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Prison pcCyber IT Solutions, Melbourne-based developer of the prisoner interactive learning system for correctional facilities, PrisonPC, has announced the global release of the next-generation IPTV system for prisons.

PrisonPC directly addresses the in-cell physical, media, data and communications security issues confronting correctional facilities today. PrisonPC IPTV delivers best-of-class managed streaming video media and Video-on-Demand in prisons and youth training and rehabilitation centres. PrisonPC IPTV operates through the standard PrisonPC desktop devices that are deployed in inmates’ cells.

“PrisonPC IPTV replaces legacy television sets and provides the content to the inmates on the PrisonPC desktop allowing the inmate to select a free-to-air or internal channel for personal viewing,” PrisonPC chief architect and product manager Ron Fabre says.

“This negates the need to have a separate, unmanaged television set and offers education providers the ability to make on-demand educational content available to inmates.”

This new release of PrisonPC IPTV delivers a number of major improvements, which increase the manageability and functionality of the solution. Among the enhancements are:

  • Full remote-control functionality supported, with slim-line, tamper-secure remote-control device.
  • Up to 24 TV stations per PrisonPC server delivering over 100 channels
  • In-house TV Stations from existing legacy MATV systems incorporated into IPTV.
  • Prison staff can broadcast messages to inmate desktop screens as they watch TV.
  • Staff can record or cache broadcast TV programmes for later viewing by inmates.
  • Recorded TV content can self-expire.
  • Extended enforced curfews to support free-to-air and internal television content.
  • Importing of multi-media content from external third-party entities into internal inmate television channels.
  • Prison staff can permanently blacklist/block any free-to-air television content on a per-series basis.
  • Dynamic inmate-facing Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) for both internal channels and free-to-air television content.

“Television sets are commonly permitted in inmates’ cells for personal use,” Ron explains.

“They offer valuable entertainment which leads to reduced boredom; however, often prison staff have only limited control over the television sets. By extending PrisonPC into a full managed IPTV solution, prisons can now gain the benefits that TV bring in the corrections context without sacrificing the necessary security and disciplinary requirements.”

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