In Nine Months GTL Deploys Over 1,000 Flex Link Units Nationwide

Correctional facilities see benefits in functionality and applications of GTL Flex Link units

Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – July 19, 2016 – Global Tel*Link (GTL) , the leading provider of correctional technology solutions and an innovator in payment services solutions for government, today announced the nationwide deployment of its 1000th Flex® Link multi-service kiosk unit – increasing GTL’s overall kiosk installs to over 10,000.

GTL’s Flex Link and Inspire tablet programs are a culmination of GTL’s efforts to provide customers with a unified enhanced services platform. “Over the last three years, we have spent millions of dollars redeveloping our service offerings and hardware platforms to ensure that correctional facilities can easily offer everything from educational services to video visitation without the burden of hardware and infrastructure changes,” said Brian Peters, Executive Director of Inmate Applications & Hardware at GTL. “The Flex Link product was launched less than nine months ago, and already over 1,000 Flex Link units have been installed across the United States – it’s a testament to our product management, development and service organizations to make this happen in such a short time.”

The Flex Link’s patent-pending design is adaptable to the corrections market, allowing units to be mounted to any pre-existing inmate telephone infrastructure. The slim design of the Flex Link provides a drastically reduced footprint on a correctional facility’s wall space. This all-in-one solution integrates some of the most commonly requested inmate services into one secure application – including ordering commissary items, and receiving incoming email messages – all while seamlessly interfacing with current facility applications and those from third-party vendors. Utilizing a multi-function device like GTL’s Flex Link eliminates the need to have several systems and processes within an inmate pod.

For more information about this technology or for a demonstration contact GTL today.

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About Global Tel*Link
GTL is the leading provider of integrated correctional technology solutions, delivering financial value, security, and ease of operation to our customers through visionary products and solutions at the forefront of corrections innovation. As a trusted correctional industry leader, GTL provides service to approximately fifty percent of inmates nationwide, including service to 33 state departments of corrections, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 32 of the largest city/county facilities. GTL is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, with more than 10 regional offices across the country. To find out more about GTL, please visit our website www.gtl.net. You can also view us on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.

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In Nine Months GTL Deploys Over 1,000 Flex Link Units Nationwide

By: Scott Hoostal – Associate Product Manager, GTL

GTL’s touchscreen-based multi-service unit, known as the Flex Link, has officially become Underwriters Laboratory (UL) Component Certified.

GTL’s Flex Link allows correctional facilities to deliver a diverse set of services to inmates, such as video visitation, inmate messaging and requests, phone calls, and commissary ordering. Delivering such a wide array of software means that uptime and reliability is paramount to the success of GTL’s service deployments. To verify the hardware’s reliability, GTL sent the Flex Link to Underwriters Laboratory (UL) for quality and safety testing.

UL is a global independent safety and science company that is “dedicated to promoting safe living and working environments.” UL has over a hundred years’ experience—with their ubiquitous “UL Certified” sticker on billions of products worldwide.

The UL recognition means that GTL’s Flex Link has the honor of being able to carry a UL logo on each individual unit, indicating that the Flex Link has met stringent UL requirements. In order to receive certification, the Flex Link unit had to undergo an eight-week process whereby UL engineers tested the quality and functionality of its hardware components. The UL engineers looked at many factors, such as the material durability, mounting and maintenance procedures, and field safety of the Flex Link. As a result of these tests, the Flex Link was determined to be mechanically sound and awarded a UL seal.

The Component Recognition of GTL’s Flex Link unit affirms GTL’s efforts to provide the highest quality products possible in the corrections market. The image below is an example of the label that will soon be shipping on all of the Flex Link units across the United States. The UL marking is valid in the U.S. and Canada and helps ensure GTL’s Flex Link multi-service unit is fit for the corrections market.

To learn more about our Flex Link multi-service unit or for a product demonstration contact GTL today.

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Payment & Deposit Solutions

Payment Services

GTL’s Deposit Systems create efficiencies when taking deposits, reduce correctional facility costs, and increase the convenience for friends and family members. GTL offers a broad selection of products to choose from so that the right mix can be created for every facility.

Booking & Intake Solutions

GTL offers multiple options for friends and family to set up and fund telephone accounts, inmate trust accounts, or commissary accounts. This streamlines the payment process for friends and family members seeking to communicate with incarcerated loved ones or provide them with funds.

Release Solutions

GTL’s innovative technology allows correctional facilities to streamline the release process through a suite of easy-to-use, time-saving products for returning inmate funds at the time of release.

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Enterprise Management Solutions

Offender Management System (OMS)

From intake to release, information on all aspects of an inmate’s incarcerations are maintained by the GTL Offender Management System (OMS) – including initial intake, charges, sentencing, property, housing, medical, meal planning, scheduling, and temporary release to name a few.

Inmate Accounting & Commissary

OMS Accounting was specifically designed to meet the needs of correctional facilities of every size. Unlike standard off-the-shelf accounting systems, OMS Accounting offers corrections institutions the exact modules that will help them complete all of their correctional facility’s accounting activities.

Virtual Receptionist

GTL’s Facility Services Secretary allows friends and families to easily access facility information, inmate status, and other services such as court dates, release dates, facility address and directions, rules and policies, visitation information and hours, just by dialing a single toll-free number.

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Investigative & Intelligence Solutions

Call & Voice Analysis

GTL’s IQ family of call and voice analysis products offer investigators a range of options for gathering actionable intelligence to combat fraud, criminal activity, and gang and terrorist recruitment by pinpointing the location of a called party, identifying phone type, detecting calls from multiple inmates to a single called party, and identifying inmates using voiceprints.

Data Analysis

GTL’s data analysis tools include a powerful data mining and link analysis application to identify actionable intelligence critical to ensuring a facility’s safety and security. They offer the ability to take any data source for the purposes of analysis, even including the detection of mobile devices and the extraction of its data.

Intelligence & Forensic Services

GTL’s Intelligence as a Service offering is flexible enough to meet the unique demands of individual facilities. Focused on the development of actionable intelligence, analysts are trained and equipped with the tools to analyze vast amounts of raw data to provide facilities with the proverbial “needle in a haystack.” Depending on facility needs, analysts can also be equipped to provide mobile device forensic services to extract data from legally seized contraband phones, thus assisting facilities in shutting down the supply of contraband.

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Communication Solutions

Inmate Telephone Systems

GTL’s feature-rich Inmate Telephone System is a turnkey solution that comes complete with all hardware and software, including the telephone network, circuits, monitoring and recording system, call-control system, secure database, telephones, workstations, printers, and associated software.

Inmate Messaging

Message Link provides an electronic alternative to an otherwise inefficient and potentially tainted communication method. As contraband and cryptic messages are entering correctional facilities through an ever-rising level of creativity, Message Link provides a secure, controlled environment for inmate messaging.

Visitation Management

The GTL VisitMe video visitation solution allows facilities to transition traditional in-person visitation service to a more secure on-premise or remote alternative. This highly scalable solution can help facilities improve security while reallocating staff time to more critical tasks.

VisitMe Scheduler can eliminate long queues in the visitation area by avoiding the chaos of having a high volume of concurrent visitors at the facility. In so doing, the system also minimizes staffing requirements.

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Inmate Services

Education & Information

Education Link allows inmates to take advantage of several electronic learning initiatives while monitoring and reporting each inmate’s progress so adjustments can be made, if necessary.

Entertainment

Our in-pod kiosk can be configured to allow inmates to access a variety of approved multimedia applications through a secure personal device. Offerings in the GTL entertainment portfolio provide access to the largest MP3/4, video, and e-book secure library available.

In-Facility Services

Introducing GTL Genesis to a facility provides an automated alternative to manual, behind-the-bars activities. In addition, the GTL Genesis provides the opportunity to introduce new interactive technologies that help inmates manage their incarcerated time.