Top 6 Technologies for a Body-Worn Camera Solution
Know the technologies for your New and/or Upgrade Body-Worn Camera Solution so you can avoid Calgary PD issue.
Technical glitches have forced the Calgary Police Service to scrap its current body-worn camera program and start over from scratch.
Deputy police chief James Hardy says it’s back to Square 1 for the cameras, which were expected to be rolled out for all officers early in 2017.
“Unfortunately, that’s the case. It’s a huge disappointment” said Hardy.
6 Technologies you need for a Body-Worn Camera Solution
1. Body-Worn Camera ie BMPproElite
Considerations for the hardware include activation method, recording capacity, recording resolution, battery life, durability, mounting method and whether the video can be seen in the field.
The Body-Worn Camera (BWC) should include internal GPS that records the location onto the video itself as well as password protection on the unit.
2. Data Transfer
How does the video data get from the BWC to the storage location?
The BWC could download via Wi-Fi, USB cable to desktop / laptop / tablet, or use a single / multi dock station to transfer the video data to the storage location. Great benefit for docking / cable is that it charges the battery too. If the dock is installed in the patrol car, the video transfer usually moves wirelessly between a MDT to the final storage location.
Wireless transfers can require robust bandwidth, which can invite congestion on your local network so check with IT admin team.
Some BWC solutions store the video on-site, remotely (cloud), and some use a hybrid approach.
With a hybrid storage system, video is distributed between different types of storage media such as SSD, HDD, and with backups and low-priority files stored in the cloud (remote servers). Most video management systems use the cloud exclusively. Best cost efficiency is to setup a local storage solution in your server rack. BMP local storage solutions come with built in management tools like solutions based entirely in the cloud.
4. Logs & Audit Trails
Digital Evidence Management (DEM) software should log all those who access to preserve the chain of custody and to guard against unauthorized access, editing and/or deletion.
Users should be able to access the video from any desktop / laptop / tablet subject to their security privileges. Admin can create security levels and what actions users at each level can perform as the agency grows and change personal. Metadata is data (information) that provides information about other data this is why Metadata becomes important. Metadata associated with video evidence should include time and date, GPS coordinates, identification information on user, along with elements of camera activation and deactivation, and logging records.
Without the metadata, your video evidence becomes a box of movies
Digital video recordings can be very large, anywhere from 2 to 4 gigabytes per hour. Digital video evidence retention policy requirements can cause storage needs in the terabyte and petabyte volumes within years. This requires significant local storage capacity, and/or cloud storage, which both come with operational costs.
Transfer of video offsite to the cloud via the internet will require considerable bandwidth that may overpower your existing infrastructure, and could incur additional costs. Beyond the basic costs of onsite storage, your data servers may require yearly upgrade service maintenance.
BWC video is great for creating accurate police reports for records, training, and improvement and expect a demand for the video from forces external to your agency. Prosecutors, the press, legal community, and private citizens will all request access to your videos. You will need both a policy / process to publish this data; both hardware and software for DVD creation is necessary to meet this demand along with an audit trail to verify delivery.
*Bonus – Security
Back up all videos and other digital evidence data, including the security logs and any metadata associated with the evidence. Ensure your agency owns the metadata and security logs when choosing a solution. This is necessary to preserve the data for use as evidence, and ensure against fire, flood, other disasters, and/or intentional intrusion, theft, and destruction.
Ready to start? When considering a BWC solution, make sure each of the six technologies above is included and the Digital Evidence Management software solution will grow with your agency. These technologies will be the backbone to your agency’s easy and effective body-worn camera solution.
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