GTL Releases Video Visitation App for Handheld Device

GTL Releases Industry-Leading Video Visitation App for Handheld Device

New app, available for Android devices, allows for greater flexibility in visitation

Reston, Virginia (PRWEB) –March 31, 2015 – Global Tel*Link (GTL), the leading provider of integrated correctional technology solutions, announces that it has developed and released VisMobile Add-On, an addition to its VisMobile video visitation application for Android smartphone and tablet users. This release, an addition to the VisMobile app that allows users to register for and schedule visits, gives users whose loved ones are incarcerated in facilities that allow Internet video visitation the opportunity to conduct video visits from their Android devices.

“The release of the new addition to our VisMobile video visitation app for Android devices comes as a direct response to the needs of inmates’ family and friends utilizing Internet visitation capabilities,” said Brian Peters, GTL’s Product Manager for Video Initiatives. “Many of our Internet video visitation users prefer to use smartphones and tablets since these devices and services easily connect them to the Internet and are often less expensive than traditional computers, as well as enabling them to connect with their loved ones whenever and wherever they are. This app add-on makes internet visitation more convenient and flexible for our customers.”

Internet visitation with smartphones and tablets incorporates all of the same safety and security features as GTL’s other Internet and on-site video visitation technologies. This addition to GTL’s video visitation app was designed to avoid many of the issues experienced by many competing technologies on the market, most notably through its ability to adjust to bandwidth changes. The GTL video visitation app remains functional even when bandwidth changes, and it features built-in notifications to alert users when bandwidth issues are severe enough to affect visit quality or duration, ensuring a better experience for customers.

“The new version of the app means that it is easier for friends and family members to communicate with their incarcerated loved ones,” said Tim Skaja, GTL’s Vice President of Strategic Product Planning. “Now, a wider range of visitation is possible. An inmate’s grandmother may be able to speak with her grandson face-to-face while she is in a nursing home, or family members may be able to communicate with incarcerated loved ones across the country, without concerns about overly expensive, difficult-to-use technology.”

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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 32 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.

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The July/August 2015 print edition of Corrections Today included a story submitted by the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) about an automated process and system that was put in place to automate inmate requests to staff. The article explains how the request system that was deployed by GTL for SCDC ultimately led to a request fulfillment rate of 97.6%. The digital reprint is available below.
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GTL Releases Industry-Leading Video Visitation App for Handheld Device

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.