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500 BodyWorn cameras headed to Colorado Springs Police Department
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO Aug. 25, 2016 Utility, Inc. announced today that the Colorado Springs Police Department has purchased 500 of its state-of-the-art BodyWorn™ body cameras, the only body camera available that automates the recording process. BodyWorn™ uses customizable, policy-based triggers to automatically initiate recording and ensure officers adhere to the Department's specific recording and privacy policies every time. In addition—because of its advanced Wi-Fi and 4G LTE connectivity—BodyWorn™ is also the only body camera to upload video as it is recorded to a secure cloud server as well as instant video playback. The Department is expected to begin deployment in the beginning of September, 2016.
"Police body cameras are at the forefront of the national conversation. We want the world to know that the automatic-recording and smart technology being demanded is available and being used by police departments throughout the US," said Robert McKeeman, CEO of Utility. "In today's world, manually-operated anything is obsolete. BodyWorn™ is designed to eliminate the burden on police officers having to remember to push a start button to record video. Policy-based recording allows police officers to focus on protecting themselves and the community—not being a videographer. Technology should never dictate policy. Our software is fully customizable, so BodyWorn™'s automatic-recording triggers will comply to each law enforcement agency's specific recording and privacy policies."
BodyWorn™ utilizes a smartphone embedded into the officer's uniform, ensuring the camera remains secure, does not become dislodged and always records the full scene in front of the officer. In addition to automatic recording triggers, BodyWorn™ automatically uploads video content to a secure cloud storage system and does not require officers to manually plug in devices to a docking station back at the precinct. This feature, Smart Offload, guarantees a secure chain of custody and accountability as all video is tracked in real time.
The Colorado Springs Police Department also purchased 250 Rocket™ IoT devices, turning each patrol car into a mobile, Wi-Fi hotspot. This will greatly enhance officers' communication capabilities—seamless access to BOLO alerts, Officer Down notifications, GPS mapping and many other unique capabilities.
For more information about Utility's suite of smart products that enhance law enforcement agencies' ability to efficiently access the full evidence ecosystem using automated technology—including BodyWorn™;Rocket IoT™; and its automatic redaction system, Smart Redaction™, that comes standard for all BodyWorn™ customers—visit http://www.Bodyworn.com.
BodyWorn™ incorporates real-time communications for the best situational awareness possible during the most critical times. Unlike Generation 1 body cameras, BodyWorn™ has automatic recording triggers based upon department policies, officer down emergency reporting, live video streaming, and secure automatic wireless video upload to cloud storage. BodyWorn™ video, audio and metadata can be accessed through its cloud-based digital evidence management solution AVaiL Web™. All of Utility's recording solutions, including Rocket IoT™ in-car video system, leverage Amazon Web Services cloud processing and storage.
About Smart Redaction™
Utility's unique Smart Redaction™ is included as part of the overall video management software solution. Video can be redacted quickly and at low cost to protect citizen and police officer privacy while increasing transparency and accountability.
Utility is a venture-capital funded company headquartered in Decatur, Georgia (metro Atlanta). The company was founded in 2001, developing software for mission-critical field-work force operations for the electric and gas industries. This software evolved into AVaiL Web, Utility's premiere SaaS solution. The company also 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 US. Utility provides a unified operating platform for safely locating, tracking and supporting all aspects of mobile field operations. 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 mobile 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.
For more information, visit www.utility.com and www.bodyworn.com.