Securus Technologies: Banning Contraband Cell Phones

Prisons in the United States are facing a major problem these days – the rise of usage of contraband cell phones inside the correctional facilities across the nation. It is illegal to use cell phones inside the correctional facilities because it can be an instrument to participate in illegal activities while being detained inside the prison. Jail guards and prison authorities have been working with Securus Technologies to develop a state of the art technology that would prevent these contraband cell phones from working inside the correctional facilities, and the leading prison telecommunications provider in the United States came up with an idea that would significantly decrease the contraband cell phone use. Securus Technologies revealed that they have finally developed the wireless containment system technology, and it will be installed in most of the prisons under the supervision of Securus Technologies. According to the jail guards and the prison authorities, the introduction of a wireless containment system to prevent the use of contraband cell phones is an impressive idea. Engineers and designers working for Securus Technologies explained that the wireless containment system will be able to block any messages or calls sent from the outside from reaching the target number if it is inside a correctional facility. The wireless containment system will be blocking all unauthorized calls and messages, and the authorities looking after the North American correctional facilities are positive that it will curb the instance of violence committed by inmates against pike living freely outside.

 

The wireless containment system was suggested by a concerned individual who works for a correctional facility served by Securus Technologies. He is presently working as one of the company’s consultant, and he suggested that a system is built to prevent and discourage the use of contraband cell phones. He stated that he experienced being assaulted by two men who were instructed by a prisoner who keeps communication with the outside world through contraband cell phones. He is diligent in confiscating the devices he deemed as illegal, and some prisoners started to keep a grudge against him. When the two armed men entered his house forcefully, they have a single mission in mind – to kill him. He was shot six times, but luckily, he survived.

 

He quit his job working at the correctional facility, and later on decided to join Securus Technologies as one of their consultants. With the introduction of the wireless containment system, he is hoping that the prisoners would no longer have a way to terrorize people living peacefully outside. Aside from blocking the phone numbers from the outside world from reaching the contraband cell phones, the prison authorities would also have the option to trace down the prisoners who are using contraband cell phones.

How ClassDojo Plans To Improve The Functionality of Its App

The series of funding ventures that ClassDojo has been having seems to go well for the company. In its series B round, the company managed to raise $21 million. The funding is to go to tech that connects parents, students, and educators. The communication platform, known as ClassDojo, will help parents keep tabs on their children’s activities in real time.

What makes it efficient is that parents will be communicated to every day. This is unlike in the past, where one had to attend a general parents meeting to see how the student is doing. Some of the funds collected will be set aside to make sure that the app has better features that involve parents more.

As much as the company has the option of making revenue from user’s data, the company’s founders explain that the company respects privacy. According to Liam Don, the co-founder of ClassDojo, the involvement of kids means that their privacy shouldn’t be compromised in any way. To compensate for this, the company is thinking of coming up with premium features that they could sell to parents.

One of the investors that hugely contributed to ClassDojo’s funding is the managing director of General Catalyst, Hemant Taneja. He contrasts the way the application is to the way it was way back, and states that its improvement is similar to social media’s has growth.

About ClassDojo

In 2011, Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don, the co-founders of ClassDojo, noticed a gap in the educational sector. The two noted that education tech businesses only created grade books, testing platforms, and digital curriculum. No one had created an easy-to-use app that would connect students, teachers, and parents. This was when the two came up with ClassDojo.

Currently, the app is in use by over 85,000 schools in the US alone. Most of those who use it fall between kindergarten and 8th Grade. To make the app better, the firm has been holding a series of fundraisers. Through them, ClassDojo has managed to raise over $31 million. The company is looking to increase its staff with this funding, as well as to make the app better for parents

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