Wearable Tech World Feature Article
September 02, 2014

Law Enforcement to Benefit from Live Streaming Body-worn Cameras

A provider of cloud-based surveillance systems announced this week that it has begun working with manufacturers of body-worn cameras to provide live monitoring of law enforcement activities.

Iveda uses its Sentir platform, a software-as-a-service application, to deliver video surveillance functionality through an entirely cloud-based system. Its announcement this week says that the company will be working with camera manufacturers that are located both within the U.S. and internationally to allow its software to properly work with their body-worn devices. Law enforcement officials will then be able to wear such devices when they are in the field, and their offices will be able to monitor their actions live as well as record their actions for later viewings. David Ly, CEO of Iveda, spoke briefly about the company's ability to enhance law enforcement.

"This type of collaboration is a win-win for Iveda and the law enforcement community," Ly said. "We showcase what we do best and we help law enforcement better protect the public."

"With the use of Iveda's Sentir video management platform, these cameras are enabled for live streaming video and instant recording of events to the cloud," Ly continued.

The company's announcement mentioned the aftermath of the recent shooting in Ferguson as a prime example for how body-worn camera could affect the nature of enforcement and investigations of that that type. In such cases, there is often a lot of speculation about how much truth there is to any individuals' statements, and cameras, although they may not be able to provide complete analysis of situations, can help investigations take in more facts and eliminate speculation.

Ly points out the main differentiation between cameras often currently used by law enforcement and the benefits that the Sentir platform offers. It is simply one of live versus postponed viewing. Officers that wear cameras that can only store data locally must download their video after their shifts have ended. With Sentir, events can be viewed in real time, and that offers backup units the possibility of aiding in times of need, and it lends an immediacy to situations that may be of threat to officers or the public.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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