SOURCE: Cellbusters


February 03, 2014 07:00 ET

Cellbusters Introduces Zone Protector™ & Zone Manager™ Corrections Suite to Eliminate Contraband Cell Phones at Prisons

Marion County Detention Center Achieves Situational Awareness of All Cellular Activity

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwired - February 03, 2014) - Cellbusters, a market-leading developer of cell phone and RF emission detection locating technology, today announced Zone Protector™ & Zone Manager™ Corrections Suite, that helps users eliminate contraband cell phones.  Marion County Detention Center (MCDC) is the first to use the Corrections Suite to enhance safety at the prison.

"With the Cellbusters solution, I now have complete control over all cellular activity at the prison which greatly enhances security," said Mark Whitehouse, Chief Captain of Security at MCDC. "I can tell within seconds if someone at the prison has a phone turned on and can over lace it with our video surveillance system to catch inmates and staff using cellular devices. Besides myself, the warden and the head nurse, no one is allowed to carry cell phones and Cellbusters helps ensures this."

MCDC is a 300-bed full-service jail that houses local, state, federal and military inmates.

Their duty is to house incarcerated offenders in a manner that protects the public and institutional safety while providing a legal standard of care, as well as provide programs intended to reduce the likelihood of re-incarceration.

MCDC uses six Cellbusters Zone Protectors and a Zone Manager to deliver real time protection to secure and protect their facilities. Since MCDC needed to upgrade their phone system, the Cellbusters solution was installed secretly at the same time. It didn't take long for the staff and inmates to figure out that all cellular activity would be detected. Although there is no way to determine to what extent contraband cell phones were in the facilities, MCDC has had previous incidences where inmates were conducting crimes while they were behind bars so they knew contraband cell phones use was a problem.  The solution has helped MCDC to have complete situational awareness of all cellular activity in the facility and has eliminated contraband cell phones.

"People in the jail business want to find technology and tools that help with security," said Whitehouse. "Cellbusters gives us just that -- a tool that you can easily see that it actually works and makes my job of security that much easier."

With the deployment of the Zone Protector™ & Zone Manager™ Corrections Suite, Whitehouse knows for certain that contraband cell phones are no longer an issue and makes sure it stays that way.

"We are pleased to provide MCDC a technology solution that is cost-effective, has easy-to-use reporting capabilities and is scalable," said Derek Forde, President at Cellbusters. "The labor intensive blind searches previously done at MCDC were disruptive with no guarantee of finding cell phones so our solution gave them a sure fire way to easily eliminate contraband cell phones."

The Zone Protector is a passive frequency detection device capable of detecting cell phone transmission activity. It provides maximum protection for MCDC by continually scanning for cell phone and user selectable RF transmission. The Zone Manager is a centralized software tool that collects information in real time from distributed Zone Protectors located around the correctional facility and logs the location of contraband cell phones. Based on customer preference, alerts are sent instantly or silently logged. Since MCDC uses a cloud, any new features to the software are automatically and seamlessly integrated.

This Cellbusters Zone Protector™ & Zone Manager™ Corrections Suitehelps prisons and other correctional facilities eradicate contraband cell phones.  Find more about the solution online at

About Cellbusters

For more than a decade, Cellbusters has been focused on a single mission: to help customers guard against the security risks posed by cellular devices. The company's state-of-the-art solutions help protect government, industry, and the military around the world and virtually anywhere cell phone use is restricted or prohibited.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Cellbusters is a privately owned company with an office in Ireland to handle European distribution.  One of the first companies to address the need to detect, monitor, control and locate the unauthorized use of cell phones, Cellbusters provides leading detection solutions to its US clients, and other customers worldwide.

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