B-Cam Ltd, a leading U.K. supplier of body-worn security cameras for military, government, police, and security providers around the world, unveiled its new Compact camera – the latest product in the B-Cam body-worn camera range. It packs plenty of power into its 110mm by 60mm frame, with over eight hours continuous recording and the ability to record in 480p, 720p (HD), 1080p (FHD), or 2000p (2K resolution).
Point Blank Enterprises (“Point Blank” or “PBE”), the worldwide leader in the production of soft body armor and related protective solutions, announced that it has been awarded a five year contract by the North Miami City Council to provide the North Miami Police Department with IRIS Cam body worn cameras, together with a collaborative case management system from Genetec, a leading provider of open-architecture security and public safety solutions. PBE and Genetec will offer the city of North Miami Police Department an integrated system that combines 120 IRIS Cam body-worn cameras and Genetec Clearance™, a case management system designed to accelerate investigations by enabling different organizations to collect, manage and share video evidence.
In the months since the Los Angeles Police Department began rolling out thousands of body cameras to officers, during a time when video has prompted new scrutiny of policing across the country, a key question persists. When should the footage become public? On Tuesday, the civilian board that oversees the LAPD began a process to review the department’s current policy of generally withholding that video —whether it was captured by body cameras, patrol car cameras or otherwise collected during an investigation— unless ordered to release it in court. Some police commissioners, along with Chief Charlie Beck, have indicated in recent months that they were open to revisiting the policy, but Tuesday marked a more formal step toward that.
Genetec, a leading provider of open-architecture, IP security solutions announced a strategic partnership with Point Blank Enterprises (PBE) a worldwide leader in the development, manufacturing and distribution of high performance body armor. Through this partnership, Genetec and Point Blank will be able to offer law enforcement professionals a direct integration between the IRIS CAM body-worn camera and the all new Genetec Clearance™, a case management system designed to speed up investigations by allowing different organizations to collect, manage, and share video evidence and other relevant case information. Genetec and Point Blank demonstrated this integration at the IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) conference in San Diego, CA.
Panasonic, a leading provider of advanced mobile technology and video evidence solutions for the government and public sector, announced that it has been officially awarded a contract for Arbitrator Body-Worn Cameras (BWC) from Rutgers University, New Jersey’s largest institution of higher learning. With the rollout scheduled for completion in 2016, officers are already patrolling campuses in Camden, New Brunswick, Piscataway, and Newark with the equipment. In addition, the NJ cities of Long Branch, Asbury Park and Rutherford started to roll out Panasonic body-worn cameras this past summer. In South Carolina, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office is deploying 300 Arbitrator 360 in-car video systems.
BCDVideo announced their collaboration with Sentry360 (Plainfield, IL) on a turnkey, multi-camera body cam solution with on-premises storage capabilities offering up to three years of video retention. In addition to the obvious use for law enforcement for both officer and citizen accountability, body-worn cameras are being utilized in commercial environments, hospitals for compliance regulations, the service industry for training purposes, retail locations, and countless other markets and applications. Sentry360 is a well-established leader developing sophisticated panoramic and high-definition surveillance solutions for law enforcement, medical, transportation, retail, and commercial vertical markets.
Body-worn cameras have been a growing trend in the law enforcement community for the last several years. Yet, as agencies worldwide establish body-worn camera programs, they are challenged with how to access, manage, protect, search, and easily share that video. The hundreds to even millions of hours of video that agencies —depending on size— are capturing weekly is simply overwhelming them and complicates compliance with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Criminal Justice Information Standards (CJIS) requirements. Agencies can deploy Video Analytics solutions to help them face these challenges in four key ways.
More and more law enforcement agencies across the country are outfitting their officers with body-worn video cameras and report better policing and public behavior as a result. But Jim Bueermann, president of the Police Foundation, a Washington, D.C. organization that helps improve policing through research and training, said “There’s more we don’t know about the impact of body worn cameras than what we do know.” From privacy, public access, to cost.
The Sperry West Spyder SWBWC-X2, new from Sperry West is an extremely rugged unit for law enforcement use. It features an 18-megapixel recording system which uses a wide angle, high transparency lens to record extreme detail. The camera will record in high definition for eight hours of continuous time. It is IP67 rated to protect against rain, snow, dust, or other elements from damaging the camera.