Securus Technologies is an American for-profit prison technology company. The company’s has its headquarters in Dallas, Texas. It was founded in 1986. The firm is one of the largest providers of detainee communications, government information, management solutions, and parolee tracking. It serves more than 2600 facilities in USA, Canada, and Mexico.
Securus Technologies recently announced that they would offer free calls to inmates incarcerated in the Louisiana State Prison. Their reason was prompted by recent floods that had affected the area. The plan includes each prisoner getting one free phone call per day from September 7th.
Securus Technologies announced their partnership with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (LA DOC) on September 1, 2016. The move by Securus Technology may be viewed as very humane in that they have kept the interest of the inmates at heart. Richard A. “Rick” Smith, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Securus Technologies, said that connecting inmates with their family was among the key responsibilities of the company. He continued by saying that the task was more vital because of the recent floods that had hit the Louisiana area. The flooding was very severe, and that is why he felt that the inmates needed to maintain communication with their loved ones to reduce anxiety and stress.
It is estimated that the prisoners will make more than 250000 free calls that will cost Securus Technologies almost $300000. In addition to the free calls, Securus Technologies will give out contributions of $50000 to the inmate welfare fund at the Louisiana Department of Corrections.
Image recognition is an up an coming technology that is the next generation of product searching. This technology has been available in the google image search for years, and has been advancing in ways we never imagined. Image recognition can be used as a lock screen on cell phones and detect fingerprints and unlock computers. There are many applications for image recognition and it is now breaking into everyday commerce as well.
Slyce is a company that utilizes this technology to meet the growing needs of businesses everywhere. Slyce features a Universal Scanner that allows the user to snap a picture of or scan the object and immediately compare the it to results online. In addition to QR codes, bar codes, and coupons, this technology has the ability to work with real world images.
Imagine a world where the consumer can identify products in the real world around them with the push of a button. Now take it a step further and imagine that the consumer is able to access that product online and purchase it instantly. The in-camera search enables you to receive instant results without having to switch between the application and a mobile search engine.
Results of the search are received in varying amounts of time depending on the type of image captured. QR codes, bar codes, and 2D images, such as a billboard or magazine are received in 1-5 seconds. Real world 3D images are received within 5-15 seconds. The results are matched 1:1 with bar codes, QR codes, and 2D images. 3D images will match to the most similar item in your catalog.
Slyce visual search can give a business the opportunity to capitalize on existing product advertisement and even product sales. By allowing the mobile device to be the POS anytime and anyplace, Slyce is an invaluable asset to any business.
It takes a special skill set to be successful as an executive in the fast paced and ever changing world of internet based social networks. Portia Kersten, Chief Financial Officer of Skout knows this first hand. She joined Skout’s executive team in April 2011. At that time the internet based social network site had been operating for just four years. The highly successful San Francisco, Ca. based firm is now the world’s largest network for people to meet. Skout is not a dating site, but it focuses on facilitating serendipitous meetings. Skout is proud of the more than five-hundred million connections made between its ten million members.
The Skout app is easy to use, fast and safe. A department devoted to app security operates twenty four hours a day, and oversees users in one hundred and eighty countries speaking fourteen different languages. The app uses Global Positioning Software to help members find other members in the general area. It doesn’t give out the exact location; it provides a platform for people with similar likes and tastes to meet.
In an interview with journalist, Laura Dunn, Kersten shares that she has spent over ten years assisting small high- growth companies raise capital, maximize growth and achieve success. Kersten believes her childhood imagination and role models such as Charles Dickens and Margaret Thatcher were instrumental in starting her on the road to success. She attributes her strength to push through tough challenges to mentoring she received from Robin Wolaner, the founder of Parenting Magazine.
Kersten relies on efficiency and focusing on high priority tasks to balance her professional and personal life. Kersten gladly gives back some of the wisdom she has benefited from early in her career. She is pleased to have opportunities to serve as a mentor and role model to younger women. Kersten encourages those starting out to “embrace versatility…question the status quo and don’t let others define you.”
She cites the Skout Philippines community, as an example. One of this Skout community’s members encountered a medical emergency, the Skout community came together to offer help and support. Kersten hopes that Skout will keep bringing people together and giving them a positive experience.
With Portia Kersten helping to lead, Skout will continue to grow and flourish allowing Kersten to see her hope come to fruition.
Read more at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/laura-dunn/women-in-business-portia_b_7168318.html