Correctional Facilities Communication Challenges

PD_Camel_001_L“The total incarcerated population in the U.S. is a staggering 2.4 million— a 500% increase over the past 30 years.” according to an article titled “19 Actual Statistics About America’s Prison System,” written by Laura Dimon. That is a huge amount of growth in the past 30 years. One can only ask, how do the prisons handle that many people? Communication, communication, communication! Correctional Facilities communication is so incredibly important as it protects facility officers and also keeps order within the prison.

For this communication to be efficient, however, it is not as easy as you would think. The way a prison is constructed makes for the simplest challenge for the two-way radios they use. Walls and floors are solid concrete; doors are solid thick steel. This makes it very hard for the radios to successfully transmit and receive through the layout of prisons. But luckily there is a lot of options to make the connection as reliable as possible.

Ways to overcome this include:

Digital trunking — A trunked digital wireless network uses computer software to make the most efficient use of limited network bandwidth. Trunking hardware and software create a range of user groups who can talk to each other without talking to everyone else on the network.

Mesh networking — A wireless mesh network uses a series of repeaters to route wireless signals around obstructions like concrete walls.

Encryption — Digital two-way radios have encryption built in ultimately making their networks secure.

IP connectivity — A digital wireless network can transmit via Internet Protocol, meaning Internet functions like texting and GPS reception can be possible.

Repeaters: A repeater is a communications device that transmits at a much higher wattage than typical portable radios, allowing for a much larger coverage area. Transmissions are received from portable two way radios by the repeater and then are broadcast at a much higher wattage on a different frequency.

Call Two Way Direct today at (888) 742-5893 to get the help you might need to get your communication challenges under control.

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