Some of the family members who use Securus Technologies’ exciting new video visitation technology have complained that it is little more than an over glorified version of Skype. However, this is not an accurate statement at all. The video visitation system devised by Securus is, in actuality, an extremely high-tech software solution with built-in security features that allow today’s modern prisons to keep the communications taking place over their systems completely secure.
Just one example of the many features that Securus’ video visitation system has built-in is the ability to flag any banned parties or any suspicious conversations. These features use highly sophisticated artificial intelligence algorithms to determine if somebody who is not authorized to be communicating with prisoners in a given cell block or tier has in fact been participating in conversations there. Once these banned parties have been flagged, officers are automatically alerted to the ongoing security breach, immediately giving them the option to either listen in on the conversation or shut the call down, outright.
These features have been used to collect evidence for criminal prosecutions as well as to keep the nation’s prisons safer than they would otherwise have been. The ability of officers to automatically intercept communications taking place among known criminal associates has dramatically increased the ability of prison staff to maintain a high level of safety within the nation’s carceral facilities. None of this would be possible over a traditional VoIP-based communications technology acting as a video visitation platform.
But even more than this, Securus video visitation allows inmates to stay in nearly constant touch with their family members, no matter where their family members happen to be. This has created great benefits for families, who are no longer subjected to the indignities of in-person visitations. Without Securus’ video visitation platform, family members would be forced to physically drive to the institution where their loved ones are incarcerated.