IACP 2018 - Mark Geist

We were thrilled and honored to have American Hero, Mark Geist in our booth at #IACP2018. Pictured here with Utility, Inc.'s President and CEO, Ted Davis.

Thank you, Mark "Oz" Geist, for your bravery, courage and service as a former Marine and as a member of the Annex Security Team who fought the Battle of Benghazi.

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Henderson Police implementing new body cam technology

The Henderson Police Department is partnering with Utility Incorporated to add a tool the department and the company say improves upon traditional body cameras.

"Traditionally they've been manual on off in nature, magnetically mounted or clipped to the outside of the uniform, which is rife with issue,” said Chris Lindenau with Utility Incorporated. “The types of circumstances when officers are least equipped to find the manual on off button to their camera are those same circumstances when agencies are expecting, and the public is expecting, to have video."

The technology automatically activates officers' body cameras when they withdraw and re-holster their guns. The cameras are also activated when the system detects the sound of officers firing, or when they're fired upon.

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GPD officers to get new body cameras

Gainesville police officers will be equipped with new body cameras next year.

Gainesville City Council members authorized City Manager Barry Sullivan to enter into a 5-year contract with Utility Associates, Inc. to provide mobile video recording equipment, body-worn cameras and a cloud-based digital evidence management system for the Gainesville Police Department.

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Arlington Police Launch Advanced Body Camera Program

Beginning this week, the Arlington Police Department will begin issuing body cameras to all sworn officers, sergeants and lieutenants.

The cameras, a product named Bodyworn manufactured by Utility Associates of Decatur, Georgia, will be on some uniforms and in the field as soon as this week.

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Don't lose focus - DeKalb orders 200 high-tech body cams

Each officer and detective in the DeKalb County Police Department (DKPD) will be fitted with state-of-the-art equipment after DeKalb officials approved the purchase of approximately 200 body cameras.

According to DKPD Police Chief James Conroy, the purchase will allow the department to provide all officers and detectives body cameras. 

"I'm excited about these cameras," Conroy said. "They're scalable, they're upgradable and the company we purchase from is a DeKalb County company and they like to keep us happy. We like to be guinea pigs for some of the new technology they're testing."

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NEW WLPD BODY-CAMS A 'GAME CHANGER,' CHIEF SAYS

The West Lafayette Police Department is one of the first in the state to use cell-phone-based body cameras. Chief Jason Dombkowski is calling the program a game changer. The department started using the new 'BodyWorn' technology late last week. Officers no longer have to remember to press record in the field.

 

 

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Homeland Security Conference Opens with Call for Greater Intel Cooperation, New Technologies

If there was one overarching theme at the 12th annual Homeland Security Week conference opening session Wednesday, it was an examination of how intelligence agencies and police departments are expanding the ways they gather intelligence and collaborate...

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Chris Lindenau, chief revenue officer at BodyWorn, said one of the issues with body cameras is that when police officers are in a threatening situation, they don’t always remember or think about turning on their cameras.

One idea might be to equip officers’ holsters with an electronic device that would automatically turn on the camera as soon as the gun was drawn. “That would only catch maybe half of the incident,” Lindenau said, because it would not show what happened earlier to cause the officer to draw a weapon. “A better solution – and we’re working on it – would be an audio trigger that would turn on the camera at the first sound of a gunshot.”

 

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Utility, Inc. collaborates with Sony at IACP

Utility, Inc. announced today that they are in collaboration with Sony to develop Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) application with Sony's heightened video recognition technology, which is an add-on to existing Rocket IoT Vehicle video systems.  

It will intelligently recognize vehicle design, catalog last known locations, and tag license plate information to recorded videos collected by the Utility Rocket IoT in-car video system at a fraction of the cost of conventional ALPR systems.

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How Lawrence PD’s cloud-based body-worn camera program reflects changes in law enforcement in America

Deputy Chief Gary Woodruff discusses how the future of policing will rely upon cameras, video and data management in the cloud

The Lawrence, Indiana Police Department’s body-worn camera program, which recently won the Amazon Web Services City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge, is an example of how technology can bolster the effectiveness of a police force. The city’s cloud-based body-worn camera program has allowed Lawrence PD to improve efficiency as well as better serve its citizens. It also reflects a changed landscape in American policing as departments move toward digital evidence collection and storage and deal with the issues involved in that shift.

Deputy Chief Gary Woodruff sees body-worn camera programs as inevitable and believes that in two to five years, body-worn cameras will be as universal as the badge, uniform, or gun.

 

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