|By PR Newswire||
|April 4, 2014 02:58 PM EDT||
DALLAS, April 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Securus Technologies, a leading provider of inmate communications services, investigative technologies, corrections/law enforcement/ emergency information technology services, interactive voice response systems, and active global positioning systems (GPS) based offender monitoring devices announced today continued strong growth of the industry leading patent portfolio for the corrections, parole, and law enforcement sectors.
"We have had a total of 121 patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and patent offices in other countries and have another 61 patents pending – so 182 patents issued or pending," said Richard A. ("Rick") Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technologies, Inc. "That represents approximately 75% of the entire corrections sector patents (Issued plus Notice of Allowance plus Pending status patents) and we are filing an additional 20 to 30 patents per year. The vast majority of our patents have been developed on a greenfield basis – but we did acquire 17 through our transaction with STOP (Satellite Tracking of People) that are related to GPS tracking of parolees," said Smith.
Mr. Smith continued, "We have approximately 150 software developers, over 100 field service technicians, and a large marketing and R & D Team that have good ideas – things that our prison and jail customers want, and we routinely turn those ideas into patents. It's our biggest, most valuable asset – good people with ideas that are solving our customers' problems."
Dennis Reinhold, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Securus Technologies, Inc. indicated, "Our patent portfolio includes patents in most areas of corrections communications and operations including audio calling, video calling, fraud detection, call platform architecture, call storage, inmate purchasing, billing, call throughput, inmate monitoring, word spotting, biometrics, and commissary services, and there are many other areas.
"We build patents around products that our customers want – and that is good for inmates, friends and family, officers, investigators, victims of crimes, and society – I am proud of what we have contributed to our industry. We help solve and prevent crimes – and ultimately save lives!"
Securus Technologies, Inc. is one of the largest providers of detainee communications, parolee tracking, and government information management solutions, serving approximately 2,600 correctional facilities in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and Mexico, and more than 1,000,000 inmates nationwide. A recognized leader in providing comprehensive, innovative technical solutions and responsive customer service, Securus' sole focus is the specialized needs of the corrections and law enforcement communities. Securus is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, including four regional offices in the Dallas metro area as well as one in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information please visit the Securus website at www.securustech.net.
SOURCE Securus Technologies, Inc.