Rick Smith is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technology. Smith was appointed to the position of CEO in 2008.
Securus technology is one of the top highly recognized innovative technology company that is helping ease operations at the prison departments in the United States The company is based in Dallas Texas. Prior to his appointment at Securus Technology, Smith worked as the president of Eschelon Telecom Inc. He was appointed to the top management position owing to his vast experience and dedication in the field of technology.
Securus Technology has been in the forefront in devising the use of video calls for inmates thus has enhanced communication between them and their families in the outside world. Video calls have replaced the old method of face to face visits thereby creating convenience on the part of the families who had to travel long distances just to see their loved ones for a few minutes. Additionally, this technology has helped the prisons save money, increase safety and has allowed for a broader window of communication between the inmates and the outsiders. Securus has also invented a new method of identification in the prisons, the use of biometrics technology. This type of technology has made easier and faster to identify inmates and has made the management of prisoner’s numbers more effectively.
Securus Technology Company serves over 2000 correctional facilities across North America and Canada. Under Smith leadership, Securus Company has invested over 600 million dollars into various technological projects and patents within three years. Through Securus Technology, prisons can now collect and organize data which can be used to better track inmates, help solve crimes and help local law enforcement in maintaining law and order.
In 2015 Securus technology struck a major acquisition deal with JPAY Inc. JPAY is a technological company that has innovated several applications for correctional facilities. The innovations are in electronic payment systems, email, and entertainment. JPAY provides its services to over 33 state owned prisons thus the acquisition is a significant move for Securus.
Securus Technology was founded in 1986 and has been at the forefront in changing the needs of prisons and law enforcements for over thirty years. Securus has achieved a lot in their mission to creating change in the correctional facilities and has over 140 patents to their name and is the leading innovative technology company for the criminal justice system. Smith has continued with the company legacy of technological innovation, and under his able leadership, the company continues to invest in innovations that are geared to improving communication, information collection, and access.
Rick Smith is well educated; he attended the State University of New York, Buffalo where he pursued a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering. He then advanced his Education and got an MBA from the University of Rochester’s Simon School. Smith also holds a master in mathematics degree from the State University of New York, Brockport.