Securus Technologies Receives Approval from United States Patent Office for Industry Leading 162 Patents with 86 More Pending
DALLAS, TX October 19, 2016/PRNewswire/ —
Securus Technologies, a leading provider of civil and criminal justice technology solutions for public safety, investigation, corrections and monitoring, announced today that the United States Patent Office issued five (5) new Securus patents in August to October, 2016, granted 36 patents in the last 3 years, and Securus has filed 90 new patent applications in the last 3 years.
“We received word from the United States Patent Office that we were issued five (5) new patents in August to October, 2016,” said Richard A. (“Rick”) Smith, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technologies, Inc. “That increases our total patent portfolio to 248, the largest in our industry by far. The entire rest of the industry has 135 patents compared to our 248 patents, so we lead by 113 patents – and that number is distributed among 7 different competitors.”
Securus’ five (5) new patents are outlined as follows:
||Advertisements In Controlled-Environment Communication Systems Using Tablet Computing Devices
||The controlled-environment communications system selects advertisement(s) to be played on the tablet operated by the resident.
||Location Based Services For Controlled-Environment Facilities
||Systems and methods for developing, deploying, providing, and/or operating location-based services for controlled-environment facilities (e.g., jails, prisons, etc.).
||Covert Infrared Monitoring And Recording Of Images And Video In Controlled-Environment Facilities
||An infrared image and/or a video of one or more residents of a controlled-environment facility is captured using an imaging device of a controlled-environment facility resident communication and/or media device.
||Exclusion Engine For Electronic Communications In Controlled-Environment Facilities
||PAn exclusion engine for electronic communications in controlled-environment facilities. This method may include receiving, at one or more computer systems, a request for an electronic communication between a resident and a non-resident of a controlled-environment facility.
Mr. Smith continued, “We currently have approximately 200 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, things that are unique, 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.
“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, Incarcerated Individual purchasing, billing, call throughput, Incarcerated Individual monitoring, word spotting, voice biometrics, and commissary services, and there are many other areas.
“We issued a formal ‘Patent Portfolio Bake Off’ Challenge to the former leading competitor in our sector that went unanswered so we did something that was even better, I believe,” said Smith. “We used our outside counsel to engage three (3) independent, well-known, intellectual property consulting firms to compare and contrast our patent portfolio with our competitor’s patent portfolio. Outside counsel did not disclose who their client was, so the comparison was independent, intellectually honest and non-biased. Counsel didn’t even tell the consulting firms what the list of patents was for each company. Securus didn’t provide any help or assistance to aid their analysis at all.
“The three (3) independent patent portfolio analyses clearly show that by virtually any qualitative or quantitative measurement, Securus’ patent portfolio is much stronger, broader and valuable than the other company’s portfolio,” Smith said. “We did this work, spent this time and paid a significant amount of money to make clear to everyone that we have the largest and best patent portfolio that exists in the industry today – period.
“We build patents around products that our customers want – and that is good for Incarcerated Individuals, friends and family, officers, investigators, victims of crimes and society – I am proud of what we have contributed to our industry. We improve Incarcerated Individual communications, reduce recidivism, help solve and prevent crimes – and ultimately save lives,” concluded Smith.
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About Securus Technologies
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and serving more than 3,450 public safety, law enforcement and corrections agencies and over 1,200,000 inmates across North America, Securus Technologies is committed to serve and connect by providing emergency response, incident management, public information, investigation, biometric analysis, communication, information management, inmate self-service, and monitoring products and services in order to make our world a safer place to live. Securus Technologies connecting what matters®. For more information, please visit SecurusTechnologies.tech.