PTAB Ruling Underscores the Strength of Key GTL Patents For Detecting and Controlling Contraband Cell Phones in Correctional Facilities

Key Technology Keeps Facilities, Offenders and Staff Safer

Reston, Virginia (PRNewsWire) – June 9, 2016 – Global Tel*Link (GTL) , the leading provider of correctional technology solutions and an innovator in payment services solutions for government agencies, today announced that the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) has rejected Securus Technologies’ request for Inter-Partes Review of GTL contraband cell phone detection patents 8,233,880 (‘880) and 8,606,229 (‘229). The PTAB found that Securus failed to show a reasonable likelihood that Securus could demonstrate that any of the claims of these patents were unpatentable. These key GTL technologies detect, monitor, and report contraband cell phone activity to assist GTL customers in combating the growing security threat of illegal phones in their facilities.

“Our patent portfolio covers a wide range of exciting new products that address rising security threats in correctional facilities across the nation,” said GTL CEO Brian Oliver. “This PTAB ruling underscores the strength of some of those patents, specifically those protecting technology to detect and control unauthorized wireless devices within a prison.”

GTL remains committed to bringing its customers not only the products that have become mainstays in facilities across the nation, but also innovative new technologies like Mobile IQ, Fusion, and Data IQ – allowing customers to pick and choose the solutions that are right for their facility.

“Each year, thousands of contraband phones are seized from inmates in correctional facilities across the nation – each phone posing a significant threat to the safety and security of offenders, facilities, and staff,” said Oliver. “There is no one-size fits all solution to combat this problem and if correctional facilities are to make any significant headway against the growing tide of contraband cell phones, a blended approach is the only way to go. Using a combination of detection, extraction, and analytical tools, GTL’s spectrum of technologies allow our customers to address contraband cellphones through a tailor-made solution, protected by GTL’s robust patent portfolio.”


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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.