Panasonic Introduces Wearable Video Camera System
Panasonic has unveiled its new WVTW310 Wearable Video Camera System, designed for law enforcement officers. The camera provides public safety agencies with a comprehensive system that captures and stores tamper-proof audio/video evidence.
In the digital age, agencies rely on video evidence to maintain their reputations and keep their officers safe. According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice, in 2011, 60 percent of police departments and 66 percent of sheriff offices used video solutions in their vehicles.
The wide-angle camera, which works during the day and at night, can record up to 32 hours using H.264 compression. It has a five-hour battery life.
“With the adoption of wearable cameras, public safety agencies can achieve total situational awareness and a comprehensive and seamless digital camera evidence capture solution, from the field to the courtroom,” said Greg Peratt, director of digital video products, Panasonic. “This single camera platform will provide agencies with a wide-angle audio and video record of important officer engagements while ensuring the integrity of the chain of custody, delivering significant time and cost savings in the acquisition, management and review of recorded evidence.”
The camera includes Agent and Viwer software. Agent software lets users upload video-image date on the camera to a PC using a conversion box. Viewer software lets users play back the original video using stabilization and image distrortion correction.
Once available in July of 2012, the cameras will cost $1,000 each.