Prison technology and government payment processing giant, Securus Technologies, announced that the company has acquired GovPayNet, one of the largest payment processors in the industry. The deal will allow GovPayNet, headquartered in Indianapolis, to operate under that name in the future. The company was formed in 1997 and specializes in processing government debit and credit payments, and has current contracts with over 3,500 agencies in the United States. Their business covers over 26% of U.S. counties. The move will allow Securus the capability to process over 1.2 million payments per year, establishing the company as the premier player in that space.
Securus Technologies is a Dallas, Texas-based technology company that specializes in inmate self-service, phone and video conferencing, biometric analysis, emergency management, and incident management to over 2,300 corrections facilities in North America. The company employees over 1,000 people in Dallas and three other regional offices in the United States. The move to acquire GovPayNet is the latest in a number of acquisitions by the company in the past 10 years, as they have positioned themselves as the number one provider of inmate and parolee communications. The CEO of GovPayNet, Mark MacKenzie, will stay in his leadership role at the company.
Have you ever wanted to share a moment with your family but were behind bars? Did you feel like Christmas passed you by because you cannot hear, see, or feel the warm embrace of your loved ones? Well now you have that opportunity to connect with your family through new technology in communication provided by Securus Technologies.
Imagine a father inmate in a courtyard or commons area patiently waiting to place a call to his family before Christmas morning. Now imagine on the other end a young boy waiting to share with his father the Christmas gifts and hear his father’s voice after weeks of physical separation. The inmate father places the call and his facial expressions brighten from the cold hard stare of jail life to a sunshine of a smile as he hears his little son’s voice for the first time. He not only hears his son’s voice but he sees his son for the first time and comes to discover just how big he has gotten. His son pans the camera around to share all of the wonderful gifts and show all of the family’s decorations at the house and the father’s face fills with joy and pride as his voice gleams with the excitement of seeing and feeling all of this from a jail so many hundreds of miles away in a different state.
This is what is possible by this company which has serves an inmate population totaling 1,000,000 in the United States. This communication feature has helped law enforcement in surveillance and monitoring of real time inmate calls and video communication. It has helped to curb crime activities within jails before they even happen in some cases. This company is headquartered in Dallas,TX and have a regional office in Atlanta, GA too. For more information about Securus please visit the link here: https://www.crunchbase.com/organization/securus-technologies
Securus Technologies, one of the leading providers of technology solutions for the civil and criminal justice system, released a statement designed to correct the inaccuracies in a press release from their competitor Global-Tel Link.
GTL’s release alleges the Patent Trial and Appeals Board ruled they could seek damages and injunctions against Securus for infringing on GTL patents. Securus explained the PTAB hasn’t validated GTL’s 816 patent claim so GTL won’t be able to seek damages or injunctions. GTL also alleged the PTAB has preserved all GTL’s 55 816 patent claims related to video visitation monitoring systems. Securus clarified saying GTL only has one independent claim which the PTAB has declined to review and Securus doesn’t use GTL’s security feature in its technology.
GTL alleged the PTAB ruled GTL’s video visit monitoring innovations were patentable and GTL is allowed to take the case back to court. Securus explained the PTAB didn’t decide the innovations were patentable and declined to review the claims and the case won’t soon be headed back to court. GTL alleged the PTAB validated claims would be back in court soon. Securus clarified that GTL’s claims weren’t validated and the case won’t go to a jury this year. Plus Securus will show it doesn’t use GTL technology.
GTL’s claims it’s seeking injunctions and damages, if granted, would force Securus to stop using video visitation platforms based on GTL’s patented technologies. Securus said it’s video visitation platform doesn’t use GTL’s patented technologies so no infringement has occurred and no injunction will be granted. GTL alleges Securus often sues and settles with its competitors. Securus explained it has licensed its technology to many companies, including GTL, using mutually acceptable financial arrangements. Securus has far more favorable patent metrics and GTL is wasting millions rather than entering into another license agreement.