TINLEY PARK, IL (August 20, 2013) – Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, a leading provider of advanced technology for law enforcement professionals, today announced at the Midwest Security & Police Conference/Expo a partnership with Utility Inc., a market leader in mobile resource management solutions for first responders. Together, Panasonic and Utility technology will improve officer efficiency by enabling in-car high-speed wireless broadband to support a growing number of IP-based technologies, including a comprehensive solution for video evidence capture, offload and management. The combined solution now provides law enforcement agencies using Panasonic’s Arbitrator 360° in-car digital video systems with some of the fastest offload speeds available in the industry.
Across the country, emergency response vehicles are increasingly being used as mobile command centers – employing sophisticated technology and relying on constant, high-speed wireless broadband connections to provide real-time situational awareness. In particular, in-car video systems are becoming a standard tool in law enforcement and are serving not only to capture vital digital evidence but also to provide for officer safety, used for training purposes and as an impartial tamper-proof record of officers’ interactions with the public.
As part of the new solution, Rocket Vehicle Routers from Utility support the offload of video evidence from Panasonic’s Arbitrator 360° in-car digital video system to a Rocket Access Point (RAP) in the parking lot at a rate of up to 1GB of video data in less than two minutes from multiple vehicles while maintaining a secure chain of custody. Rocket Vehicle Routers also enable live streaming with remote zoom via the Arbitrator 360° system to allow dispatchers or supervisors to view the vehicle’s live video feeds from headquarters or a mobile command center. They also support other functionalities such as delivering real-time GPS data from vehicles to dispatch, and remote firmware updates.
In addition, the Rocket Vehicle Router will create a secure Wireless Area Network in the vehicle allowing multiple Panasonic devices to securely connect while leveraging a single carrier-agnostic data plan. The Rocket Vehicle Router creates a WAN or LAN in the vehicle which will support multiple data backhauls including cellular 4G LTE, radio, satellite and WiFi. This flexibility allows a user to leverage a secure “data hub” for multiple devices including Panasonic’s new Windows-based Toughpad FZ-G1 tablet.
Engineered for the demanding environments law enforcement personnel face every day, Panasonic’s Arbitrator 360° rugged in-car digital video recording system supports a full 360-degree view in and around a police vehicle. The system utilizes up to five cameras simultaneously to record courtroom-ready video evidence. Other features include digital wireless audio recording, low-light capabilities and activation based on predefined triggers such as the use of the patrol vehicle's siren.
Panasonic's SafeServ® Evidence Management Software Suite provides critical back-end support for the solution, serving as a comprehensive file management system that aligns with chain of custody requirements. Panasonic recently announced that the new SafeServ version 8.0 can now ingest an expanded range of digital evidence types including still and digital images, digital video, case files and report documents from multiple agencies. The system can also collect and process digital video evidence recorded by Panasonic WV-TW310 wearable cameras. The SafeServ software also allows importing of evidence from other sources including security cameras from public sources, such as a retail location where an incident occurred.