ATLANTA, April 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Utility, Inc. officially announced that BodyWorn™ is now the official body camera for the Bowie Police Department in Bowie, Maryland. The five-year agreement includes 55 BodyWorn™ units and 55 Rocket IoT™ units to provide the Department with state-of-the-art transparency and video management capabilities. The program is expected to be fully deployed by the end of June 2016.
"The decision to choose BodyWorn™ was made following a thorough evaluation process, which tested body camera products from numerous companies," said John Nesky, Chief of the Bowie Police Department. "The evaluation process involved real world usage both on the street and in training environments. We have been testing different body cameras for quite some time, but BodyWorn™ scored higher in several areas including camera stability, recording visibility and video storage. Some of the more significant deciding factors for the Department were the system's unique police-based recording triggers and the synergy between in-car and BodyWorn™ video made possible by the Rocket IoT™ system. A cost analysis also showed that it was one of the least expensive options. The technology and features coupled with the costs made BodyWorn™ our obvious choice."
Deploying both BodyWorn™ and Rocket IoT™ enables the police department to automatically sync video captured from dashboard and BodyWorn™ cameras. With this standard feature, video from both recording systems can be managed at the same time on one platform, saving time and money and enhancing the way the Department accesses crime scene evidence. The scope of the five-year contract also includes front and rear in-vehicle cameras, a Rocket™ in-vehicle communications hub, a touch-screen tablet for vehicle use, Blauer® external vest carriers, Utility's state-of-the-art AVaiL Web Video Management Software and Mapping Interface License as well as Utility's automatic redaction software Smart Redaction™, which comes standard as an exclusive feature of BodyWorn™.
"Our goal is to provide law enforcement agencies with technology they can trust that truly meets the transparency needs of the 21st century," said Robert McKeeman, CEO of Utility. "Having our BodyWorn™ in Bowie, Maryland is a testament to our team's dedication to developing the best technology available on the market. We look forward to working closely with Chief Nesky as the team deploys BodyWorn™ and Rocket IoT™."
BodyWorn™ is a body camera embedded into the officers uniform that leverages the capabilities of a smart phone—unparalleled camera function, Wi-Fi connectivity, 4G LTE service and comprehensive Global Positioning System (GPS). The system uses a number of triggers to automatically initiate recording based on the department's specific policies. These triggers include vehicle sensors, a built-in accelerometer and voice activation. Also, every BodyWorn™ system comes with the industry's only automated redaction software, Smart Redaction™, as a standard feature at no added cost. Smart Redaction™ automatically identifies and blurs faces, body parts with identifiable tattoos, and other objects in a video to protect citizen and police officer privacy. This unique capability allows a police department to quickly and reliably redact video to respond to media requests. Manual labor cost and delay to redact videos is eliminated, which allows law enforcement agencies to maximize accountability and transparency.
BodyWorn™ is part of Utility, Inc.'s suite of products that enhance law enforcement agencies' ability to access the evidence ecosystem by automating processes. This eliminates the liability of inevitable user error and the high cost of manually doing a job that technology could do in a fraction of the time. For more information about Generation 2 BodyWorn™ video cameras, visit Bodyworn.com.
BodyWorn™ uses smart technology, incorporating real-time communication for the best situational awareness possible during the most critical times. Unlike other body cameras, BodyWorn™ has automatic recording triggers based on policies, officer-down reporting/alerting, live video streaming, and secure automatic wireless offload to cloud storage. BodyWorn™ video, audio and metadata can be accessed through its cloud-based digital evidence management solution, AVaiL Web™. BodyWorn's™ features continuously evolve to meet the demands of the industry and match the specific policies set by each individual law enforcement agency, including the automated redaction application, Smart Redaction™, for releasing video to the public. BodyWorn™ is one part of the smart technology solution product suit offered by Utility that focus on providing mission critical mobile intelligence. All of Utility's recording solutions, including Rocket IoT™ in-care video system, leverage Amazon Web Services cloud storage.
Utility is a venture-capital funded company headquartered in Decatur, Georgia (Metro Atlanta), founded in 2001. The company provides Mission Critical Communications and Real-Time Situational Awareness, through their Rocket IoT™ vehicle video routers, and BodyWorn™ video systems for Police, Fire, EMS, Electric and Gas Utility, and Public Transit customers across the United States. Utility offers a unified operating platform for safely locating, tracking and supporting all aspects of mobile field operations. Also, its cloud-based digital evidence-management solution, AVaiL Web™, delivers real-time access to virtually any mobile asset, and provides a cost-effective, enterprise-wide view of the location and status of remote field operations. Utility owns US patents 6,831,556; 7,768,548; 8,781,475; 9,246,898; 9,282,495 and has numerous patents pending with the US Patent Office, the Canadian Patent Office, and the European Union Patent Office.
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