Wanted: a solution to the growing storage capacity and management problems at law enforcement agencies around the U.S. As agencies increasingly deploy body-worn cameras (BWCs) and dash cams to better protect and serve their communities, they encounter a significant obstacle: the high cost, complexity and compliance of storing video surveillance footage. StorageCraft is addressing this challenge with an innovative solution that meets the storage demands of law enforcement surveillance. Can StorageCraft be the answer?
Milestone Systems has released Device Pack 9.6a for partners and customers using Milestone XProtect video solutions. AXIS Optimizer for Milestone XProtect is a dedicated suite of plugins and features for the Milestone Smart Client that streamline the usability of cameras from Axis Communications in XProtect VMS. The plug-in was showcased at this year’s global Milestone Community Events.
Editor’s Note: This City of Buffalo is by no means an early adopter of body-worn camera technology. And it is interesting to see the city deal with the same challenges that almost every other city goes through when starting a program to outfit their police officers with body-worn cameras. With so many cities across the United States (and the world) utilizing this technology and seeing the benefits —and learning about the video storage costs and available solutions— how can cities that are just now embracing this technology learn from their sister cities and leap-frog the challenge of ignorance.
Baltimore County officials are looking into requiring police officers to wear body cameras while working off-duty security details. There’s no opposition to the idea. The issues regard costs, logistics and current state law. The move follows a fatal shooting Tuesday by an officer working security at a Catonsville grocery store. Baltimore County police Officer 1st Class McCain fatally shot a man in the parking lot as the man’s vehicle dragged him more than 100 feet while trying to get away.
As police departments around the world struggle with policies and procedures on the usage of body-worn cameras —especially when to turn them on— a new body cam and software solution is delivering on how to effectively get the camera to record at appropriate times. Equature’s Interactive Policing® Real-Time Software allows individual body-worn cameras to be turned on by police management or 911 dispatch control based on the first responder’s operational policies.
Digital Barriers has released SmartVis Identifier, which the company calls the world’s first live facial recognition system for body worn law enforcement cameras. The company integrated its EdgeVis and SmartVis technologies to provide defense, security, and law enforcement agencies with real-time facial recognition against multiple watchlists and databases. The SmartVis facial recognition technology, which was previously available for standard smartphones, has now been adapted to run live on Digital Barriers’ body worn cameras designed for frontline law enforcement. Combined with mobile live streaming solution EdgeVis, it makes streaming from body worn devices both operationally and financially viable.
Milestone Systems has released Device Pack 9.2 for partners and customers using Milestone XProtect video solutions. The bi-monthly device packs contain software updates supporting new hardware. This year, Milestone reached an industry first of 6,000 supported devices, with new devices constantly being added to each device pack release.
Kansas City police brass say their plan to equip hundreds of officers with body cameras as a new estimate puts initial costs at roughly $6 million. That $6 million price tag is expected to cover the initial start-up costs, equipment upgrades, storage expenses and hiring additional workers to manage the effort and to respond open records request for the video recordings. Officials have not identified a sustainable funding source and said it could take three years before officers can begin wearing the recording devices. The police board must approve the use of body cameras.
Police departments across the country are increasingly deploying body-worn cameras to better protect and serve their communities. Nearly every large police department in a nationwide survey said they plan to move forward with BWCs, with 95 percent having either implemented a body camera system or committed to doing so. However, medium-sized police departments (those with about 50 – 250 officers) appear to be facing the biggest challenges with when rolling out BWCs to their forces. The major issue is cost – not just for the actual cameras, but for handling the data the cameras produce. The demands for video storage are unprecedented for many police departments, which don’t have enough space on servers or hard drives to store the additional data.
Legislation approved by the Pennsylvania state Senate on Wednesday seeks to clear legal hurdles for police departments to expand their officers’ use of body cameras, and it gives departments the discretion to refuse public requests for copies of audio or video recordings by officers. The bill, which passed 47-1 after brief comments on the Senate floor, would add Pennsylvania to a growing list of states that are setting statewide policy over the collection of audio and video by officers, including from dashboard and body cameras.
Milestone Systems, the number one open platform company in networked VMS has released Device Pack 9.1 for partners and customers using Milestone XProtect video solutions.
The bi-monthly device packs contain software updates supporting new hardware. These updates are always a priority at Milestone: supporting the widest range of devices possible is a crucial part of the company’s open platform promise. This year, Milestone reached an industry first 6,000 supported devices, with new devices constantly being added to each device pack that comes out.
There is no clear picture whether the Huntington (West Virginia) Police Department can, or even should, invest in body-worn cameras for its officers as circumstances now stand, Chief Joe Ciccarelli said. The potential cost – in purchase, maintenance and storage – could potentially drain hundreds of thousands of dollars from the department, Ciccarelli said, with the do’s and don’t’s still shrouded in a legal gray area.
Minnesota’s complex debate about police body-cameras takes a new turn in St. Paul Wednesday. The City Council will hold a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. to consider the draft policy released last week by the St. Paul Police Department governing use of the cameras that are typically clipped to an officer’s uniform. In a discussion that involves competing interests and tradeoffs, there’s lots to digest as the department prepares, beginning next week, to test two camera systems over 60 days in its Western District.
Utility, Inc., announced that it will now offer the industry’s first digital crime scene imaging system, the Smart Scene 360™. This new product represents the next generation in the evolution of body camera technology and it is intended to provide a higher level of situational awareness while enhancing mission critical intelligence. Smart Scene 360 —along with Utility’s full suite of products, including BodyWorn™— were on display at the recent IACP expo in San Diego. Utility provided a virtual reality room at IACP so that attendees could personally experience Smart Scene 360.
Minnesota State lawmakers remain vexed over possible rules for use of police body cameras and access to the footage they capture. The issue got sidelined in the Legislature a year ago and there hasn’t been much movement this year either. The Minnesota Senate is expected to vote Monday on a body camera bill. But it’s not clear what happens next.
Gatekeeper Systems Inc. (TSX.V: GSI) has experienced significant increased interest on its high definition body worn cameras, from police forces throughout Canada and the United States, in light of recent events and media coverage surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Iveda®, enabler of cloud video surveillance solutions via Sentir™ platform, announced that it is working with domestic and foreign body-worn camera manufacturers to integrate its live, mobile video streaming application software for instantaneous video recording to the cloud.
At the heart of the violence and chaos in Ferguson is one question: What actually happened in the moments leading up to the death of Michael Brown. The public has heard from people who say they saw the incident. Authorities have spoken to the officer accused, but there’s still something missing. "If body worn cameras […]
In early May 2014, London’s Metropolitan Police announced it would be spending almost £1 million on a trial of 500 body-worn video surveillance cameras for police officers in 10 of London’s boroughs. The move comes after several high-profile cases in recent years calling into question the integrity and transparency of police officer’s actions. David Green, […]
For years police departments have used dashboard cameras to record every move officers make in the line of duty. Even with those devices, what goes on can still be unclear —a problem for the peace officer and the person being questioned. The Los Angeles and New York City Police Departments are testing technology that will […]