GTL Mobile IQ Product Suite Launched as Affordable and Reliable Means of Eliminating
Cell Phones in Correctional Facilities

Real solution replacing costly and unreliable Managed Access Solutions

Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – May 20, 2016 – Global Tel*Link (GTL) , the leading provider of correctional technology solutions and an innovator in payment services solutions for government, today deployed Mobile IQ ™, a new proprietary strategy designed to decrease the use of contraband cell phones in correctional facilities across the United States. Each year, thousands of contraband phones are seized from within the secure perimeter of facilities, posing a threat to the safety and security of offenders, facilities and staff.

GTL is proud to partner with agencies in combating the growing security threat of illegal phones in their facilities. Mobile IQ is a three pronged layered approach for addressing the problem of illegal phones. It focuses on 1) Detection, 2) Extraction and 3) Analysis or (DEA), providing a better alternative to Managed Access Solutions (MAS).

Mitch Volkart, Product Manager at GTL said “We are pleased to have come to market with a secure solution no other vendor can compete with, for safer and more secure facilities. Through Mobile IQ, our customers will benefit from investigative efficiencies that MAS and other detection tools do not provide. Our customers can now apply an ‘intelligence led corrections’ approach for eliminating contraband phones in their facilities, creating a safer, and more secure environment for everyone in the correctional ecosystem.” Mr. Volkart added “GTL has reached a new milestone of over 500 users of Data IQ, GTL’s industry leading data mining and link analysis application, and key component of Mobile IQ,”

“Many agencies around the country initially get caught up in the concept of MAS to address the contraband cell phone problem, but we are seeing those who test the waters move away from MAS,” said Chris Tarbert, Senior Vice President at GTL. “MAS is limited for many reasons, including that it is costly for agencies, it does not address WiFi and satellite calls, and it fails to address the link between supply and demand for contraband phones. Facilities using MAS may see a slight decline in the number of cell phones but nowhere near a significant enough decline to warrant a positive return on investment. A continued recovery of contraband phones is a clear indication MAS technology isn’t very effective in controlling illicit phone communication.”

GTL is focusing on providing sound products and strategy through the multi-faceted Mobile IQ approach. With Mobile IQ, our customers will address contraband phone devices already in their facilities and shutting down the supply chain of these devices. To learn how GTL’s Mobile IQ solution can work for you, contact GTL Today.


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

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In the push to reduce the recidivism rate, correctional facilities are moving away from a traditional layout to one that is designed for inclusiveness and keeping inmates engaged with outside society. Studies have shown that maintaining a support structure is a key component to keeping inmates on the right path to successful reintegration into society after release. In Australia, a new maximum security prison opened this year that includes no cells. Instead, inmates are housed in dormitory-style accommodations with 25 inmates in 16 ‘pods’ that offer more access to education, entertainment, and communication with friends and families. This novel move seeks to enhance inmates’ daily lives by making these services more accessible and improve re-integration into society. Inmates have access to technology that connects them with friends and family members, news, books, movies, education, games, and more. They are required to work for up to five hours during the day and pursue education and other programs in the remaining time. This progressive approach aligns with GTL’s vision of technology and education being available to every inmate. “GTL has the technology portfolio to enable correctional facilities to execute their strategies,” said Gad Tobaly, President, GTL International. “Whether those strategies are similar to the open-plan jail approach or focus on a more traditional environment, we offer the innovations to help facilities become safer and more secure while providing inmates with access to programs that improve their lives during and after incarceration.” GTL creates new technologies and advocates for tablets, education, and other programs to help reduce recidivism rates. “These new facilities highlight the need for technology in corrections,” said Eric Gonzalez, Executive Director, Technology and Implementation Services. “Today’s inmates are digital natives, having grown up in the age of computers, cell phones, tablets, and more. It is only logical that providing them with technology and programs to learn and better themselves through those access points is the direction that corrections is taking.” As part of GTL’s ongoing mission to keep our offerings in line with global corrections trends, the company will once again be a sponsor at the International Corrections & Prisons Association (ICPA) Annual Conference. This year’s conference is being held at the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal, Canada. The conference theme of “Beyond Prisons: The Way Forward” will draw discussion on the underpinning philosophies, strategic direction, policies, and practices being instituted across the globe. More than 500 delegates from over 70 countries attend this prestigious conference. GTL and two collaborating organizations will present on two topics that relate to the use of technology in aiding the corrections and criminal justice systems. “Transforming the Inmate Environment: How and Why Facilities are Implementing Tablet Programs” will discuss how technology is used to humanize correctional efforts and will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in Maisonneuve A Room. “Virtual-Enabled Justice: Delivering Swifter Outcomes and Improved Victim and Witness Experience” will discuss the use of technology to create ‘virtual courts’ that fuel efficiency, safety, and security, and will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 3:30 p.m. in Maisonneuve A Room. To learn more about our technology solutions, contact GTL today.