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The Latest in Mobile Digital Video Products for Patrol

The Latest in Mobile, Digital Video Products for Patrol

By Hilary Romig

 

These advances in technology allow officers to collect video evidence in the easiest way possible.

Motorola

www.motorolasolutions.com

Motorola’s in-car video system the, Sr600, is a small device that weighs less than six ounces. In addition, the lens provides a 360-degree angle of both the inside as well as the outside of the unit. “This provides total awareness for the officer,” according to Anatoly Delm, Director of Devices and Infrastructure, Global Marketing for Motorola. The ability to see every direction is an advantage to the officer in regard to safety and provides surveillance footage of every angle. Also included in the Sr600 is an accelerometer, compass, GPS capabilities, and gyroscope. The in-car system allows data to be integrated for video streaming as well. “Data from these sensors can also be used to trigger recording in case of a collision, for example.”

Evidence is kept safe through secure WiFi to Motorola Solutions’ CommandCentral Vault. This protects the integrity of video and audio footage, as well as all other data. Delm said the secure connection helps to maintain chain of custody as well. Through the CommandCentral Vault, all sources of data may be redacted and shared for training, or used for investigative purposes, or evidentiary use without breaking chain of custody. Additionally, complete security is ensured due to the fact that each individual device is assigned to a specific officer or vehicle. “All recorded content is secured against tampering, while stored and transmitted,” Delm said. The secure system is also able to provide protection to officers against false claims. “False claims can be easily refuted, often with a simple viewing of the video, rather than a lengthy investigation process.” Since chain of custody is upheld within a secure line, a clear account of any incident in question may be viewed. This way, there is no doubt what happened, where it happened, or when an event occurred.

Another standout feature of the Sr600 is careful integration of systems. Delm stated it is designed with the ability to interlock with a customer’s existing system both within units and in command centers. The device itself is also flexible to use as the Sr600 mounts with adhesive or a suction cup. “It connects with one cable and operates automatically or with the touch of one button.” The majority of the time, officers do not have to worry about the camera at all. If the officer decides to control the system manually, it is equipped with one operational key that controls power and starting and stopping recording.

Also new from Motorola is the Capture Mobile Camera app. This allows first responders to capture images, video, and audio evidence easily with the Motorola Solutions LEX L11 mission-critical LTE device or certain smartphones. “All content is securely uploaded to the Command Central Vault digital storage use,” Delm noted.

Not only is video footage stored securely, it is easily stored and protected as well. The CommandCentral Vault software has the ability to store content from any source along with time, date, and the location of where the event took place. This is automatically correlated with data from the agency’s computer-aided dispatch (CAD) software as well as their records management system (RMS). “This ensures that information related to an incident is quickly identified, organized, and available all together,” Delm said. The automated redaction allows sensitive information to be eliminated from the video with one action. Instant redaction saves time so personnel do not have to manually edit video frame by frame. According to Delm, connection to the cloud and keeping data in one convenient place allows the CommandCentral Vault to easily overcome data storage challenges that may arise.

Motorola also has the Sr600 In-Car Video Camera, the Si500 Video Speaker Microphone, and the Capture Mobile Camera App. Each of these devices is able to integrate with CommandCentral Vault, providing both efficient and secure digital evidence.

 

L3 Mobile Vision

www.mobile-vision.com

L3’s FlashbackHD system is a multi-camera video capture system that includes their Nite Watch™ technology. “This increases the ability to record video in extreme low-light conditions,” according to Scott Wooster, Product Manager for L3 Mobile-Vision. The system is easily operated and is able to turn on to record by the lights and sirens in a unit. Additionally, the officer may choose specified speeds in order to initiate recording as well. Other standout features of the FlashbackHD system include Simultaneous Playback. This allows the officer to have the ability to review captured video in the car while recording events that may still be occurring outside of the patrol unit. “The multiple camera support, or the FlashbackHD DVR, is able to support up to five cameras.”

Wooster said video evidence captured from mobile products can help protect officers from false claims in two ways. Video evidence serves as a deterrent. “Studies have shown that citizens tend to behave better when they know they are being recorded and are less likely to make false claims.”

It is also solid evidence to back an officer on a case. “The video recording is typically an unbiased view of actual events and may be used to corroborate the officer’s account,” Wooster noted.

Managing all captured video is easily accomplished using L3’s Digital Evidence Solution (DES). “It is one of the most robust and comprehensive evidence management tools on the market,” Wooster commented. With DES, searching evidence can be accomplished using different criteria, including: date, time, GPS location, name, tags, and record category, to name just a few. Digital evidence files include: body-worn files, interview room files, digital photos, notes, audio, as well as other forms of digital data. Wooster said these evidence files may all be compiled into one case with evidence tracking for full chain-of-custody reporting. Also, video evidence files may be programmed so they follow department and state policies regarding evidence storage and retention. This is done by using L3 Mobile Vision’s automated lifecycle management feature.

Additionally, L3 will be releasing the new BWX-100 body worn camera very soon. The BWX-100 is an HD camera equipped with 64GB of memory, pre-event recording, and has a text-readable LCD screen. Customers who already have Flashback3 and Flashback HD in-car systems can integrate the BWX-100 in their patrol cars. “That means if the body-worn starts recording, it can trigger the in-car system to record and vice-versa,” Wooster said. “Our BWX-100 can even trigger other BWX-100 body cameras in proximity to record as well.”

 

COBAN Technologies

www.cobantech.com

COBAN Technologies developed the FOCUS H1, the EDGE HD, and the FUSION HD for public safety use. Each system is able to record video on industrial-grade, solid-state, dual hard drives. This allows each digital evidence system to record up to three cameras at one time in high-definition formats. These formats have wide angles, and the ability to view footage up to 110 degrees. “Our optimal low-profile cameras have the capability to capture low light and high-quality nighttime video,” said Mark Griffin, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the company. The FOCUS H1uses next-generation intelligence. It is unique because it offers a solution that not only records video but analyzes the video’s characteristics as it is recording. Griffin said analysis can consist of anything and that the artificial intelligence technology behind the FOCUS H1 may be trained to look for any element a law enforcement agency deems as important. “It could be that the system looks for a certain make, model, or colored vehicle,” Griffin noted. Other items it could focus on could be weapons or unusual behavior or movement during a situation such as a traffic stop. When the system is trained to identify certain objects, accuracy of identification may increase over time.

Standout features of COBAN’s dash cams include the assurance that video footage is always captured. “COBAN’s systems can be triggered via automated sensors including lightbar activation, speed, or crash sensors,” Griffin said. “Thus, in an actionable pursuit or event, the officer does not have to manually activate the camera.” Each system also includes ‘Failsafe Technology,’ which is able to continuously record video on a separate internal drive. This way, an agency’s command staff may go back hours or days in order to review video captured on the Failsafe drive. Griffin said the systems’ primary ‘black box’ drive captures event-based videos recorded on an encrypted removable hard drive. Also, FOCUS H1 utilizes high-density video compression. This particular feature helps to improve evidence be captured, transferred, and managed. This allows for a higher resolution that uses less storage capacity.

Law enforcement personnel may record easily with tag events simply by using an LCD touchscreen display or an application on their computer. This application is integrated with COBAN’s system and allows the officer to edit. Griffin said users may add or modify metadata immediately after the evidentiary event. Also, COBAN is able to integrate with CAD software solutions. This particular aspect eliminates the need for multiple key entries on a particular case’s information that may already be housed in the operator’s CAD system. “All COBAN systems have a very similar user interface, which makes it easy for officers to intuitively use multiple COBAN systems,” Griffin said. Microphones with intelligence and wireless technology as well as stationary microphones may be used by officers in their vehicles. Personnel may initiate audio recording when auto-triggered, or their microphones can be switched on manually if they are outside of the vehicle.

COBAN’s COMMAND Center digital evidence management software suite has been developed this year. The company has both COMMAND Case and COMMAND Enterprise software solutions for agencies. The COMMAND Center is COBAN’s Web-based digital evidence management solution,” Griffin noted. “As part of the COMMAND brand, COMMAND Case will provide agencies the flexibility to manage multiple types of media in one application and roll it up into one digital case jacket.” Also, COMMAND Enterprise lets agencies manage their digital evidence from various locations by using the CJIS Cloud and other server-based networks an agency may have.

With COBAN’s technology, law enforcement agencies may decrease or eliminate false claims. “COBAN’s capability to utilize pre-event recording solutions, like its Failsafe Technology, allows agencies to capture video that tells the story leading up to, during, and after the event,” Griffin said.

Managing video is made easy with COBAN’s COMMAND Center digital evidence software. It allows both management and system administrators the ability to scale the solution across a large agency that has multiple departments. Griffin said by using templates to define the features and functionality on a per device or user basis, management is able to transfer the user preferences of the device easily. This way, the software coincides with the agency’s needs. Agencies can also review multiple videos recorded at the scene all at once by using COMMAND Center. “COMMAND Center is easily searchable and is tile-based.” The user can instantaneously review 10 videos recorded. Once uploaded, videos can be viewed and managed instantaneously on any device including cell phones, tablets, or computers.

 

PRO-VISION USA

www.provisionusa.com

The 1080p HD In Car System from PRO-VISION allows officers to have high-quality video at their fingertips. One feature in particular is the wide angle the device has. With vantage points that are expanded, the device also has an exterior-mounted side-facing camera. “This covers the entire side of the vehicle,” said Sam Lehnert, Marketing Manager, of PRO-VISION USA. Covering events that happen on the side as well as the front region of the vehicle helps officers relay the entire chain of events. Lehnert said disputed actions that are not in view of a traditional forward-facing camera can now be recorded with the 1080p HD. The more details that are captured, the easier it is to see exactly what happened. “The evidence better reflects the truth of what occurred on the video.”

Other stand-out features included in the 1080p HD: a tablet or Mobile Data Computer (MDC) that is able to integrate all of the 360-degree vehicle coverage, the overall field of view, and low-profile capabilities. “The device is longer and has buttons that zoom, so the 1080p is able to capture high-quality video that can be zoomed in digitally,” Lehnert commented. The device no longer blocks the view of the officer who is operating the vehicle as well.

Lehnert said by removing the need for zoom with 1080p HD, the company integrated the recording status. This gives officers the ability to view the camera in real time and coordinates the footage into the mobile data computer, which is already mounted in the vehicle. This particular feature removes the need for a standalone display screen, which often takes up the already limited space in a patrol unit. With MDC integration, officers no longer need to be concerned whether they are recording properly or clearly in instances such as aiming the zoom camera on a license plate.

Additionally, Lehnert noted with two side-facing exterior cameras, a rear seat camera, forward-facing camera, and rear-facing camera, every area in and around the vehicle is covered during every call. Full coverage eliminates issues that stem from situations where disputed actions took place out of the camera’s viewpoint. The 1080p HD records for officers with ease. “From initiating events with the lightbar to automatically downloading, the entire process is automated.” Officers can rest assured, their actions are being covered without having to worry about operating another device while on duty.

PRO-VISION USA also has the PV Dashboard, which is a fleet management tool. This combines the benefits of GPS tracking and System Health Status Alerts with video recording systems on fleet vehicles for agencies. PRO-VISION USA also has SecuraMax, a video management solution. This in-car system is able to receive the automatic downloads of videos when the patrol cars approach their WiFi access point within range of the station or other designated facility. The video footage is then uploaded to the cloud or other agency network servers. The software is CJIS-Compliant and provides all of the latest tagging, retention, administrative automation, and security features.

Mobile data systems are essential for the protection of officers regarding false claims. “When people know they are on camera, they are less likely to make a claim when they know it can be disproven,” Lehnert said.

 

Assurance

No matter what an agency’s particular needs, there is a mobile video system to match. Capturing video footage has never been easier than with today’s advanced technology. Each of these systems allows officers to be confident when it comes to collecting video evidence. Departments can be sure each piece of video footage is safe and secure from tampering or false accusations.



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Motorola

L3-MobileVision

Coban

ProVision

Published in Police Fleet Manager, May/Jun 2018

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