“Drone” is a common named used for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Drones operate with various degrees of autonomy. They are either remote controlled by a human operator or by using onboard computers. I don’t know much about drones and drone technology but the one thing I do know about them is that they have been very controversial. Whether drones are being used for recreational purposes, or for business matters of National and International Security, this technology has been steeped in controversy since its inception. To add to the controversy, it turns out that drones are currently being used to carry contraband to inmates in our correctional facilities. Corrections officials have found evidence of drones being used to carry anything from drugs to cellphones-even weapons! According to a recent article, there are active pilot programs that use drone detection to combat these type of threats.
While doing research for a writing assignment, I learned of a firm called Securus Technologies. Headquartered in Carrollton Texas, Securus is a leader in providing technology-enabled solutions for law enforcement and public safety. The firm also provides services for investigations, corrections and government payment services.
In 2018, Securus won three Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Competition is stiff for Stevie Awards competitions. Seven programs are vested in this competition, including: Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, the German Stevie Awards, The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Great Employers, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. This competition receives over 10,000 entries each year from organizations in more than 60 nations.
Drone detection is still very much an emerging technology. That being said, Securus is currently testing their drone detection technology in trials to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the technology. The detection uses digital antennae structure or DAS similar to Securus’ Wireless Containment Solution. Using drones to circumvent existing security measures of our correctional institutions to deliver harmful contraband to inmates, is growing in frequency. One of the goals of the Securus’ drone detection pilot programs is to work with corrections and security experts to fine tune the technology to make it even more reliable and effective. However, the overall mission of drone detection technology is to make our world a safer place to live in.