Ever heard of the talented and extraordinary Richard A. Smith? Sometimes known as Rick Smith, he is the Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technologies which is an American prison technology concentrated from Dallas, Texas. Smith has been the Chief Executive Officer since June 23, 2008 in which this company is in charge of making all the technology such as the security cameras, electronic locks where the prisoners are held and much more gadgets which are used within the prison system to make sure everything goes smoothly and according to plan. The company employs around 1200 people and serves way over 2000 correctional facilities which are situated in the United States and Canada. According to Wikipedia
Smith holds a long line of college degrees which makes him an outstanding candidate for the many top executive jobs he has held in the past. Each time he obtains a college degree, he seems to climb the corporate ladder so easily. Rick Smith has an Associate of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo, a Master’s in Business and Administration from the University of Rochester Simon School, and finally a Masters in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Brockport. Rick Smith was always a studious and smart student because he always ask question. He always was focused to make sure he finished his degrees because he knows that education is the way to triumph in life. That is why he got one degree, then he quickly obtained another like if it was nothing just to acquire a degree from college which is difficult when taking many classes.
Prior to Securus, he was with Frontier Corporation from March 1972 to 1998 with several positions in which he successfully rises through the ranks. He was a Controller, President of Frontier Information Technologies, Vice President of Midwest Telephone Operations, Network Plant Operations Director, Director of Business Development, Vice President of Financial Management and finally the Chief Financial Officer. His hard work and dedication shows his various and amazing positions he has held because he always follows directions and is persistent when getting the job done. Then he started working for Eschelon Telecom Inc. from March 1999 to July 2003. After impressing the board members, he became President from April 2000 to August 2003 and then impressively the Chief Executive Officer from August 2003 to August 2007. In June 2008, he was offered a job as the Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technologies Inc. His long line of work shows that he deserves whatever job he is offered next because his passion and dedication to the job description clearly shows that when his performance is outstanding. Check this article at Bloomberg.com to know more about Rick Smith.
Securus Technologies Company has more than 2 million people connections made every year between the inmates and their friends and family throughout the United States. Securus Technologies Company is a leading provider of criminal and civil justice solutions to the correctional market. The company also offers solutions that aid in investigations, public security, monitoring, and corrections. The company has announced the launch of the multi-state campaign to promote the numerous benefits of the Remote video Visitations to the correctional market. This is one of the most innovative campaigns ever produced by the company. As a matter of fact, they have been adopted on a massive scale by the inmates and their friends and family.
Securus Remote Video Visitations, over the next one month, will feature in numerous infomercials and television program in a way to promote its adoption, for the company, they will never rest until everyone is aware of the Remote Video Visitation application. This feature, on the other hand, will not replace the on-site visitations. However, they will act an alternative to the on-site visitation. Moreover, there are millions of people who stay away from their friends and family in prison. Therefore, this Remote Vide Visitation will be the cheapest way to communicate with the people.
The company values the inmates as much as they value their friends and family. For Securus Technologies Company, they engage in events that connect the poor soul who wants to talk to someone who cares about their lives. Securus Technologies Company also wants to connect the poor daughter with her mother during this coming festive season. For this reason, this application offers a seamless integration to speaking to friends and families in prison. As a matter of fact, you need a computer of a smartphone connected to the internet to make this video call. They will come with a small fee.
On June 9th, 2016, Securus Technologies a leading company in the provision of civil and criminal technology solutions for corrections, monitoring, and public safety released a press report issuing corrections to multiple statements issued by GTL on June 7th, 2016.
Securus corrects the first allegation published by GTL stating that the United States Patent Trial and Appel Board allow GTL to move to forward with the validated patent and seek damages and injunctions against Securus in Texas Federal court in pending infringement lawsuits. Securus clarifies that the patent has never been validated and that GTL is not able to seek damages as it has claimed.
Another allegation claimed by GTL said that PTAB determined that all innovations are patentable hence allowing GTL to go back to court and protect its technology enabling law enforcement to monitor the video calls. Securus corrected that by stating that PTAB did not clarify that any of the claimed technology is patentable and they did not review the allegation.
GTL also argued that in a few months they would go back to court and illustrate to a jury how Securus violates this patent plus three more patents targeted by Securus. Securus clarified this by stating that the jury will listen to evidence from both sides and will be able to determine if it’s true Securus uses the methods claimed by GTL in the patent.
GTL states that they are seeking damages and injunction which if granted will force Securus to stop using GTLs patented technology on all the platforms that infringement is happening. Securus says there is no violation that is occurring since GTLs patented technology is not being used.
In response to GTLs press news, Richard A Smith who is the CEO of Securus Technologies says that he would be happy anytime to reinstitute the technology bake-off challenge with GTL.
There has been severe flooding in Louisiana during the month of August, 2016. When inmates learn about natural disasters, some of them become anxious. There is sometimes more anxiety than is already present from being away from home. Securus is a phone company that many jails use to allow inmates to call home. Until September 7, 2016, Securus is letting incarcerated people in Louisiana make one call a day so that they can check on their family members.
This is something that more companies should do if the facility doesn’t use Securus. It’s an act that shows that the company cares about the people who are in jail. It understands that staying in touch with family members and finding out about their well-being is important and can help keep them calm while they are incarcerated. The company plans to allow about $300,000 worth of free calls during the designated time period. Securus is also making a donation of $50,000 to the inmate welfare fund to provide further assistance to inmates. The Department of Corrections is working with Securus in order to make sure all inmates get that one phone call a day home to talk to their loved ones after the flood event.