Video Footage is King

Video footage is King in today’s digital society.

Readers no longer want to read articles but watch video segments of news. WhatsApp wants to offer video chat, which will compete against Apple FaceTime and Skype, as sometimes text messages are not enough.

Law enforcement agencies around the world have begun adopting body-worn camera and video technologies for their officers.

From the start of December, West Midlands fire service, in the UK, will test a new system that will enable 999 callers with smartphones to securely send live video footage of incidents to control rooms, without having to download any special applications or technology. Callers will be sent a text message containing a weblink. Once a caller clicks through, a live stream is established that allows footage or images to be sent directly to call-handlers. GPS co-ordinates are also sent across, helping responders to pinpoint the location.

This new feature could be used from road traffic accidents to house fires, informing the control room of the present situation and could even be passed on to the crews on the ground. Collecting video evidence will become crucial in updating emergency services. Body-worn video and cameras are becoming the “must have” tool for law enforcement. Nevertheless, most body-worn camera deployments do not include live video streaming, it is likely in the future, this will also become a critical tool in a connected police officer’s armoury.  Ask the Thales Group, and they will also inform you of such.

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