March 17, 2010
WatchGuard Introduces "Record-After-the-Fact" for the DV-1 In-Car Video System
PLANO, TX -- WatchGuard Video announced today the release of
Version 6.0 software for the WatchGuard DV-1 police in-car video system. The Version 6.0
upgrade includes a powerful new Patent Pending feature known as “Record-After-the-Fact”
which allows officers to retrieve buffered video that was not previously recorded to a DVD.
“The Power to Go Back in Time”
This long awaited feature goes far beyond the traditional pre-event video feature common in
many digital in-car video systems. Record-After-the-Fact provides the ability to create a new
video recording event up to several days AFTER the time the event actually occurred. Many
officers can recall times when important events occurred, but the in-car video camera was not
recording. Furthermore, most agencies can point to multiple court cases that were lost
because the video camera never recorded the event. At times, a patrol vehicle may happen to
drive by a location where suspects have been loitering prior to committing a crime. With
Record-After-the-Fact, those unexpected encounters can be recalled to assist in an
investigation or to exonerate an officer.
Redundant Recording Makes this Possible
The WatchGuard DV-1 is the only in-car video system in use that uses two separate recording
drives to enable this capability. Triggered video events are recorded onto a DVD disc, while
simultaneously the system is always recording video in the background to the internal hard
drive. Now, officers can easily access the video buffered on the internal hard drive (which
usually goes back several days) and define a new recording event simply by entering a start
and stop point.
It’s Already Helping Agencies and Officers
In Texas, an agency was able to use the video from their DV-1’s hard drive to help identify a
second suspect from a bank robbery. An officer was in route to the bank, when he happened
to pass by the vehicle later identified as the suspect’s vehicle. The hard drive video clearly
showed a female passenger that was not reported by witnesses at the scene. This unexpected
video evidence proved critical in making a subsequent arrest.
“WatchGuard really saved the day for me!” said one officer. “When I got back to my car, I
realized I hadn’t initiated a recording of the traffic stop. Since the DV-1’s always recording in
the background, I was able to go back and make a recording of the event. It turned out to be a
high profile case, and thanks to the video I had the evidence I needed to exonerate my
A Free Upgrade for WatchGuard Customers
As with all WatchGuard software upgrades to date, Version 6.0 is provided free of charge and
has already been mailed to every WatchGuard DV-1 customer. In addition, this upgrade is
compatible with all hardware generations of the DV-1; even the 1st Generation systems
manufactured in 2005. Soon, all WatchGuard DV-1s will have the power to go back in time!
About WatchGuard Video
WatchGuard Video, headquartered in Plano, Texas, is the nation's leading provider of digital
in-car video systems to law enforcement, and staffs the industry’s largest Research and
Development department. The Company's primary product, the WatchGuard DV-1, is a
digital police in-car video system that records directly onto DVD-Video discs that play in
regular DVD players. It is the only law enforcement product in the world that can create
playable DVDs in a moving vehicle in real-time.