Motorola extends performance of body-worn cameras

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The new Watchguard V300 continuous-operation body-worn camera from Motorola is thought to be the first in the industry to address law enforcement’s need for body-worn cameras that remain operational beyond a 12-hour shift. Swappable battery packs and 128 GB of memory enable it to operate continuously while officers are in the field. For example, if a V300’s battery runs low, the officer is able to change out the battery in the camera and swap in a spare that they carry on hand. This saves the officer a journey back to the station to check-out a new, fully-charged camera.

The Watchguard V300 body-worn camera can also be integrated with the Watchguard 4RE in-car video system, allowing for the capture of synchronised video of an incident from multiple vantage points. With automated license plate recognition (ALPR) capabilities, the Watchguard 4RE in-car video system delivers real-time, in-vehicle intelligence to law enforcement officers.

Additionally, patented record-after-the-fact technology, if enabled on the V300 by a system administrator, can be used to recover the video from an incident days later, even when a recording was not automatically triggered or the record button was not pressed.

The Watchguard V300 detachable battery, along with the evidence library rapid check-out kiosk, also changes how a body-worn camera programme can be deployed. Cameras can be pooled between officers, so agencies may purchase fewer cameras than their total number of officers. Since the V300 detachable battery can charge without being attached to the camera, fully-charged spares can stand ready in a docking station for a quick shift change, allowing immediate re-assignment of an inbound camera to a new outbound officer, improving availability and utilisation.