JONESBORO, GA.— Aug. 11, 2016 — Utility, Inc. announced today that the Clayton County Police Department—headquartered in Jonesboro, Georgia—will officially deploy 200 of Utility’s BodyWorn™ body cameras, as well as 200 Rocket IoT-X™ devices, for in-car communication. BodyWorn™ is the only product of its kind that enables policy-based, automatic recording triggers; state-of-the-art, automatic redaction software; real-time video offloading to a secure cloud server; and instant video playback. No other body camera provider offers these unique features.
“BodyWorn™ was selected among several finalists to supply our Department with a wearable camera option, however it has standout features that we found best align with our needs,” said Michael J. Register, Clayton County Chief of Police. “BodyWorn™ has an automatic recording feature which accurately archives any interaction in real-time, saving us both time and money that would have otherwise been wasted if we relied on manual operation. BodyWorn™ will further our commitment to professionalism and transparency. Our Department is dedicated to protecting our community and our officers while being economically effective; BodyWorn™ is the only solution that aligns with our philosophy and we are excited to equip our officers with the advanced technology.”
BodyWorn™ utilizes a smartphone embedded into the officer’s uniform, ensuring the camera remains secure, does not become dislodged and always records the full scene in front of the officer. To maximize transparency, and eliminate human error, BodyWorn™ uses smart triggers to automatically initiate recording. For example, BodyWorn™ features an accelerometer that will automatically begin recording if an officer starts to run. Recording could also be initiated when the patrol car’s sirens disengages and the officer exists the vehicle. This function is intended to keep officers safe and maintain transparency, ensuring an interaction is documented uninterruptedly. The software is fully customizable, so BodyWorn™ will adhere to each law enforcement agency’s specific recording and privacy guidelines.
In addition, Utility’s Rocket™ integrated vehicle communication systems turn each patrol car into a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. By deploying 200 Rocket IoT-X™ devices as well, the Clayton County Police Department will also enhance officers’ communication capabilities.
The BodyWorn™ Smart Offload feature, which automatically uploads recorded video content to a secure cloud storage system powered by Amazon Web Services as it is being recorded, is another key function that differentiates BodyWorn™ from manual body camera devices. This capability guarantees a secure chain of custody and accountability, as all video is tracked in real-time.
Along with advanced smart recording technology, the Clayton County Police Department will also have access to BodyWorn’s™ revolutionary automatic redaction software, Smart Redaction™. A standard feature to its video management system provided at no added cost, Smart Redaction™ automatically identifies faces and other specified objects to be redacted easily and efficiently based on the department’s specific privacy policies. This is intended to protect citizen and police officer privacy, as well as fulfil any media request in a timely and cost-effective manner.
“We are very pleased to add Clayton County to our list of departments deploying BodyWorn™,” said Robert McKeeman, CEO of Utility. “At Utility, Inc., we design technology with the mission to take away manual work from police officers so they can focus on protecting themselves and their communities. BodyWorn™ is a reliable device and the only product of its kind on the market that provides law enforcement agencies with the smart technology needed to meet today’s transparency and accountability demands.”
For more information about Utility’s suite of smart products, including BodyWorn™ devices and Rocket IoT™, that enhance law enforcement agencies’ ability to efficiently access the full evidence ecosystem using automated technology, visit http://www.Bodyworn.com.
BodyWorn™ uses smart technology, incorporating real-time communications for the best situational awareness possible during the most critical times. Unlike other body cameras, BodyWorn™ has automatic recording triggers based on policies, officer down reporting and alerting, live video streaming, and secure automatic wireless offload to cloud storage. BodyWorn™ video, audio and metadata can be accessed through its cloud-based digital evidence management solution, AVaiL Web™. BodyWorn’s™ features continuously evolve to meet the demands of the industry and match the specific policies set by each individual law enforcement agency including the automated redaction application, Smart Redaction™, for releasing video to the public. BodyWorn™ is one part of the smart technology solution product suit offered by Utility that focus on providing mission critical mobile intelligence. All of Utility’s recording solutions, including Rocket IoT™ in-care video system, leverage Amazon Web Services cloud storage.
Utility is a venture-capital funded company headquartered in Decatur, Georgia (metro Atlanta). The company was founded in 2001, developing software for mission-critical field-work force operations for the electric and gas industries. This software evolved into AVaiL Web, Utility’s premiere SaaS solution. The company also provides Mission Critical Communications and Real-Time Situational Awareness, through their Rocket IoT™ vehicle video routers, and BodyWorn™ video systems for Police, Fire, EMS, Electric and Gas Utility, and Public Transit customers across the US. Utility provides a unified operating platform for safely locating, tracking and supporting all aspects of mobile field operations. AVaiL Web delivers real-time access to virtually any mobile asset, and provides a cost-effective, enterprise-wide view of the location and status of mobile field operations. Utility owns US patents 6,831,556; 7,768,548; 8,781,475; 9,246,898; 9,282,495 and has numerous patents pending with the US Patent Office, the Canadian Patent Office, and the European Union Patent Office.