9/15/14: The United States Patent Office today granted Union Supply Group, Inc. U.S. Pat. No. 8,932,374 for their secure method of providing electronic content to residents of controlled-environment facilities. This patent recognizes the unique software configurations and processes that Union Supply Group, through its U-Media division, has developed to distribute electronic content. U-Media, Union Supply’s division that supports the U-TAB7, currently works with correctional educators and agencies in nine states to deliver interactive educational content as well as music, movies, eBooks and games to inmates.
U-Media is the only provider of digital content within correctional facilities to have developed a secure system for distributing content that doesn’t require a network or kiosks, and that never allows inmate-held devices to contact any public network or any network used by the correctional agency or facility. The U-TAB7 and U-Media have previously been reviewed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the US Department of Education and multiple state correctional agencies. The U-TAB7 is also the only tablet endorsed by the Correctional Education Association.
Choose from our custom CD program or our U-TAB7 touch tablet to offer music, movies, eBooks, TV shows, games, and educational programs.
Union Supply has been selling digital music and content to inmates since 2003. Since then our Union Supply Media division has expanded from selling off-the shelf CDs to offering custom CD’s, inmate-safe CD players, clear-plastic MP3 players and specially developed, multi-media players with digital content. Union Supply Media now offers an affordable, cutting-edge technology package that enables inmates to order, download, store, rent and play digital content on our U-TAB7 touch tablet. The U-TAB7 offers music, movies, eBooks, TV shows and educational programs at the touch of a finger. Our media program is secure and easy to implement since it doesn’t require network wiring, kiosks or Internet connections.
Custom CD Program
A Union Supply Media custom CD lets inmates choose individual tracks to create their own personal mixes. This freedom of choice increases sales and inmate satisfaction and gives management complete control of the content sold in their facilities. Union Supply Media can create, label and ship custom CDs almost instantly with our high-speed CD writer.
Multi-Media U-TAB7 Tablet Program
Union Supply Media’s U-TAB7 provides a wide range of entertainment and educational features that can all be customized to each facility’s requirements. Union Supply Media is provided to commissaries (through Union Supply Company) and directly to inmates (through Union Supply Direct Package Programs).
Union Supply’s multi-media tablet runs on a secure, customized version of Android™* developed for use in correctional facilities. Each individual service (MP3 sales, eBook sales, educational content, inmate email, etc.) is its own application that can be activated, restricted, required or enhanced at the discretion of facility management. Union Supply Media has developed our platform specifically to give control and flexibility to each agency and facility.
Because our tablets are based on a customized and secure Android™* platform we can also import and make available any digital content used in inmate education, addiction-counseling, and/or other programs. This can lower the operational cost facilities incur by providing these services. Union Supply Media in conjunction with Correctional Education Association (CEA), also licenses and designs coursework, curricula, lesson plans and interactive drills and learning materials for inmate education programs. The U-TAB7 is the ONLY product endorsed and certified by Correctional Education Association. CEA has selected U-TAB7 as “the tablet of choice” for delivering educational material, content and programming to correctional facilities nationwide.
With hundreds of thousands of songs, eBooks, games and movies sold and delivered to inmates across the country each year, Union Supply Media has the proven flexibility, technology and experience to implement a digital content sales program and generate revenue for our customers. Union Supply Media leads the industry in innovative digital sales solutions.
*Android name and logo are both trademarks of Google Inc.