison black market. Mr. Johnson is just one of a vast number of instances of crime and violence that were directed by prisoners while in prison. That is a problem that had to end. On the other hand there are a significant number of inmates that are not career criminals, desire rehabilitation and a new chance but face strong odds against success. They are surrounded every day by all types of inmates. The topic of conversation is crime, the social structure is tight, prison libraries are a joke and so are most funded opportunities to change while an inmate. Prison phones are often broken, and talk time is limited. I a single year of this type of seclusion from society most inmates will have been offered work in crime by another inmate. That could be the only choice they feel they have when discharged. The revolving door concept begins on the inside, not in the courts. These inmates should be allowed the chance to interact with others on the outside to begin their path to rehabilitation and a productive future.

 

This is where Securus threw me a curve. After reading things like:

  • “Securus’ WCS has already detected and prevented over 1.7 million illegal communication attempts from eight US correctional facilities” (1)
  • “Between July of 2016 and July of 2017, Securus’ WCS detected and prevented over 1.7 million illegal communication attempts in eight U.S. correctional facilities.” (1)

I visited their website, The first thing I saw was not about restriction, public safety, investigative technology, corrections technology, or even monitoring technology (all of which they offer). The first thing I saw was called “Friends and Family”(4) It appears Securus does as much to support communication with the outside for inmates as it does to prevent improper use of the same.

Securus Invests More Than $1 Billion in Products and Technologies That Improve Inmate Lives and Security”, Business Wire article titled: Securus Listens Carefully to Inmates and Friends/Family Members Before Making Investments in Technologies (5) In this article they cite a list of concerns and needs voiced by both inmates and correction officers equally. (5)

Then I noticed Securus took the initiative to produce an Electronic Medical Records system for prisons, complete with Televisits (the ability to have an online visit with your Primary Care Doctor at home). These are serious improvements in inmate care compared to the past. This shows a company dedicated to every facet of the field they chose.(4)

With “30 years of experience serving the corrections industry”. And now “serving approximately 3,400 correctional facilities and more than 1.2 million inmates in 48 states” combined with such a vast and equal array of services to both the Prison and each inmate (4), if I worked there I would go home each night feeling good about what I did for a living.

 

References

(1) Securus Technologies: Wireless Containment Solutions Could Have Prevented Latest Inmate Facebook Live Video – Business Wire, August 14, 2017 – https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170814005871/en/Securus-Technologies-Wireless-Containment-Solutions-Prevented-Latest

(2) Securus Technologies: Introducing Wireless Containment Systems – Dirty Friendz – Marlon Weber, January 15, 2018 – http://dirtyfriendz.com/securus-technologies-introducing-wireless-containment-systems/

(3) Ex-Corrections Officer Works to Disconnect Inmates’ Cell Phones – NBC 6 South Florida – Willard Shepard, Nov 6, 2017 – https://www.nbcmiami.com/investigations/Ex-Corrections-Officer-Works-to-Disconnect-Inmates-Cell-Phones-455464753.html

(4) Securus Technologies Website – Friends and Family – https://securustech.net/friends

(5) Securus Listens Carefully to Inmates and Friends/Family Members Before Making Investments in Technologies – Business Wire, October 17, 2017 – https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171017006818/en/Securus-Listens-Carefully-Inmates-FriendsFamily-Members-Making

 

Sheldon Lavin’s Journey Into Osi’s Achievements

Sheldon Lavin is the current president and CEO of OSI a meat processing company in the United States. He joined the company 44 years ago in the department of finance when the company was in the process of expansion. He has since then become an active member of his greatest achievement when he became the CEO, and learn more about Sheldon Lavin.

Sheldon Lavin was in 2016, February 20 awarded with the Global Visionary Award in India. This award is given by India’s Vision World Academy to visionaries who have achieved great success with perseverance and persistence in their different fields.

Sheldon Lavin was recently involved in an interview with the CEOCFO Magazine on May 29, 2017, by Lynn Fosse. He was questioned about his interests in financial consulting where he said that it helped him achieve his success since he always envisioned himself as a business owner. He stated that his involvement with the meat industry was from arranging finances for OTTO &SONS meat processing company in Illinois, West Chicago which prompted to him owning the company later on.

Sheldon Lavin during the interview also stated that his vision for OSI from the beginning was to make it a world-class company which later came to pass as it is currently situated in 17 countries and has over 70 facilities. He added that this achievement was possible because they operate as a family despite the laid down strategies, rules and responsibility levels. And his Website, He said that the family operation method was possible because the company was made up of committed and loyal staff and their good relations towards each other with his office open for them all. His involvement with charities is a way of giving back to the society that they have grown from and into. Concluding the interview, he said that his vision for OSI was to see it best in all aspects that it has been involved with over the years, and https://www.inc.com/profile/osi-group.

As CEO of OSI, he has pushed the company into great acquisitions. The most current include the company’s joint venture with Pick stock, UK, in 2014 to aid its expansion in Europe. Acquiring Tyson Production Plant in 2016 was another OSI acquisition which would allow for the company’s growth and more storage space for their products. In the same year, OSI acquired Europe flagship which allowed for products distribution across UK and Europe. German Hynek Schlachthof GmbH was also acquired in 2016 and would offer sustainable food chains in Germany, and read full article.

Dr. Sameer Jejurikar Plastic Surgeon

Plastic surgery is a growing field. Numerous people have interest in plastic surgery for various health reasons. Some people want to look younger. Other people have major medical issues that need correction.

 

Dr. Sameer Jejurikar is a prominent plastic surgeon who has helped hundreds of clients during his career. He has worked hard to achieve a high level of career success. In the coming years, he plans to expand his current business.

 

 

Early Life and Career

 

Dr. Sameer Jejurikar started in the medical field decades ago. He enjoyed working with clients related to various health issues. When he was in medical school, he had to work multiple jobs. He gained valuable experience in the medical field during this time.

 

Dr. Sameer Jejurikar is excited about some of the changes taking place in the field of medicine today. Technology is making several medical procedures much easier to manage.

 

 

Dallas Economy

 

The economy in Dallas is booming. People from all over the United States are moving to the area. The demand for plastic surgery has increased dramatically in recent years. Many people are willing to pay thousands of dollars to look younger.

 

Dr. Sameer Jejurikar started his plastic surgery business several years ago. Since that time, he has worked hard to serve as many clients as possible. With high demand from customers, Dr. Sameer Jejurikar is working on an expansion plan for his company. He has more customers than he can handle. He is trying to hire another surgeon to help him with his current workload.

 

Jacob Gottlieb, Visium, Discovered his Talent in Pick Winning Stocks in his Youth

Jacob Gottlieb Managing Partner and Cheif Investment Officer of Visium Asset Management LLC discovered his talent in pick winning stocks in his youth. As a matter of fact, Jacob was in the 7th grade when he entered a contest established at his school to compete at the success of stock picks that the students actually selected. Jacob not only won the event but, performed so well that his father Max Gottlieb Ph.D. and professor of economics at City University located in New York City, New York was thoroughly impressed. As a result of the successful performance of the stocks that Jacob Gottlieb picked, his father decided to open up an actual live investment trading account in the honor of his son Jacob Gottlieb. The investment trading account began to generate successful results that were beyond the capability of a 7th-grade student. After the success of picking winning stocks, a passion developed in Jacob that carried over into adulthood leading to a successful career as an investment manager. Also, Jacob became an entrepreneur in his own right by setting up a beverage selling opportunity at a local golf course in New York City as a teenager. He began purchasing beverages from a local grocery store, pulling them in a shopping cart and selling them to the golfers who needed a beverage throughout their round of golf. This small entrepreneurship opportunity began to generate the necessary skills and experience Jacob would need to become a successful businessman. Jacob also traded in baseball cards with the local youth in his neighborhood and developed the skill of being able to find, collect, and categorize entire baseball teams especially the New York Yankees. The skill sets that he learned as a youth provided much-needed guidance, insight, and intuitive understanding of how business works to generate profitable success as an entrepreneur. The talents and gifts discovered by Jacob Gottlieb in picking stocks in his youth have transitioned into a very lucrative and productive success story in the financial industry.

 

Alexandre Gama: A Worldwide Executive

Alexandre Gama is a Brazilian entrepreneur and advertising executive. He is widely regarded in Brazil as one of the country’s most creative minds and has won numerous awards for his work over the past 35 years. Gama has owned and operated his own agency, Neogama since 1999.

Gama graduated from Brazil’s prestigious Armando Alvares Penteado Foundation in 1982 and set off on his career as a copy writer for Standard Ogilvy & Mather that same year. In 1990, Gama caught a huge break, moving onto work as a creative director at DM9. By 1999, Gama had risen to be the CEO and COO of the agency, Young & Rubicam. He decided to start Neogama that year and to be his own boss.

Neogama has since become an award-winning creative agency, winning nearly two dozen Golden Lion awards at Cannes since 2000. Alexandre was the very first Brazilian to be asked to teach a Masterclass at Cannes, as well as the first to be named as the Global Chief Creative Officer of BBH, a worldwide network of agencies.

Alexandre Gama’s Neogama A Brazilian Powerhouse

Alexandre Gama is a long-time advertising copywriter and creative director from Brazil and the founder of the agency, Neogama. Founded in 1999, Neogama has won numerous awards and accolades in the advertising world. In fact, within the first year of operation, Neogama became the first Brazilian agency to win a Golden Lion at Cannes in its first year of operation. The feat has been repeated many times over and, as of 2016, the company has won 26 Golden Lions.

In 2002, the company was awarded a Cabore award as Agency of the Year by the newspaper, Meio e Mensagem. Just one year later, Neogama won two Golden Lions in two main categories at Cannes, a feat that had never been done by a Brazilian firm. Currently, Gama is focusing Neogama on the Brazilian advertising market after years of exploring the worldwide market. Under Gama’s guidance, Neogama will continue to be a powerhouse.

Madison Capital Wins Advisor Of The Year

On November 13, M&A Advisor declared the champions of its 16th Annual Advisor Awards during the 2017 Advisor Awards Gala at the Metropolitan Club in New York City. Debt Financing Agreement of the Year award went to Madison Street Capital for its advising in a recent deal for WLR Automotive.

 

We’ve been acknowledging leading M&A deals, businesses, and dealmakers since 2002. We chose Madison Street Capital from over 600 participating businesses to win the prize. It gives great joy to acknowledge Madison Street Capital and present to them the highest recognition for M&A organizations and professionals,” stated David Fergusson, President and Co-CEO of M&A Advisor. “Madison Street Capital exemplifies the greatest in the M&A business in 2017 and won this recognition for standing out in a variety of highly qualified contestants.”

 

“Madison Capital is honored to receive the M&A Award this year under the debt funding category,” stated Charles Botchway, CEO of Madison Street Capital. “I wish to congratulate WLR and our leader in the deal, Managing Director Barry Peterson.”

 

Madison Street Capital was also a Boutique Investment Banking Firm of the Year candidate as well as candidate for Financials Deal (under 250MM) of the Year. Madison Street Capital’s team has superior knowledge, expertise, and far-reaching connections; which makes it one of the best middle market financing banking firms in the world. A principal provider of corporate banking and acquisitions, M&A advisory, and mergers, Madison Street Capital’s specialists have the capability to design the proper funding and capital structure to accommodate individual clients’ specific circumstances. With its headquarters in Chicago, Madison Street Capital has offices in North America, Asia, and Africa. The investment firm draws on decades of combined expertise to give a variety of commercial services which include financial consulting services, advising hedge funds, investment banking advisory, restructuring consultation, corporate valuation, and M&A services for hedge funds, buy and sell side assistance for private equity, and financial reporting valuation.

 

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Securus Technologies Aiming to Lead the Payment Processing Sector in the Correctional Field

Securus Technologies is one correctional firm that has never failed to deliver on the promises it has made to its target audience and has consistently met the expectations of the consumers. The company is widely known for its inmate communication services but also provides a wide range of other correctional facilities, including governmental information management system, payment processing services, money transfer services, parolee tracking system, and more. The company has its operating system through which the inmates can recharge their phones and make calls as well get access to job opportunities, educational resources, music downloads, and more.

 

The investigative technology offered by Securus Technologies is known for its high-quality and usability and is used by thousands of correctional facilities across Canada and United States. The primary aim of Securus Technologies has always been to ensure a safe and secure environment in and out of prison, and it believes that technology can play a pivotal role in helping achieve it. Securus Technologies has not only ensured that the company continues to provide relevant services to the users in the correctional field, but also expand to offer new products and services. Recently, Securus Technologies announced the acquisition of GovPayNet, which is a leading payment processing vendor in the business currently.

 

With the acquisition of GovPayNet, the service portfolio of Securus Technologies has expanded, which would also help in bringing in more customers. The management of Securus Technologies, as well as GovPayNet, believes that the acquisition would help both the units to enhance their capabilities to serve the sector while being mutually benefitting to each other as well. GovPayNet has been the preferred payment processing partner for over 2,300 agencies across the length and breadth of the United States, and it is a figure that is expected to increase soon. The company aims to become the market leader in the payment processing segment.

 

 

American Institute of Architects Contributions to Public Health and Safety

American Institute of Architects (AIA), is a professional movement that admits architects across the United States. It provides government advocacy, networking, community education, and public redevelopment to aid these professionals to build and improve their image. The movement was founded in New York in 1857 by a team of 13 architects. Currently, it is headquartered in Washington, D.C. The experts who helped in founding organization wanted to improve standards and perfections in the construction industry. Robert Ivy is the president of the organization. AIA has around 90,000 members both specialists and licensed architects who operate in different states. All associates must meet the minimum requirements to be admitted to the associations. They fall under different membership levels depending on their skills, education, and experience. The board of directors manages the movement. Read more on AIA at Wikipedia.

Robert Ivy’s Profile

Robert Ivy is a reputable professional with years of experience in the building and construction industry. He has built his name in the industry through his efforts in advocating for better standards of the service providers. The individual participates in educating the community to spread knowledge about the field. Mr. Robert Ivy serves as the chief editor of Architectural Record. At McGraw-Hill Construction, the multi-skilled individual serves as the vice president and editorial head. He is responsible for managing the editorial outlet and guides it in delivering quality publications.

Leadership

Robert Ivy was a principle of Ivy Architects and played the role of overseeing the firm’s operations. For 14 years, he was among the management partners of Dean/Dale, Dean and Ivy before he was promoted to executive posts. Throughout his professional life, he has been fighting for a better working environment for architects.

Awards

Mr. Robert Ivy’s outstanding traits and commitment to work led to him winning several titles. The Alpha Rho Chi recognized him and named him the Master Architect. He also took the 2009 Crane Award. See more at HUFFPOST about Robert Ivy

Service to AIA

Robert Ivy is on the front line to push relevant bodies to address political, environmental, and social issues affecting architects. He is an AIA member from 1990s. The activist has won a new position at AIA and will be operating from the national offices in Washington. His primary responsibilities include informing the public about the field, airing AIA grievances to the relevant departments, and promoting quality designs. His industrial skills and educational background make him the perfect candidate to head AIA. He as an art degree and professional training certificates from accredited institutions.

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