Nothing is ever easy in the world of law enforcement. The police need the flexibility and tools to do their job and fight crime, and the public needs to be protected and assured the police are best serving every single member of the community. This often causes a dichotomy when addressing new tools and techniques designed to facilitate evidence capture, forensic investigation and prosecution. One of the most prolific and effective tools to accomplish these tasks has been video. Ironically, video’s irrefutable ability to capture and identify individuals has also created personal privacy concerns.
Body-worn cameras and in-car video surveillance systems have been in use by law enforcement agencies for several years with great results. Footage captured by these cameras is being used to document incidents, identify perpetrators, secure prosecutions and more. And as body-worn camera and in-car video cameras continue to improve, challenges related to battery life, physical size and performance continue to erode, if not be eliminated completely.
Yet video cameras are just one critical component in the sophisticated mobile video solutions available today. Powerful evidence management software solutions and analytics harness the data captured by a new generation of body-worn cameras to provide an air-tight chain of evidence. One such development is the use of new facial recognition software to quickly identify known and wanted individuals by almost instantly matching their faces against various watchlists and databases. This provides law enforcement personnel with the ability to quickly search vast banks of recorded footage for suspects, known individuals of interest (such as registered sex offenders), and wanted criminals. Additionally, powerful new AI-driven analytics such as video redaction are available to help protect individuals’ privacy by blurring the faces of individuals who are not the subject of investigations but may have been captured in video footage. This helps ensure that innocent people are shielded if video is released to the public to help track suspects, and from the courts when video is submitted for evidence. Video redaction and other masking capabilities are important tools now available to law enforcement professionals that allow them to leverage the power of video while maintaining the highest levels of social responsibility.
Panasonic i-PRO continues to remain at the forefront of mobile video system solutions employing the best in imaging hardware and AI-driven software technologies. And we will continue to work with law enforcement professionals to deliver the solutions they need to better protect the public, while protecting individuals’ privacy. For more information, please visit https://publicsafety.i-pro.com/