Living the future of in-car video with Digital Ally
Advanced technology takes DVM-800 system to the next level to ensure officer safety, accountaiblity, and easy maintenance
One of the oldest pieces of “new” technology used in law enforcement is the dash cam, and while some may think that little has changed — both in terms of the overall concept as well as potential usage of mobile video systems — that couldn’t be further from the truth.
We’ve seen significant advancements in mobile video in recent years. Here, we’ll look at how Digital Ally’s systems can help to bring all of the possibilities inherent in those advancements to your agency — for less than you’d think.
Can You See Me Now?
One of the biggest improvements is the advent of high-definition video: the resolution of mobile video has become increasingly fine and the affordability of storage has made keeping high quality video files more accessible. However, with standard HD encoding, your storage requirements go up significantly — and in a mobile-video environment, that can also mean limiting how much you can record.
Digital Ally has focused recently on advancements in codecs — the compression algorithm used in video files — to allow a much higher-quality resolution for storage without greatly increasing the actual storage capacity needed to do so. That means that you can have the advantage of being able to see more clearly when reviewing an incident, and also have a lot more of that incident available to review. This is critical when you’re looking to determine what happened in its entirety, not just a snapshot of what transpired.
Digital Ally has also added customizable quality settings — allowing you to specify how much video you want to store by selecting what quality the video records in, and therefore its size on your storage media. That also means that your agency’s existing specifications can be utilized, maximizing compatibility with existing practices and minimizing the overhead, time, and materials costs necessary to integrate with your current way of doing things.
Probably the coolest thing, however, and something which the new DVM-800 system handles admirably, is the built-in ability to intelligently and automatically choose which cameras to record an event.
Intelligent Recording: What You Need to See
The integration of body-worn cameras into mobile video systems has become of much more importance as of late — after all, not all incidents happen right in front of a fixed-location camera, unfortunately. Many agencies haven’t yet taken these on as standard equipment because of technological challenges, unfortunately, but the potential to save lives and preserve critical evidence is making many seriously reconsider how to go about getting those cameras into regular use. Fortunately, Digital Ally’s new system makes it possible to address that challenge easily.
The FirstVu HD body camera takes policing in a new direction, linking In-car and officer video together, automatically. In today’s officer’s working environment, video review has become just that, a review for court purposes. It has never been efficient for officers to use it to review incidents and finish their reports at the end of their shift. This new linking capability allows the officer to tag both on-body and in-car videos together, setting up classification, profiling information, & retention policy in one step — after all, it was only one incident to begin with. That allows supervisors the ability to review incident video in the same way, and ensure that the chain of evidence is preserved by allowing the video files to definitively be linked to a particular incident, as well.
Managing It All is Easier than Ever
All of this, of course, would be pointless if the extraction of video files from the mobile units — and their implementation and management — was prohibitively difficult. Fortunately, the Digital Ally systems can be set up, managed, and updated wirelessly, including the ability to manage individual users and their permissions for access, and the ability to rapidly share — or even live stream — recordings across multiple cities, locations, or even from one country to another.
Overall, Digital Ally’s video systems are at the leading edge of advancements in mobile video solutions and technology, but despite this, remain one of the most affordable on the market, according to the company. Get in touch with them today and find out how easy and affordable getting a new system, or upgrading your existing Digital Ally solution, can be — including an advance replacement warranty which will get you a new system, before you ship one back, for up to five years.
To find out more, you can contact Digital Ally directly at 800-440-4947 (+913.814.7774 international) or www.digitalallyinc.com.