GTL Receives ASTORS Homeland Security Awards for Corrections Technology Solutions

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GTL Receives ASTORS Awards for Corrections Technology Solutions

December 20, 2017

(PR Newswire) Reston, Va. – GTL, a leader in corrections technology and inmate communications, recently received two ‘ASTORS’ Homeland Security Awards. Providing services to over 2 million inmates in more than 2,500 correctional facilities, it is critical for GTL to maintain the highest technology standards.

GTL won a Platinum ASTOR Award in the Best Rugged Computer Tablet category for its Inspire® inmate tablet and a Silver ASTOR Award in the Best Cell Phone Detection Solution category for its Mobile IQ/blended approach for Best Cell Phone Detection Solution.

Companies in the security sector must be creative and comprehensive in their response to technological advances, cybersecurity attacks, and critical infrastructure issues. American Security Today’s ASTORS awards recognize exceptional innovative training and education programs, outstanding product development achievements, and exciting new technology to address security threats.

GTL’s Inspire tablet is a hardened inmate tablet featuring an advanced technology platform and versatile operating system. Built on an Android-based system, the tablet features a multi-layered security architecture that makes it the most secure inmate tablet on the market. It has been drop-tested to MIL-STD-810G standards and subjected penetration testing by Nettitude. The security architecture includes five distinct elements: network security, wireless security, operating system security, hardware security, and application security.

GTL’s tablets help keep inmates busy and engaged with education and communication, and maintain secure and monitored communications between inmates and their support networks.

GTL’s Mobile IQ™ offers a strategically balanced approach to address both supply and demand of contraband cell phones, focusing on three primary areas—detection, extraction, and analysis. Detection can be accomplished through a variety of means, ranging from low technology solutions like staff pat-downs, to high-end technology such as Managed Access, and everything in between.

GTLs products are customized for corrections facilities and designed to integrate with existing infrastructure to deliver security, value, and operational efficiencies with the broader goal of aiding inmate rehabilitation and reducing the cycle of recidivism. This recognition by American Security Today underscores GTL’s continued leadership in correctional technology.

To learn more about GTL Inspire® inmate tablet, contraband detection solutions, or for a product demonstration – contact GTL today.

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December 20, 2017 / Blog

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GTL Receives ASTORS Homeland Security Awards for Corrections Technology Solutions

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.