Securus Technologies works in close partnerships with the corrections departments and with the public safety sector to monitor and evaluate communications systems dealing with prisoners. Earlier this year, they announced a challenge bake off competition against GTL, their main rival.
Efficiency and Costs
The challenge was meant to gauge which firm was offering the better product. The criteria used by the independent judges on the competition were focused on efficiency and cost implications of the technologies being assessed. Speaking at a news conference, the CEO Richard A. Smith remarked that the challenge was inspired by the need to disapprove the sentiments aired by their rival, GTL.
GTL has always reiterated the fact that their products and services are comparable in every sense of the word to those offered by Securus Technologies. According to Rick, the CEO, however, nothing could be further from the reality.
The CEO is convinced that the challenge is akin to a one-horse race especially considering the amount of time, effort, and resources Securus has already invested-heavily- in the industry. Ricky went ahead to quote a staggering figure of $700 million as the money his firm had used to acquire related franchises and to develop and market their unique communication platforms.
The $700 million has been utilized in coming up with a robust tech platform which has a myriad of useful and intuitive features. The funds have catered to building the behemoth state of the art communications center as well. Securus has ended up with an entirely centralized platform, whereas GTL is still using the outdated localized platforms. The latter are more prone to fails. Hopefully, the challenge will put the matter to rest once and for all as to which company is superior.
Securus is defined as a non-profit prison calling technology firm. Its headquarters are in Dallas, Texas and it got founded in 1986. Currently, the firm employs over 1000 people in the over 2500 prisons across the nation and abroad.