Rick Smith of Securus Technologies Leads in Providing Safety through Modern Gadgets

Rick Shinto of Securus Technologies was appointed chair in July 2008. Many believed that he was the right person to take over the position. This is because of his excellent leadership skills in his past work experiences. True to those words, Rick Smith has been nothing but supportive of Securus Technologies since his admission to the chair. His academic credentials speak well of his abilities to offer leadership guidance to an established business. His unique skills and impressive track record of excellence set him apart from other leaders. His previous work experiences border finance, operations, business development, and telecommunications. With his leadership skills, Rick Smith has overseen the growth of the company to a higher level.

Securus Technologies

Securus Technologies is an organization that employs modern technology to produce safety measures in correctional facilities. The company has its headquarter in Texas. Guided by Rick Smith, the company provides a broad range of communication services for public safety, correctional facilities and enforcement agencies across the world. For Securus Technologies, emergency response tops the list of services provided. The company serves over 20,000 inmates and has an employee base of over 2,000. With Rick Smith as the head, Securus has continued investing in gadgets and software that aid in quick communication, monitoring of inmates, biometric analysis, incident management and inmate self-service. Read more on Crunchbase.com


Rick Smith has an excellent academic background. He attended the Rochester Institute of Technology. He also went to the State University of New York. From there, he attained a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He advanced his studies by acquiring a master’s degree in engineering from the same school. After his studies, he joined the Rochester Institute of Technology for an MBA. This time, he attained the credentials from Simon School. Since 1972, Smith has held executive positions in various companies. He acquired his first experience from Global Crossing in North America. His duties in the enterprise comprised being controller as well as chief information officer. He also worked at Frontier Information Technologies. In this organization, he was the president.


After his service at Frontier Technologies, he joined Midwest Telephone Operations as the vice president. His later went on to work at Network Plant Operations. In this company, Smith was the operations director. His services extended to being the business development manager and vice president in charge of the finance department. In 1998, Smith joined Eschelon Telecom Inc. He served as the chief financial officer of the company until 2000. One year after his service as the chief financial officer, he was appointed president. In 2003, he was elevated to chief executive officer of Eschelon. As the chief executive officer, he led Eschelon to earn a profit of $350 million from the initial $30 million. He served the company until 2007. In 2008, he joined Securus Technologies. Read more on PRNewsWire.com.

Securus pinpoints GTL’s inaccuracies in its press release

Following a press release issued by Global Tel Link (GTL) on June 7, 2016, Securus Technologies, a leading provider of innovative civil and criminal justice integrated technology solutions, has come out strongly to refute what it terms as GTL’s erroneous claims and set the record straight through the following press release.


GTL assertion 1: According to GTL, the US Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) has validated its patent No. 7,256,816. Based on the PTAB ruling, GTL seeks damages as well as an injunction against Securus Technologies in Texas federal court.


Securus clarification 1: Because the court has stopped further legal process on the case, GTL has no right to seek neither damages nor an injunction against Securus. What’s more, Securus is seeking a rehearing of the allegedly ‘PTAB-validated ‘816 patent’.


GTL assertion 2: PTAB upheld all 55 claims related to the ‘816 patent, which copyrights GTL’s video visitation technology that allows law enforcement to observe video visitations.


Securus clarification 2: Securus does not use GTL’s ‘816 patent on its video visitation platforms.


GTL assertion 3: PTAB ruled that GTL’s innovations are patentable, which allows GTL to copyright its innovations.


Securus clarification 3: Contrary to GTL’s assertions, the PTAB only maintained their unwillingness to review the claims, and in that regard, Securus has filed a petition for rehearing.


GTL assertion 4: According to GTL’s CEO, the company will move to court within a few months to provide evidence on how Securus infringes the PTAB-Validated ‘816 patent.


Securus clarification: It is highly likely that the case will be heard in court in a few months or even this year.


GTL allegation 5: If the court grants GTL damages and an injunction, Securus will be forced to stop incorporating GTL’s patented innovations in its video visitation technology


Securus clarification 5: Because Securus is not using any of GTL’s patented innovations; therefore, an injunction is highly unlikely.


GTL assertion 6: According to Oliver, Securus has established a reputation of bullying industry competitors through lawsuits, threats, and vague accusations. GTL seeks to end this bullying cycle by defending its technologies in court.


Securus Clarification 6: Securus has over the years reached amicable license agreements with industry counterparts and in particular GTL.


Rather than agreeing to a license agreement on patents, GTL has chosen to wage war over patents with Securus despite the fact that Securus boasts of twice as many patents and favorable patent metrics compared to GTL.


With their headquarters in Dallas, Texas, Securus Technologies serves over 3,450 correctional facilities and over 1.2 million convicts in North America with its wide range of innovative technological solutions.