Month: October 2017

Securus Technologies adapts battlefield technology to use in the nation’s prison

Throughout the history of technology, one of the major drivers of innovation has been war itself. World War I, World War II and the Vietnam war all yielded advances in technology that eventually made their way into improving the lives of everyday Americans. Things such as jet airline travel, the personal computer and high-performance automobiles all came out of wartime technology.


The trend of war driving technological innovation continues today. From the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, various technologies have made their way back to the civilian market, improving the lives of millions of Americans and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of various industries.


One such story is the technology known as Stingray that has been adapted by Securus Technologies, the leading inmate communications security company in the nation today. Stingray was developed on the battlefields of the Middle East, as a response to enemy insurgents using cellular technology to gain an advantage over American troops. Their advantage did not last long. The Stingray system has enabled troops to interdict and listen in on enemy communications taking place on any cellular device. This technology is now being repurposed for the prison industry, being deployed in the fight against illicit cellular devices within the nation’s jails and carceral facilities.


Cellular devices that are illegally brought into prisons pose a major security threats to the institutions where they are encountered. This is due to the ability of gangs to use cellular devices to further criminal enterprises, including ordering crimes to be committed on the outside of prison, potentially endangering civilians as well as inmates and guards.


The deployment of Stingray technology has radically reduced the number of illicit cellular devices in the institutions where this technology has been available. By removing the chief means of communications that gangs and their leaders have available, Securus is eliminating one of the largest potential security threats in prisons today.


The Legendary Orange Coast College’s Rowing Team

Orange Coast College (OCC), a community college in the Orange County, is known for many things but its sporting culture is legendary. The 70-year-old college has been participating in competitive rowing for over 60 years. The college’s rowing team accommodates students with whatever skill level in the sport, but in the end, many of them develop into professional rowers. Thanks to Cameron Brown and Steve Morris, the men’s coach and assistant coach respectively, who dedicate their time and expertise to making the team one of the best in the region and nationally. Learn more:

OCC’s men rowing team is dubbed the “Giant Killer.” The name originated from the team’s ability to match up to university level teams. In fact, over the years, OCC’s rowing team has brought home 11 national titles including the one the college got last year. The college has invested a lot of resources in the sport. A walk into David A. Grant Collegiate Rowing Center, OCC’s boathouse, reveals state of the art rowing equipment including boats that cost as high as $55,000.

The Orange Coast College is proud of its alumni who were part of the rowing team. The current coach of the Stanford University men’s team, Craig Amerkhanian, is a former student of OCC who credits the OCC’s rowing team for giving him a head start on his current career. Coach Morris is also a former student of OCC’s rowing team; he was one of the coxswains in OCC’s team.

The current team which participated in the 2017’s American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championship is living up to the college’s history in the sport. David Amado, 22, is the captain of the team. Before the competition, the team started practice as early as 6:30 in the morning. Although many good things are said about the sport, many team members say that it requires a lot of hard work and dedication. In fact, of the over 80 students that sign up for the sport, only less than half develop the resilience that rowing demands. However, many OCC’s students have got a break through the sport. For example, in 2016, a student received a rowing scholarship to Boston University. Learn more:


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