This is part four of our five-part series discussing Panasonic’s revolutionary hardware and software for capturing and managing evidence. Today, we’ll provide the information you need to choose the best body worn camera available, highlighting the state-of-the-art Arbitrator Body-Worn Camera (BWC) MK3. Read on to learn the advantages this system has to offer you and your fleet.
A Brief History
The first body worn cameras were used and tested in the United States in California by the Rialto police department in 2012. They were shown to have a decrease of 88 percent in complaints of police brutality, and the incidents where police had to use force dropped 60 percent.
Panasonic released its newest addition to the Arbitrator family at ISC West 2017 as the next-generation body worn camera, MK3. It is better able than the previous versions to collect and maintain data in the easiest manner possible and keep both officers and civilians safe.
Extended Battery Life
An extended battery life is essential to your officers in the field. They need their batteries to last their entire shift. The new Arbitrator body worn camera is capable of delivering up to 8 hours of recording time and running a full 12 hours on standby.
It’s very important to consider the size and weight of a body worn camera. If the camera is bulky and heavy, it can weigh your officers down and lean at an awkward angle so that the video, audio, and still photos are hard to see clearly. The Arbitrator body worn camera is diminutive in size at a mere 3.42 x 2.75 x 1.22 inches. The main controller weighs only 7.05 ounces, so officers will barely notice it’s there.
Extended Recording Time
With an extended battery life, you also get extended recording time while a body worn camera is in use. Panasonic states that the new Arbitrator can hold up to 64GB of memory at one time before needing to offload the information to a server.
The Arbitrator body worn camera is truly built to las. It has passed many military tests to ensure it will function well in almost any situation. This camera passed stringent testing for drops and is tightly sealed, waterproof, and sandproof. It records clear video, audio, and still pictures—even in low-light situations. The image stabilization helps prevent shakiness in the video recordings to give a clear view of the situation at hand.
Ease of Use
Panasonic made this the easiest of the body worn cameras to operate with only one touch required to record or take a photo. It can be triggered to power up and start recording in a wide variety of situations. You can link it to the light bar or to a weapon lock release to wirelessly trigger it to turn on. You also have the advantage of GPS to know where the officer is on the recording as well as GPS time sync to the in-car cameras. A time and date stamp appears on the recording, and you can tag files instantly for evidence management.
Integrated Video System
The special Arbitrator integrated video system connects body worn cameras and in-car cameras for video and audio, covering 360 degrees so you don’t miss any item or sound. The video streams from in-car and body cameras as well as fixed surveillance cameras mesh perfectly together to capture all evidence in real time. You’ll no longer have to try to attempt to tag two videos together from two different cameras, which can get messy and complicated. This integrated video system lays streams virtually on top of one another, saving you valuable time you’d otherwise have to spend trying to splice video feeds together.
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