When the DOJ released a report last year outlining the necessity of clear evidence management systems for patrol footage, Fire Cam listened, and the result is Oncall’s cloud storage vault. Your department will have to be able to prove that the video evidence has not been altered and you know how it has been handled at every point from capturing to the courtroom.
Our Oncall® evidence management system does not allow access to the recordings on the camera until it has been uploaded to the server. From there you can download copies of the video to work with, but the recording is always kept in its original state at the server along with the metadata. The system keeps an audit trail of every action taken so there is complete transparency over the history of the recordings. You can also define roles in your department in terms of who has what permission to access video recordings so the system can easily be adapted to fit your department’s processes for handling video evidence.
With the Oncall®, all video is recorded in high-quality through the camera. Or you can live stream through the mobile network that uses much less data, so that any footage deemed non-evidentiary (such as standard traffic stops) can be saved in streaming-quality, which reduces the amount of storage space needed and provides savings to the department.
One thing a lot of departments don’t realize is the need for evidence management systems. Your agency is required to hold onto all video footage for 45 days to a year [varying from state-to-state] and departments are getting overrun with the cost of storing video. Oncall® provides a cost effective way to deal with the cost of storage.
The Oncall® body worn camera is the only camera that has the capability to transmit live video, audio, high quality snapshots, and GPS location in real time back to other police officers, a command center or dispatch center while simultaneously recording higher quality video on the body camera unit. Recorded footage is transmitted to the Oncall® secure server where anyone with administrative rights to the Oncall® app can access the footage and the delay in streaming video is only about a half of a second. The interface of the OnCall® system allows admin to choose how many streams to watch. Each police officer can choose to either record only to the body camera or to simultaneously record to the camera and stream the live video to the server.
The live streaming system has several benefits. It increases the safety of police officers in the line of duty by giving dispatch and other police live situational awareness of incidents as they are occurring. It also allows a recorded copy of the video to instantly be stored offsite, safeguarding the evidence even if the body camera is damaged or lost. An officer with admin rights can open the app in a phone or the police vehicles computer, select the officer in the field, and get an exact location of the officer with a live video of what’s happening.
Another patented feature called the "Live Snapshot" allows officers who are viewing the footage to take a snapshot of the live-streaming video at a higher resolution than the video stream itself. This feature is ideal if a highly detailed image such as a face, for example, is being captured. The Live Snapshot button on the app takes a high-quality JPEG image without disrupting the live-streaming video, and provides the admin with the photo in a few seconds. The snapshot can then be sent out in a message providing a quick way for police to share images of persons or vehicles of interest. All snapshots are securely saved by the cloud server.
One of the features most important when developing the Oncall® body worn camera was battery life – which is why the device includes a detachable battery for quick and easy replacement. Similar to a portable radio, batteries can be changed out from the charging dock during a shift if needed. Each battery can last up to 8+ hours. The Oncall body camera has 32 GB of memory built in, so that every police encounter is accounted for.
The camera also has a wide-angle lens plus infrared technology for recording at night, and up to a 3 minute pre-event record, which can capture footage prior to activating the record button on the camera. For firefighters or special ops, the Oncall® Fire Helmet Camera can withstand higher temperatures as it’s body is made of an anodized aluminum and the lens is constructed of heat-resistant glass and can easily be mounted to any tactical helmet or pica tinny rail.
Fire Cam has built its reputation for industry leading, rugged and lightweight body worn cameras for public safety since 2007. With over 30,000 customers wordwide, we are always on the leading edge of new technology and strive to constantly integrate this from our customers feedback. Our body worn cameras are SPECIFICALLY designed, industry compliant and are revolutionizing the public serviceindustry. They have been tested in the most rugged environments and can be a valuable tool for incidents, training, critique and investigations.
Competing against over 600 global contestants, Fire Cam was awarded within the top 8 finalist from the Worldwide Technologies Innovation World Cup hosted in Munich Germany in 2014 and recently won the #1 spot for the top 10 Body Worn Cameras in the June 2015 issue of Tactical Life Magazine. The Oncall Evidence Management System is extremely user friendly for officers and keeps an audit trail of every action taken so there is complete transparency over the history of the recordings. Fire Cam will always focus on understanding the evolving needs of today's emergency responders and creating one-to-one relationships with police and fire departments around the world with our newest technology.
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