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Why Body-worn Video in Public Safety is Not a ‘Plug-and-Play’ Proposition |

Public Safety
Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand
Motorola Solutions
Why Body-worn Video in Public Safety is Not a ‘Plug-and-Play’ Proposition

Think carefully about existing daily workflows before jumping into new technology, especially when connectivity, data overload and privacy are live issues. Used well, data from the “Internet of Public Safety Things” can make a fundamental difference to the way first responders manage their work.

It’s clear the “Internet of Things” era is not a passing fad. Gartner predicted that 6.4 billion connected “things” surrounded us in 2016, up 30 per cent on the previous year. As this growth rate continues it also contributes to a data deluge. IBM Research found that 98 per cent of the world’s data was created in the last two years alone – a trend that will continue in 2017 and beyond.

While most accept that the growing flood of data means that we are being presented with more information than we need, Australia’s public safety agencies have very distinct needs when it comes to data.

Data can help to provide vital clues to assist with investigations or with managing emergencies, but only if its most relevant parts are presented to first responders and it doesn’t distract them from their daily work.

Digital and multimedia content including CCTV footage, social media feeds, sensors and videos captured on citizens’ smart phones can all form part of the multitude of data sources that make up the “Internet of Public Safety Things”. In public safety, being able to filter and analyse this content and derive meaningful intelligence from it is the key to working more safely and productively while keeping our communities safer.

Body-worn video (BWV) is one technology that can enable better management of data – a technology experiencing a surge in interest among public safety agencies in Australia and globally. Being able to capture and receive data including video while on the go can make a fundamental difference to the way first responders manage their daily work.
Managing workflows in the field instead of travelling back to the station to access IT systems helps to unburden officers from some administrative tasks and enables them to be present in the community where they can have greater impact.
Over time, when BWV is combined with sophisticated software applications including video analytics, it will have a far greater impact on public safety, ultimately helping to enable agencies to predict and prevent events and incidents instead of responding to them.
When recently announcing a tender to provide 8,500 mobile devices for her state’s police force, Victoria Police Minister Lisa Neville said devices such as body-worn video cameras would save officers 30 minutes for every eight-hour frontline shift – the equivalent of 500 FTEs each year.
Although many different types of body-worn technology are expected soon, the key to its applicability will be its ability to integrate within existing systems and operations to support different technology types and to overcome significant challenges related to video usage and storage policies.

Steve Crutchfield

Managing Director, Australia & New Zealand, Motorola Solutions

Steve Crutchfield has responsibility for Motorola Solutions’ Australian and New Zealand business, leading the sales and design, development and delivery of mission-critical communication solutions for government and enterprise customers across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. Steve brings more than 20 years of experience in the information and communications technology sector. He first joined Motorola Solutions Australia in 2007 and ...