War is a terrible exercise in cruelty and the spreading of misery. However, war is not entirely without benefits, as any accounting needs to admit. One of the things that has been endemic to the prosecution of war since the Industrial Revolution has been the inevitable development of startling new technologies, many of which later find highly useful civilian applications.
As country’s vie for battlefield supremacy, they are often motivated, as in no other time or place, to develop quickly and efficiently the technologies that will give them the decisive edge over their enemy. This was as true in the wars of Afghanistan and Iraq as it has been in past conflicts. One of the most innovative technological developments to come out of these conflicts was a system that was known as STINGRAY. This was a mobile device that was able to spoof cell phone towers, tricking all local cellular devices into connecting with the system itself rather than the cellular towers to which they would normally be routed.
This system not only gave the user the ability to detect all cellular calls taking place within a given radius, usually on the order of one mile, it also was able to allow the user the option to allow the call to continue through to the normal tower it would have been routed to, allowing the user of the STINGRAY system to intercept and listen in on the entire call.
Now, this innovative system has been adapted for civilian use by Securus Technologies, one of the nation’s leading inmate communications providers in the country. Securus has developed its Wireless Containment System for use in the nation’s prisons and jails, allowing guards to stomp out the use of illegal cellular devices, with a success rate of nearly 100 percent.
The scourge of illegal cellular device use, which has plagued the nation’s prisons over the last 20 years, may soon be coming to a close as the result of this system. Without the ability to communicate with soldiers on the outside of prison, the ability of prison gangs to continue operating criminal enterprises and threaten the safety of civilians, guards and other inmates is severely hampered. As a result, prisons where the Wireless Containment System have been deployed are reporting dramatic increases in the overall safety of their operations.
But the most important aspect of this new system may be its ability to restore integrity to the justice system, which was rapidly eroding as the ability of prison gangs to intimidate witnesses, officers and otherwise interfere with the delivery of justice became ever more powerful.
Today, these systems are virtually eliminating the ability of prison gangs to undermine the criminal justice system by communicating orders with members on the outside.