Body Worn Cameras (BWC) are a widely used tool by police forces across the world. Police use the cameras to protect their officers and capture footage to be used in prosecutions.
Hundreds of hours of footage is captured each year by officers using the devices. With such a huge amount of footage generated, one of the growing issues with BWC rollouts is handling the sheer amount of footage, discerning which videos are important and maintaining the evidential status of the footage to be used in court proceedings, if necessary. This is why having an advanced Video Management System is just as important as high-quality cameras.
The most important stipulation regarding the footage garnered by BWCs is how it is audited and used once captured. For Edesix VideoBadges, the footage recorded is protected by encryption keys and only the specific partnered VideoManager software with associated log-ins can allow that footage to be viewed. This design allows the footage taken to be deemed as ‘court-ready’ evidence should it be needed. This encryption mitigates one of the major fears of BWC footage, that a stolen or lost camera could have its footage taken and subsequently shared publicly, edited or deleted. Storing sensitive footage comes with the responsibility of data protection, allowing granular access to the video recorded, so that only those permitted can see the recorded footage and maintain this ‘evidential quality’. Data protection and process obligations can be met through implementing role-based access controls; specific users are given restricted privileges to delete, view and create incidents or export footage, whilst administrators can control these features and more.
This is designed to allow for specific audit trails which are the invaluable asset to be gained from using advanced back end software. Footage is hashed and assigned its own unique reference number, every action is audited, enabling camera-to-court accountability.
Edesix’s VideoManager software also benefits from its ability to integrate into any ONVIF compliant VMS, allowing Edesix Videobadge footage to be incorporated into onsite CCTV monitoring. This gateway for VideoManager, called ONStream, enables any ONVIF compliant VMS to be unified with VideoBadge and VideoTag cameras, providing unparalleled detail of incidents as they unfold. Edesix Body Worn Cameras are capable of streaming live video and audio feeds from multiple perspectives and viewpoints to a control room, whilst simultaneously recording footage in HD quality locally to the device for the creation of complete evidence packages.
As more footage is recorded, maintaining, handling and storing that footage will become a key facet of Body Worn Camera rollouts going forward.