Panasonic Arbitrator 360° HD Available Through Expanded National Cooperative Purchasing Agreement

NEWARK, NJ (October 17, 2013) – Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, a leading provider of technology solutions for the public sector, today announced an amendment by the City of Tucson, AZ to the contract available through the National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance Company (National IPA) to include the new Arbitrator 360°™ HD rugged mobile digital video evidence capture and recording system. With this addition, first responder agencies across the country have a new, efficient method to purchase the Panasonic Arbitrator 360°HD, recording in 1080p Full HD resolution and delivering the industry’s highest quality video for critical evidence capture.

The National IPA works with public and nonprofit agencies and municipalities to competitively solicit national contracts for aggregated use, realizing significant time and cost savings. Through these publicly solicited and competitively awarded cooperative purchasing agreements, organizations benefit from national pricing and a simplified process while remaining compliant with procurement procedures. Panasonic is adding the Arbitrator 360° HD to a full line of professional technology solutions currently available through its existing agreement with National IPA that was awarded by the City of Tucson. The full range of products include the Toughpad™ line of enterprise-grade rugged tablets and Toughbook® rugged mobile computers, security and video surveillance solutions, professional displays and digital signage, projectors, professional video cameras and AV equipment, video teleconferencing, scanners, whiteboards and mounts.

 Video Evidence in 1080p Full HD Resolution

The Arbitrator 360° HD dramatically improves the image clarity and value of video evidence with a newly designed solution based on Panasonic’s heritage of innovation and excellence with its industry-leading surveillance cameras. This enables advanced capabilities such as high-quality image details and sharpness, ultra-accurate color representation and wider fields of view for improved situational awareness.

The Arbitrator 360°HD system supports recording of up to five HD cameras simultaneously to provide a full 360° view in and around an emergency response vehicle. Its 1080p Full HD front camera captures a 65-degree field of view and boasts a 30X optical zoom and 12X digital zoom creating a 360X zoom capability. The Arbitrator 360° HD also sets a new standard for operation in low-light conditions with the ability to capture images in near complete darkness. It uses Panasonic’s new CMOS Sensor that improves clarity of difficult images such as license plates in low-light conditions.

Side and rear view cameras provide 720p high-definition resolution, 150-degree horizontal fields of view and 93-degree vertical fields of view to bring full 360 degree situational awareness. A new officer-worn microphone provides nearly one mile of audio recording range utilizing a 900 Mhz frequency, and allows an officer to control any connected 12-volt device in the vehicle with a new auxiliary control feature.

The system’s Video Processing Unit supports up to two 512 GB solid state drives and provides full Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) to attached IP cameras. The system is equipped with a tamper-resistant key lock, ensuring evidence integrity for prosecution. Recording can be activated based on predefined triggers such as the use of the vehicle's siren, crash detection or other devices. Built to survive the demands of the mobile environment, the Arbitrator 360° HD system is MIL-STD-810G tested for resistance to shock, vibration, and other harsh conditions.

Complete Solution for Digital Evidence Capture, Transfer and Management

The Arbitrator 360° HD system integrates video capture, storage, transfer, and file management to serve as a complete digital evidence solution. The system includes Panasonic's SafeServ™ Evidence Management Software Suite, which provides secure evidence management with a built-in case file management system. It also includes the ability to ingest an expanded range of digital evidence including still images, IP surveillance video footage and automatic import of video from Panasonic’s WV-TW310 wearable camera systems. The SafeServ suite can be configured to fit an agency's specific chain of custody requirements for recall, retention and dissemination. Backward-compatibility with previous Panasonic Arbitrator models helps to protect customers’ existing investments.

The Arbitrator 360° HD system's wireless options allow for simple file transfer, with an integrated 802.11n radio that supports 2X2 MIMO offloading. The Arbitrator 360° HD allows for offload manually or via the CommandR™ application running on a Wi-Fi or wireless broadband-enabled Windows OS device. The system also connects seamlessly with in-vehicle routers such as Utility Inc.’s Rocket for expanded flexibility in wireless offload via wireless broadband or Wi-Fi. The Rocket architecture provides complete IP networking and routing in the vehicle to expand command and control capabilities and overall situational awareness.

“Many first responder agencies rely on mobile digital video evidence solutions in their vehicles for improved officer safety, better outcomes in the courtroom and trusted community relationships,” said Ken Heckman, vice president with National IPA. “With this contract expansion, it’s now easier than ever for public agencies from across the country to take advantage of the advances Panasonic has brought to the market with the new Arbitrator 360° HD system.”

“National IPA has been an invaluable partner for government agencies and municipalities looking to invest in a full range of next-generation technologies through one affordable, streamlined process, and we’re excited to make our new Arbitrator 360° HD system available through this contract,” said Michelle Chapin, senior director of contracts and bids, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “This creates a new, efficient avenue for organizations to invest in a platform to record evidence in unmatched clarity and quality, delivering significant benefits in the acquisition, management and review of recorded evidence.”

Panasonic’s Arbitrator 360° HD and other technology for law enforcement professionals will be showcased at the 120th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference, October 19-23, 2013 in Philadelphia.

Panasonic Solutions for Business

Panasonic delivers reliable business technology solutions that connect data with decision makers to drive better outcomes—for our customers and our customers’ customers. Panasonic engineers reliable products and solutions that help to create, capture and deliver data of all types, where, when and how it is needed. The complete suite of Panasonic professional solutions for government and commercial enterprises of all sizes addresses unified business communications, mobile computing, security and surveillance, retail point-of-sale, office productivity, visual communications (projectors, displays, digital signage) and HD video production. Panasonic solutions for business are delivered by Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation.

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About Panasonic Corporation of North America

Panasonic Corporation of North America provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and services for consumer, business and industrial use. The company is the principal North American subsidiary of Osaka, Japan-based Panasonic Corporation, and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. In Interbrand’s 2013 Annual “Best Global Green Brands” report, the Panasonic brand ranked number four, the highest ranked electronics brand in the report (http://bit.ly/17ezCDI). As part of continuing sustainability efforts, Panasonic Corporation of North America relocated its headquarters to a new facility built to meet LEED certification standards, adjacent to Newark Penn Station in Newark, NJ. Learn more about Panasonic at www.panasonic.com.

About National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance Company

National Intergovernmental Purchasing Alliance Company (National IPA) is a cooperative purchasing organization established for public agencies across the United States with the specific purpose of reducing procurement costs by leveraging group volume.

All master agreements are publicly solicited, awarded through an RFP process, and held by a Principal Procurement Agency. Each agreement includes the required language allowing intergovernmental (“piggybacking”) contract usage. This is an optional use program with no fee to participate. By utilizing these pre-competed cooperative agreements, agencies eliminate duplication of effort and save valuable time, resources and money.

Eligible agencies include:

  • State Government
  • County Government
  • City/Local Government
  • Public School Systems
  • Educational Institutions
  • Other Public Agencies
  • Healthcare
  • Agencies for Public Benefit
  • Non-Profits

To view all current available agreements, or to register to participate, please visit www.nationalipa.org.

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