Implementing a Cost-Effective Body Camera Program

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When thinking about body cameras, and dash cameras too, we suggest you stand back and redefine what a body camera is. Especially in times of tight budgets, it is wise to consider body and dash camera options that do not fall into the proprietary hardware-centric model. Visual Labs takes a completely different approach to body-worn and dash cameras compared to the many other “camera-only” products on the market today. The Visual Labs smartphone body camera solution represents a paradigm shift in the thinking toward body-worn cameras. We believe the appropriate definition of BWC is not Body Worn Camera, but instead Body Worn Computer. By focusing on software, the Visual Labs smartphone-based dash camera solution can save up to 90% compared to other solutions.

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The Visual Labs body camera solution uses a fully-functioning smartphone as the recording device and provides all the features that camera-only devices offer and much more. By harnessing both the connectivity and computational power of the smartphone, the Visual Labs solution provides many advanced features, including:

  • Automatic upload of footage from the field
  • Providing real-time situational awareness via a live video and audio feed
  • Providing real-time positional awareness
  • Taking evidentiary photos and audio recordings
  • Tagging, captioning and setting retention directly on the device from the field
  • Backup communication as a fully-functional smartphone
  • CJIS-compliant
  • Extremely cost-effective
  • Low upfront cost without a long-term financial commitment
  • Many mounting options






Real-Time Awareness

The Visual Labs solution can provide real-time situational awareness via a live video feed streamed to a command center which could be located anywhere in the world. Further, with appropriate authorization and control, a command center has the ability to remotely initiate a live video stream. This functionality could prove to be critical in cases where communication with an officer cannot be established, whether due to radio equipment failure or, in a worst-case scenario, due to the officer’s inability to respond.

Another function of a smartphone that is inherent in the Visual Labs solution is the ability to provide real-time positional awareness via GPS and cellular triangulation, which represents a significant enhancement to officer safety. A dispatch or command center can know the location of an officer, even when the officer is away from a patrol car — for example, in a foot pursuit. All this functionality is available without the need to pair the device with any additional hardware.

An All-in-One Solution

Visual Labs offers its customers a significant opportunity for device consolidation. There is no reason to acquire a simple, camera-only device when available technology provides the option for much greater functionality. A single device can replace stand-alone body worn cameras, digital cameras and audio recorders.  There is no requirement for external hardware such as docking stations, routers, kiosks or special uniforms.  The only hardware needed is the smartphone itself — any off-the-shelf Android smartphone.  Often, the smartphones are provided to law enforcement agencies at no cost by cellular carriers.

Future Proof

As Visual Labs is an innovative software company, additional features and functionality are continuously being added. With the Visual Labs solution, customers are not locked in to a specific piece of proprietary hardware with a long upgrade cycle, controlled by a single hardware vendor. Customers are able to take advantage of rapid advancements in hardware and software technology with the assurance that they will always have a state-of-the-art body camera solution. Multiple mounting options are available to ensure that devices are able to be mounted in a variety of ways.

Smartphone Dash Cameras

The Visual Labs solution is also available as a dash camera. In addition to the advance technology, the dash camera solution provides a significant hardware cost savings. Visual Labs can generally deploy its smartphone-based dash camera solution for around $800 per vehicle, as compared to around $6,000 per vehicle for some competing solutions.

Visual Labs has been providing its innovative solutions to law enforcement, private security companies and others since 2014.  The solutions are used throughout the United States and internationally.

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