The Body Camera Paradigm Shift
Visual Labs takes a completely different approach to body worn cameras versus the many other “camera‑only” products on the market today. The Visual Labs 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.
We believe that there is no reason for any security agency to acquire a simple, camera-only device when available technology provides the option for so much more functionality, with the potential for significant cost savings.
The Visual Labs solution uses a fully-functioning smartphone as the recording device and provides all the features that camera-only devices offer. The key advantage of the Visual Labs system is that all the built-in functionality of the smartphone (a small computer) is also available. This includes the ability to obtain real-time situational awareness via a live stream video feed sent to a command center, which could be fixed or mobile, and 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, 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 GPS enabled patrol car -- for example, in a foot pursuit. All this functionality is available without the need to pair the device with any additional hardware.
A Captain from a large, very well-respected police department wrote to us “... you have a great product and I can tell you that the other day when one of our officers went into a foot pursuit and lost his radio, your camera system would have been invaluable!” He also wrote “... I wish it was available when we were doing our camera study.”
Multiple mounting solutions are available, including a very small, lightweight external camera that can be placed almost anywhere on a uniform. Further, because Visual Labs is an innovative software company, additional features and functionality are continuously being added. With the Visual Labs solution, an agency is not locked in to a specific piece of proprietary hardware with a long upgrade cycle controlled by a single hardware vendor. Agencies 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.
In summary, the Visual Labs solution provides far more functionality and versatility than typical body worn camera offerings, all in a single, easy to use, durable, and efficient hardware device.