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How to Start a Body-Worn Camera Program on any Budget

March 27, 2019 7:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Looking to implement a body-worn camera program? Here are some tips to help you get your program off the ground without breaking your budget. According to TIME Magazine, nearly one-third of law enforcement agencies in the U.S. have some sort of body-worn camera program. But a recent report from The Washington Post highlighted the struggle some departments are having in regards to paying the costs associated with implementing a body-worn camera program. The Post reported that some departments – especially smaller ones – have begun to either delay or outright drop their body-worn camera programs due to the costs associated with the use of them. As technology advances and body-worn cameras have quickly become a standard tool in the law enforcement toolbox, it can be an overwhelming task to find a cost-effective way to implement a body-worn camera program. There are several factors you should consider when deciding to implement body-worn camera technology. But here are some key things to consider that can help your department implement such a program without breaking the bank: Mountains of Data Among the costs associated with body-worn cameras, the cost of managing the thousands of hours of footage produced by these cameras is often...

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Three Insights from The Work Truck Show 2019

March 19, 2019 5:31 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The commercial truck industry is constantly evolving, and that was on full display at The Work Truck Show 2019 put on by the National Truck Equipment Association (NTEA). According to the NTEA, a record 14,256 attendees from 28 countries made their way to Indianapolis on March 5-8 to see the latest and greatest in products and technology for the commercial truck industry. As one of the exhibitors at this year’s show, we had a first-hand look at all of these new advancements. In regards to our industry, here are a few insights I noticed in relation to the mobile video and software market: Dash Cameras One piece of video technology that has exponentially grown in use is the use of dash cameras for commercial vehicles. In a report from Car and Driver Magazine, a spokesperson for the Consumer Technology Association said that 237,000 dash cameras were sold in America in 2017, and sales were estimated at 285,000 units for 2018. Dash cameras continued to be a big draw at this year’s Work Truck Show, and attendees were on the lookout for dash cameras that can do more than just record their drivers and the road. Many conversations about dash cameras...

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Five Steps to Implementing a Successful School Bus Stop-Arm Camera Program

February 14, 2019 4:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When it comes to using video recording systems on school buses to keep students safe, much of the focus is on what’s happening on the bus when it’s moving. But some of the most dangerous moments come when students are getting on and off the bus. In a November 2018 report from School Transportation News, the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASPDTS) reported that during its annual one-day count of incidents of illegal school bus passing throughout the U.S. in 2018, school bus drivers in 38 states recorded 83,944 incidents during that one-day count. Stretch that figure over a 180-day school year and the NASPDTS estimates that as many as 15 million vehicles could be illegally passing school buses in a given year. The issue of keeping students safe while boarding and exiting the school bus continues to draw attention across the country, as NBC News reported that three children in Indiana were recently killed and another was injured when a truck struck them as they crossed the road to board their bus – even after the bus driver had activated the bus stop arm. Tragedies like the one in Indiana have led many districts to...

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