The Watchguard 4RE wireless in-car recording system is offers a high-tech video system with low-tech maintenance. The camera's "4RE" name comes from the company's Four Resolution Encoding technology, which allows the device to record at both high definition and at standard resolution simultaneously. On recordings that turn out to be important, the HD version is stored. Routine recordings (which comprise the majority of video recordings) are archived using the standard resolution.
WatchGuard Video released the WatchGuard 4RE HD Wireless In-Car Video System, a true high definition in-car video system for law enforcement. The company claims that the WatchGuard 4RE (Four Resolution Encoding) is completely revolutionary because it eliminates the agonizing compromise between video quality and file size. WatchGuard’s provides more than 3.5 times higher image resolution than the best video quality offered by any competing system while simultaneously lowering the overall file storage requirements.
Breakthrough Wireless Upload Speeds
Video files will typically be uploaded wirelessly using a new, advanced industrial grade 802.11n antenna system that features dynamic beamforming and adaptive meshing technology, in a robust, 5.8 GHz multi-radio antenna design. This wireless system boasts real-world transfer speeds fast enough to upload 9 hours of video from 6 vehicles simultaneously in about 300 seconds, and is completely scalable for large agencies that require a high number of concurrent transfers.
Redundant Drive Architecture
WatchGuard’s new 4RE HD system records onto a solid state USB flash drive (commonly known as a thumb drive), which is locked securely behind the DVR’s access panel. In addition to the removable USB flash drive, a built-in non-removable hard drive provides complete data redundancy. This redundancy makes possible the patent pending technology called “Record-After-The-Fact”, which is the ability to create a brand new record event from any of the background recorded video that has been buffered on the hard drive, possibly days after the event occurred. The redundant drive architecture also allows agencies to grant officers permission to manually upload files to the server using the convenient USB flash drive (if needed) without ever exposing the agency to any risk of evidence loss or tampering.
The WatchGuard 4RE HD also breaks new ground with the graphical user interface on its 4.3-inch touch screen display, which matches the camera’s ideal 16:9 wide screen aspect ratio. The operation of 4RE is extremely simple and file uploads, configuration updates, and firmware upgrades are fully automatic and “hands-free” to the officer.
The WatchGuard 4RE system includes a sophisticated back-end server package called WatchGuard Evidence Library 2.0 that runs on Microsoft SQL Server 2008. This state-of-the-art backend software provides advanced file management, a graphical search engine, and is scalable for agencies from 1 to 5,000 officers or more.
The Largest Development Effort to Date
WatchGuard Video is best known for the WatchGuard DV-1. The development of WatchGuard’s new 4RE product was not based on the DV-1; it was an all-new, ground-up design that is the first in-car video system to take advantage of the latest advanced compression technology called H.264 Main Profile (MP). Existing H.264 in-car video systems utilize the simpler H.264 Baseline Profile (BP), which creates files that are 40%-50% larger than H.264 Main Profile files at equivalent video qualities. The 4RE design cycle took more than 3 years to complete, and was the largest product development effort in the history of the in-car video industry. It was also the first design to utilize multiple Texas Instruments’ DaVinci DM365 video processors.