Richard Smith of Securus Technologies Discusses Where He Sees the Industry Going

Richard A. Smith is the Chief Executive Officer, Director, and Chairman of the Board of Securus Technologies. Securus Technologies, based in Dallas, Texas, is a technology company that provides its products and services to police departments and correctional facilities across the United States and Canada. Securus Technologies was founded in 1986 and has grown to have offices in Atlanta, Georgie, Carrollton, Texas, and Allen, Texas. Richard Smith was named the CEO of the company in June 2008.

Mr. Smith began his professional career in 1972 at Frontier Corporation. During his 26 year career at Frontier Corp., he was steadily promoted into higher positions of authority and responsibility. Among the positions he held as this company was Chief Information Officer, Director of Business Development, Vice President of Financial Management, Network Plant Operations Director, and President of Frontier Information Technologies.

In 1998 Rick Smith saw an opportunity to advance his career elsewhere and joined Eschelon Telecom Inc. as the Chief Financial Officer. In 2000 he was promoted to President and in 2003 he was named the company’s Chief Executive Officer. As with Frontier Corporation, Eschelon Telecom was a telecommunications company. the company was purchased by Integra Telecom in March 2007 and soon after Mr. Smith decided to leave the company.

Telecommunications is a large part of what Securus Technologies provides as the company is the leading provider of telephone services in correctional facilities. Prisoners use Securus Technologies services and network in order to contact their family and friends. Due to this, Richard Smith was a natural fit to lead the company and was named to his position by the former-CEO, Richard Falcone. Securus Technologies has telecommunications contracts with about 2,600 correctional facilities in Canada and the United States. Read more on Wikipedia.Org

In March 2017 Securus Technologies released a press statement that discusses the future of inmate communications. In the statement Richard Smith said that just has communications have radically changed over the last 10 years he expects to see the same happening over the next 10 years. He went on to say that Securus Technologies uses its products and services to save lives and prevent as well as solve crime. He said one of the big changes he sees happening very soon is that inmates will be able to use either Securus Technologies devices or their own devices in order to communicate with approved individuals in the outside world. These calls would be over a centralized platform that features low per minute rates and access to databases that includes education, jobs, books, legal resources, and other areas. In the interests of public safety, Securus Technologies will still be able to assist with monitoring calls even when inmates use their own devices. Visit LinkedIn and follow Rick’s profile.

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