Visual Labs, a San Francisco Bay Area-based software company, recently received a FirstNet certification. Now, it’s making a case for smartphones to double as body cameras for police personnel.
Government Technology reported the Visual Labs’ app is now part of the FirstNet App Catalog after passing a stringent vetting process for security, relevancy, data privacy, and scalability.
Visual Labs aims to streamline the number of devices hooked to an officer’s belt or vest by enabling a smartphone to double as a body camera, digital camera, audio recorder, and personal GPS.
According to Visual Labs’ Chief Operating Officer Alexander Popof, the app is hardware-and-carrier-agnostic, compatible with any smartphone that uses Google’s Android operating system, and also eliminates the need for body camera docking stations. Popof added that although Visual Labs is not the only company with a body camera app to be sold on the FirstNet App Catalog, it’s the first to complete the additional review process to become FirstNet-certified.
“Now, using FirstNet, the connectivity will be better, the bandwidth potentially is better, the priority and pre-emption for public safety will make the live streaming more reliable, and potentially faster,” Popof said. “That’s really a function of the FirstNet network.”
Popof stressed that Visual Labs wants to work with law enforcement departments of any size and has already begun partnering with precincts in several states. According to a news release from Samsung, Kit Carson County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado is using Visual Labs’ hardware and software.
“The body camera footage captured via Visual Labs uploads automatically. Our officers don’t have to take any extra steps to connect — everything is streamlined,” said Kit Carson County Sheriff Tom Ridnour. “The combination of software and hardware has made upgrading our officer mobility solution cost-effective and simple. It has truly transformed the way we do our jobs.”
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August 6, 2019