DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News is the only station to get a look at the second generation cameras before they even hit the market.
A DeKalb County company's CEO told Channel 2’s Dave Huddleston that the cameras will record even if the officer forgets to.
“Some incidents happen and the officer is wearing a body worn camera, but there is no video, because he forgot to push the start button," Bob McKeeman said.
That's the not the case with the Utility Inc. body worn cameras. The first thing you notice, it's not a clip on camera, and it’s embedded in the safety vest.
"There are an awful lot of examples of body worn videos that are off in the sky or down on the ground, and not really collecting the evidence,” Bob McKeeman said.
The camera can collect evidence if the officer starts running, his heart rate picks up, even when he makes a traffic stop like what happened with Walter Scott in South Carolina.
"When the officer got out of the car for the traffic stop, it would have started automatically,” McKeeman said.
The body worn camera cost roughly the same as current cameras that are on the market, between $500 and $1,000 per camera. But the new model camera does so much more.
“The device is smart enough to know when to start recording and when to upload the data and when to associate with an in car system as well,” said Simon Araya,
vice president of Technology for Utility Inc.
Dispatchers can also set up hot zones and all cameras within a certain area will automatically record.
"It's protecting the public. It’s protecting the police officer and when you consider the cost of a situation like Ferguson, it’s a far better investment," McKeeman said.
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