Securus Technologies Purchases CellBlox – Key Provider of Technology That Limits Contraband Wireless Use in Prisons and Jails
Press Release Jan 14, 2015
Securus Further Expands Industry Leading Technology Portfolio to Include a Second Proprietary Managed Wireless Access System (MAS) Provider – CellBlox.
DALLAS, TX January 14, 2015/PRNewswire/ -- Securus Technologies, a leading provider of civil and criminal justice technology solutions for public safety, investigation, corrections and monitoring, announced today that it has purchased the assets of CellBlox, Inc., a leading provider of Managed Access Systems (MAS) that limit the use of contraband wireless units in prisons and jails in the United States.
"We continue to build on our industry leading proprietary high-tech solutions portfolio of products that we provide to the government sector and our agreement to acquire CellBlox, Inc. is a great addition," said Richard A. ("Rick") Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Securus Technologies, Inc.
"We not only have exclusivity in the United States to the Vanu Tactical MAS product – but now own all of the technology of CellBlox, Inc. – and that further expands our MAS product set with more people and more sophisticated hardware and software that greatly limits the use of contraband wireless units in the restricted areas of prisons and jails in the United States. We want to be the #1 provider of this technology and with this acquisition – we are," said Smith.
"Both Vanu Tactical and now CellBlox have developed proprietary technology that sorts out legitimate wireless device use and lets those calls/messaging proceed in a normal way but does not allow contraband units/signals to leave the facility and we are now the #1 provider of that technology in the United States," said Smith.
D. Edward LaChance, Chief Executive Officer of CellBlox, Inc. said, "Eliminating the use of contraband wireless units in restricted areas in prisons and jails utilizing an elegant technology solution has been our sole focus since we established CellBlox – and our team here has accomplished that in a big way. Securus is the perfect company for CellBlox's technology solutions to reside in – they have the largest number of products, they embrace creative IT solutions, they invest heavily in technology, they were easy for us to deal with, and they have the largest sales team in the sector – so there was no other choice for us."
Steel Pier Capital (SPC), a privately held, operationally driven private equity firm based in New York City, with its limited partners and global network of investors has financially backed CellBlox as a portfolio company since 2010.
About CellBlox, Inc.
CellBlox, Inc. is headquartered in Huntsville, AL and is an emerging industry leading provider of a superior Managed Access System (MAS) product. The CellBlox MAS leverages existing managed access technology which has been used in International markets for the last 15 years combined with CellBlox state of the art DAS, proprietary scanning and policy engine and CellBlox integrated operating system provides unsurpassed flexibility, scalability and responsiveness through dynamic configuration and remote management. CellBlox is unmatched in its ability to meet the demands of the cellular managed access market. The initial target market for CellBlox is unauthorized use of cellular phones in secured facilities. The CellBlox team is working with federal and state authorities to refine and deploy the revolutionary CellBlox product. CellBlox has offices in Huntsville, AL; Cambridge, MA; Atlanta, GA; and Washington D.C. You can learn more about CellBlox by visiting www.cellblox.com.
About Securus Technologies
Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and serving more than 2,600 public safety, law enforcement and corrections agencies and over 1,000,000 inmates across North America, Securus Technologies is committed to serve and connect by providing emergency response, incident management, public information, investigation, verification, communication, information management, inmate self-service, and monitoring products and services in order to make our world a safer place to live. Securus Technologies focuses on connecting what matters™. To learn more about our full suite of civil and criminal justice technology solutions, please visit www.securustech.net.