This year marks a new era for Effingham, as they became the first county
in the Southeast to install wireless inmate tablet technology.
The state-of-the-art Telmate Tablet designed specifically for the unique
needs of the corrections industry, communicates over an ultra-secure,
custom-built wireless network, with a host of security features that
restrict and track any data being shared in and out of facilities. Among
its many exciting features include secure messaging and photo sharing,
eBooks, music, videos, games and access to professional education and
training websites. These applications have been custom-designed and
carefully screened for approved correctional use, filtering all inmate
interaction and communications before leaving the facility.
Other Telmate facilities have reported a decrease in inmate violence
since the installation of the tablets. "Now that inmates can connect to
services wirelessly from within their pod, there is less required
movement in and out of pods and inmates have access to communications,
entertainment, and self-improvement resources that enable more
productive use of their time and keep them occupied," said Jeff Hansen,
Telmate's Chief Marketing Officer. He added, "Inmates also view these
devices as a privilege, giving facility staff an additional means of
Every Telmate Tablet requires a secure PIN for access and usage is
completely controlled and monitored by facility staff. If an inmate
attempts to tamper with or misuse the device, individual access
privileges are disabled immediately, within seconds.
With over 300 beds, the new tablets help Effingham staff manage inmates
more efficiently. "This new technology is a win-win for
Effingham. Not only does it help us boost security and control, it also
helps us have a safer community overall -- all at no cost to the
taxpayer," said Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie.
For more information about the Telmate Tablet, visit www.telmate.com/tablet.
About Effingham County:
Effingham County is nestled between the Ogeechee and Savannah Rivers
just north of Georgia's first City, Savannah. Effingham is steeped in
tradition and heritage as one of Georgia's original counties, yet keeps
pace with the most modern amenities, by way of solid planning and an eye
on the community's bright future. Effingham County boasts one of the
fastest growth rates in the State of Georgia. For more information,
Telmate is the third largest and fastest growing inmate communications
provider in the United States and is a leader in customer service and
cutting-edge technologies, including video visitation, secure messages,
mobile applications and investigator tools. The Telmate communication
system is deployed in over 250 facilities in nearly every U.S. state as
well as four Canadian provinces. Telmate is headquartered in San
Francisco, California, with an additional office in Ontario, Oregon. To
find out more about Telmate, visit www.telmate.com.
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