The old cliché is to simply say, "A picture is worth a thousand words." For law enforcement in the field, those thousand words can amount to the difference between a conviction and risking the safety of the public or first responders.
A verbal description of an event, suspect movements or identification can become muddled in the communication transfer from the field. An image or picture, however, sends clear and concise information with much-needed precision for an appropriate response. This imagery plays a major role in law enforcement situational awareness.
Reality Mobile's RealityVision software broadcasts video and/or images from connected officers in its system to decision makers at headquarters and to law enforcement team members instantly wherever and whenever called for.
"What we want to do is stretch vital information knowledge to everyone who needs it," says Brian Geoghegan, vice president of products for Reality Mobile, a Herndon, Virginia-based company.
With a single installation of the RealityVision enterprise edition, this information can be disseminated to up to 100 users, and in turn, these 100 users also can transmit live video and other data simultaneously.
"The system can grow with the number of users, giving everyone the opportunity to create and share live video and other crucial information wherever they're located as long as they've got a connection," he continues.A plan of action
RealityVision began its video venture with the intent to replace clipboards and other paper products in the field with an electronic device. Through many dialogues with local and federal law enforcement agencies, the company focused its product on two themes, to:
- take advantage of available products and services to lessen the emphasis on custom development, and
- provide better information to and from officers in the field to assist in the decision-making process.
To accomplish this self-appointed task, RealityVision's system provides officers with:
- Live video streaming. With a single press of a button, an officer can immediately transmit streaming video from a supported mobile phone in real-time as events unfold.
- Video sharing. The live video can be viewed simultaneously by any other user in the system with his cellular phone or a computer connected into the system.
- Video control. On touch commands allow users to remotely view and control fixed camera feeds as well, if authorized.
- Data delivery. Through the software's Management Console application, an agency can receive and share live and archived video instantly. The application also can cause devices to automatically display a text message, photo, map or other data, and create image/video data-sharing groups.
- Tracking. The console application gathers the mobile device's geospatial coordinates for law enforcement to know what is happening and where. It also provides law enforcement the ability to view the video and team coordinates superimposed over satellite imagery.
- Personal alarm. With the push of a button, an officer's connected mobile device can send a silent alarm for immediate assistance. The connected camera automatically begins to stream video to the server.
- Command and control. The Management Console application has the ability to assume control over the mobile devices in the system and command these devices with actions for the purpose of remotely influencing events.
- Rapid deployment. The mobile device software can be downloaded to any commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS)-supported device. The software currently runs on the Palm OS, Palm Treo line of smart phones and Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 and Mobile 6.0. A desktop version is available for laptops and other hardware.