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Key features and benefits of body-worn cameras

It’s no secret the public wants police officers to wear body-worn cameras—and on the flipside, police officers are embracing real-time video capture for its vast array of benefits.  Along with a reduction in false claims of misconduct and fewer overall complaints filed against officers, evidence is continually piling up in favour of these easy-to-use devices.

But just how easy are they? Departments still on the fence or just launching their own BWC programs will be happy to know that body-worn technology is continually evolving. The devices are becoming less cumbersome to wear, yet more durable, and the data they capture is crisp, clear and easy to store.

Manufacturers are constantly refining BWC equipment, knowing it is fast becoming a predominant tool of the industry. More than just accessories or add-ons, body-worn cameras are critical cogs in the law enforcement machine, recording the content police agencies need to build transparency and accountability, while deepening community trust.

One product line on the forefront of technology is Motorola’s Si Series, a holistic end-to-end solution that combines voice communications, real-time video, still images, voice recording and emergency alerting into one compact and rugged device. The series also eliminates recording errors, automatically tags and redacts content, while simplifying your budget management with predictable pricing. [C1] After footage is captured, the recorded content is securely stored and easy to share with judicial personnel, citizens and media.

Key features of the Si500 series

The Si500 Video Speaker Microphone (VSM) is aremote speaker microphone (RSM), body-worn camera (BWC), and voice-recorder in one.  It is a purpose-built smart interface to the APX radio, featuring mission critical sight, sound, security, intelligent recording capability, radio control and best-in-class audio. Equipped with a 210 degree articulating camera lens, the device provides an optimal field of view and flexible wearing positions. Users can wear the body camera with the display facing in or out. With the display facing out, the officer is able to use video preview mode to activate the camera allowing citizens to view themselves—a feature can be used as a deterrent to prevent the need to record video altogether.

The Si500 offers two ways to initiate recording: manually via recording slider, or automatically with a push of the emergency button or other Bluetooth enabled sensors. It can connect wirelessly with BT4.0 or wired to the radio and includes 32GB of memory for multimedia storage.

When it comes to audio clarity, the Si500 VSM is the only product on the market that automatically adjusts audio settings based on the user’s wearing position and environment. It also has five integrated microphones and a loud 0.5 Watt rated speaker, providing the same audio quality of the APX™ 6000.

Other notable differences
  • Integrated Wi-Fi, which dramatically improves the speed of multi-media upload. It also makes over-the-air VSM configuration and feature updates quick and seamless
  • A rugged design, featuring an XE-style speaker grill for better water porting; a prominent and simple-to-use video recording slider; and dedicated buttons that prevent accidental activation
  • A tempered-glass display with an intuitive user interface that presents only vital information within three panels. Users have the ability to control radio channels and talk groups, view recorded video and photos, tag videos and listen to audio recordings
  • Innovative carry solutions that complement Si500 by creating flexible wearing and mounting options on the body, including chest worn or shoulder worn to accommodate tactical vests and uniforms

For more information on body-worn camera equipment, visit: http://www.motorolasolutions.com/en_us/solutions/digital-evidence-management-solution.html

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