When the United States, under President George W. Bush, decided to invade Iraq, many experts predicted that the war would be a total disaster, both for the United States and for the Middle East. These experts were largely proven correct. Today, Iraq is a basket case, and the Middle East has been plunged into sectarian conflict, from which it may never recover.
However, there were a few good things to come out of the Iraq war. One of them was the technology known as Stingray, a system that is capable of detecting any cellular device within its operational range and intercepting or blocking any calls coming from it. The Stingray system proved to be so effective that it became an integral part of most combat patrols, helping U.S. servicemen determine enemy movements and gather crucial intelligence that ultimately saved many American lives.
Closer to home, there has been a battle raging throughout much of the United States. This battle has taken place between prison guards and the nation’s many gangs that are omnipresent throughout the country’s carceral facilities. This battle features an enemy that is determined and highly organized, just as the insurgents were in Iraq. And like their Mideastern counterparts, the prison gangs rely on mobile communications, sending out orders to people on the outside and coordinating their activities within the prison itself.
Now, Securus Technologies, one of the largest providers of prison security systems and inmate communications technologies in the United States, has begun to roll out its Wireless Containment System. Based heavily on the Stingray technology of the Iraq battlefield, the Wireless Containment System gives prison guards many of the same capabilities that U.S. soldiers found so useful in the Middle East theater. The Wireless Containment System has been proven effective at virtually eliminating all illegal cellular calls placed from within prisons where it has been installed.
This is welcome news to guards who work at the many prisons where gangs are active. As a result of the Wireless Containment System, these dangerous gangs are no longer able to take advantage of what was one of the most formidable weapons in their arsenal. The ability to communicate orders to those on the outside were a key factor in the ability of gangs to continue carrying out serious crimes, including the intimidation of witnesses, assaulting of prosecutors and even the murder of prison employees.
Thanks to the innovation of Securus Technologies, those problems are quickly become a thing of the past. But Securus is still working to get the word out about the system as there are many prisons that have not yet adopted the technology. Securus believes, however, that the WCS will be installed in most prisons throughout the country by the year 2020.