One of the most innovative products to hit the U.S. prison industry in recent months has been the Wireless Containment System, offered by Securus Technologies. So far, the system has posted an astounding track record of being able to intercept and block outgoing phone calls from contraband cellular devices. With the ability to block 100 percent of all calls originating from unauthorized devices within the prisons where it is deployed, the system is the next step forward in the fight against contraband cell phones.
From battlefield to rec yard
The Wireless Containment System is a direct adaptation of the military-grade system known as Stingray. The system was first developed by the Department of Defense for use in the Middle East theater. With the ability to spoof nearby cell towers, the Stingray system was able to trick all cellular devices within its radius of operation into connecting to the system itself, falsely recognizing the Stingray system as being a cell tower.
This enabled the operator to either outright block the call or to pass it through to the nearest relay tower and listen in on everything that was being said. The system also allowed for soldiers to track the exact location of any cellular device that was turned on within the system’s operating radius.
The only problem with adapting the Stingray system to the civilian market was that it is extremely powerful. This means that, if the system is to be deployed in the nation’s prisons, there has to be a built-in mechanism that ensures that legitimate phone calls in the surrounding area are not affected by its use.
After a great deal of further development, Securus Technologies was able to perfect the system, allowing it to be safely operated only within the confines of the prison grounds. This has been tested to the satisfaction of the FCC, demonstrating the ability of the system to avoid interference with legitimate cellular traffic outside the prison’s perimeter.
Today, the Wireless Containment System is being deployed to many prisons across the country. It has demonstrated its power, racking up a track record of near 100-percent success at blocking all outgoing phone calls from illegal cellular devices. As a result of its use, prison wardens across the country are anticipating that dangerous gangs will now have a much more difficult time communicating with the outside world. This is a major step in creating a safer prison environment for all and in maintaining the integrity of the U.S. criminal justice system as a whole.
The next step for Securus is to continue selling the system to as many prisons across the country as possible. With the WCS’s incredible success, it shouldn’t be too difficult a task.