Month: March 2018

US Money Reserve’s Generosity in the Face of Disaster

Most citizens of the US would argue that gold and silver coins are the currency of the past and the almighty green dollar holds all the power today. However, the US Money Reserve proves that this is not entirely true. The US Money Reserve is one of the biggest administrators of gold, silver, and platinum money in the entire country. It was founded in 2001 by gold experts who wanted to bring their knowledge of currency to an accessible place for America’s citizens. They remain dedicated to educating citizens who invest in precious metals about the value and many benefits of owning gold and/or silver.


The US Money Reserve is made up of currency professionals including gold specialists, data experts, research, inventory, sales, and many more. This team ensures that a majority of clients who invest in gold, silver, or platinum have made a profit over the years.


However, the US Money Reserve does more than just provide services for those seeking to invest in coins made from precious metals. When category four Hurricane Harvey hit earlier this year, they paired up with the Austin Disaster Relief Network and raised over $200,000 for victims of the hurricane. Since the US Money Reserve is based in Texas, the destruction created by Hurricane Harvey was personal, according to CEO Angela Koch, and they wanted to do something to help. So, they decided to match donations given to the Austin Disaster Relief Network. All of the money raised by both companies will go straight to citizens of the Gulf Coast in Texas who were impacted by the hurricane.


Members of the Relief Network held the US Money Reserve in high esteem for making such generous donations and asserted that it was corporations like it that allow such high amounts of financial aid for those in need to be raised in the face of a disaster. This nonprofit organization consists of numerous churches in Austin that prepares citizens for crisis and provide resources in the aftermath. This partnership is the perfect example of how nonprofit organizations like the Relief Network, and for-profit corporations like the Money Reserve can come together and provide necessary help to those who need it.


Robert Ivy’s Great Impact on the Architecture Profession

     Born in Columbus Mississippi, Robert Ivy studied for his English degree at Sewanee University. He further earned a masters degree from Tulane University where he studied Architecture. He would later serve as a vice president and an editorial director at the McGraw-Hill Constructions in which he was in charge of the architecture publication. Further, from 1996, Robert served as the editor in chief of Architectural Record and managed the dissemination of over 30 publications in both digital and print platform.

With Robert at the helm, the publication became very popular and sold even to international markets. Robert Ivy heads the American Institute of Architects as the CEO and executive vice president. Robert took over as the CEO of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2001 after the board collectively chose him to hold the highest office in the organization. Moreover, after taking charge of the company Robert grew the company to add on to its high heritage by being responsive, proactive, and influential in its service delivery.

Equally important, Robert also initiated a campaign among residents to sensitize to all on the value of the architecture profession. Notably, Robert’s hard work earned him recognition for his significant impact on the company which led the alpha rho chi to name him as the “Master Architect” in 2010. Also, he was honored with the G.D. Crain award for outstanding performance in editorial works in 2009.

The Future of Architecture

Robert Ivy is an individual who values health, and it is for this reason that he is an excellent advocate of marrying the building design and health education. The statistics for health shows that a considerable number of Americans are obese, overweight, and even diabetic. Mainly the reason behind the high numbers of unhealthy individuals is most probably because of lack of exercise. Robert believes that architecture design can prompt the residents of America to have exercise by default. This is by incorporating innovative structures to help people work out while they are going about their daily lives.

Integrating of architecture and healthy living can be done through measures such as that in the Manhattan’s Chelsea Neighborhood. The place was recently transformed into a park that now has a botanical garden, town square, and promenade. As a result, it has helped the inhabitants of the region jog and walk as they view the beautiful scenery thus achieving its purpose in architecture that takes care of the health sector. Additionally, due to the growing interest in the architecture and health profession co-relation, universities have assimilated both courses to include them in the sessions undertaken in each of the degree programs.

Wireless Containment System of Securus Technologies: The Remedy for Contraband Phones

Since the wireless communication revolution started in the early 2000s, contraband mobile phones were considered as the biggest threat to the prison environment. Over the years, almost every criminal gang members started getting such phones to communicate with their gang members who are operating outside. From the initial days, I was sure that it would severely compromise the prison safety and security. The later years showed that my conclusion was correct as even prison officials started facing attacks and death attempts outside prisons – only for enforcing strict prison administration. The later years also showed a spike in such numbers by adding more vulnerability to the jail system.



One of the worst incidents in the series happened in 2010 when a jail official, Robert Johnson faced gun attacks that left him almost dead. During those years, he was an official in a South Carolina-based prison, Lee Correctional Institution. One day, he seized some contraband packages that should have delivered to a prisoner, who is also a gang member. Within two weeks, Johnson was attacked by a thug at his home. The investigation revealed that the prisoner was contacting his friend to attack Johnson for seizing the package. Shockingly, the prisoner was contacting the friend using a contraband phone.



I can confirm that it was showing the flaws of the prison security systems. Additionally, I have noticed cases where even the relatives or family members of prison officials were attacked by gang members for similar reasons. After recovering from the attack, Johnson decided to fight against such contraband phones and spoke about the threats of it almost every stage where he could deliver his experiences. Additionally, he collaborated with prominent prison innovator, Securus Technologies, in its attempt to design a system that could control the illegal phones inside prisons. It ended with a smart Wireless Containment System that produced excellent results so far.



Johnson even met with the communications regulator of the United States, Federal Communications Communication, in March 2017 and explained the threats of contraband. He also explained how WCS of Securus can contain such threats, efficiently. While coming to WCS, it produces excellent results, per my observations. In 2016 July, the firm had deployed the system in eight prisons across the country. A data revealed in July 2017 by Securus showed that WCS could block nearly 1.8 million illegal call attempts during the period.



I learned that the WCS is working like a wireless network over prisons it deployed and blocks unauthorized or unknown calls. However, it would allow calls to known numbers, including friends and family. Considering the growing incidents of prison security breach as well as safety issues, SEC decided to lighten the regulations to adopt technologies like WCS in prison environments. It is expected to drastically reduce the flaws of prison security in the coming months.



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