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Department of corrections installs cameras on transport vans

May 21, 2015

Channel 2 Action News got exclusive access Thursday to new cameras being added to jail transport vans.

Atlanta jail officials said it will give a clear account of what happens while suspects are riding with officers.
 
Channel 2’s Erin Coleman looked on Thursday as technicians install what will be a first for a metro Atlanta law enforcement agency cameras in transport vans.
 
“We want to increase public trust,” said Atlanta Department of Corrections Chief Pat Labat.

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Discrete Police Body-Cam Aims to Reduce Crime

May 20, 2015

Should local police wear and use a body camera at all times?

That’s the debate many police departments are having after riots broke out in Baltimore in April. Last year, unrest in Ferguson led to continuing racial tensions. Yet, for one company, a camera pointed toward a criminal is also a protective measure for the public at large.

BodyWorn by Utility is a new device currently being tested by police departments in private trials in the U.S. The device — a Motorola Moto X phone-running video recording software that ties into a police department back-end server — is integrated into an officer’s protective vest. (It’s a magnetic locking compartment that is not affected by pulling or jostling.) Neither criminals nor police officers can remove the camera to potentially destroy evidence.

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BodyWorn, the police-worn camera that aims to reduce crime

May 19, 2015

BodyWorn by Utility is a new device currently being tested by police departments in private trials in the U.S. The device — a Motorola Moto X phone-running video recording software that ties into a police department back-end server — is integrated into an officer’s protective vest. (It’s a magnetic locking compartment that is not effected by pulling or jostling.) Neither criminals nor police officers can remove the camera to potentially destroy evidence.

In fact, criminals may not even notice the camera. The video streams to a server in the cloud when the officer starts running (thanks to an accelerometer that detects motion). If an officer arrives on a scene, turns on the lights and sirens, and then opens the door, the camera will start recording immediately. Those at the police station can also start a recording.

It’s a crime deterrent because the cameras can collect evidence automatically, something that will make criminals think twice. Last year, the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology found that body-worn cameras can reduce crime by 50 percent. A police force in Mesa, Arizona conducted a similar study and found that complaints against the police went down for officers who wore the camera — by about two-thirds compared to those without a camera.

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Utility's BodyWorn Police Camera Integrates The Moto X Gen 2 With A Cop's Gear And Is Brilliant

May 15, 2015

Good tech changes our lives, great tech changes our culture. During touchy situations between police and civilians knowing exactly what happened is cause for constant dispute. Enter body cameras, which provide an instant replay benefitting both parties involved. That is, unless, the camera gets knocked off in combat or does not provide clear video. This is why Utility's use of the 2nd gen Moto X in its BodyWorn camera is an important step in the progress of body camera technology.

Why police departments are moving to the cloud - Saving money is prime motivator

May 11, 2015

Yes, saving money is a key consideration, says Randy Gaines, a senior project manager for Decatur, Ga.-based Utility Associates and a retired NYPD detective (photo at right). “The cloud will play a major role in modern policing by offloading the cost and risk of running a highly secure and backed-up video storage system. He explains: “Cloud-based storage can provide automatic data replication across multiple data centers, and often costs less when compared to the fully loaded cost of hardware, software, 24x7 support staff, cybersecurity software and support staff required when a police department runs its own internal video data storage.” A setup through a cloud provider, Gaines adds, can help ensure dependable disaster recovery capability.

Connected World magazine Announces IoT Innovations Winners

May 5, 2015

Some of the most transformative startups and multinational corporations are doing new things in the IoT (Internet of Things) marketplace. In response to this growth in the space, Connected World magazine today named the winners of the inaugural IoT Innovations Awards. Utility's BodyWorn was one of the winners. 

More police departments headed to the cloud

May 4, 2015

Cloud-based and cloud-delivered data and video can be crucial in keeping officers aware of risks and danger, says Randy Gaines, a senior project manager for Decatur, Ga.-basedUtility Associates and a retired NYPD detective. “The ability to send real-time BOLO’s (BeOn the Look Out alerts) from a cloud-based system to and from a line officer(s) is a very valuable capability.

“Storing BOLO alert data in the cloud means it is available to one or all police officers in the field immediately, and to any police officer who later comes on duty and wants to know about recent BOLO alerts,” Gaines tells American City & County. He adds that the cloud aids in collaboration. “Cloud-based data storage provides the capability of being able to share video and other data between public safety agencies.”

Utility Associates provides critical mobile communications connectivity hardware and software systems.

Firms showcase products aimed at boosting border security

April 22, 2015

Utility Inc. showed off its second-generation BodyWorn cameras, which include near-real-time video and audio capture and GPS technology.

“It’s unique and different from the other systems that are out there on the market since it provides real-time triggers for video recording,” said Anthony Baldoni, a company spokesman. “Dispatch can create a hot zone where as soon as a body camera enters that parameter it will turn on and start recording.”

With police use of body cameras generating headlines of late, Utility sees a need for them along the border as well.

“There are some real-world use cases for that with the different sensors and things they have out there they could go in and build those action zones and essentially as a Border Patrol agent enters those action zones the cameras would turn on automatically,” Baldoni said.

Article: 9th Annual Border Security Expo Focuses on camera-tech

April 21, 2015

With recent events throughout the country, wearable body camera companies also showcased their devices. Utility is a vendor that makes a special vest called the Body Worn. When on an agent, a camera in the vest allows real-time video monitoring. The camera can also be controlled from a remote location, so individual agents or officers cannot turn it on or off.

"Through our software interface the dispatcher can go in and drop a hot zone around this area through a satellite overview in Google Maps. As (the wearer) enters into that zone, the (camera) automatically turns on and start recording," explained Anthony Baldoni, Vice President of Corporate Operation of Utility.

Read more: http://www.kpho.com/story/28863525/9th-annual-border-security-expo-focuses-on-camera-tech#ixzz3Y9HlTims

VIDEO: 9th Annual Border Security Expo focuses on camera-tech

April 21, 2015

Border security technology is on display at the Phoenix Convention Center. 

Video: Border and Security Expo at Phoenix Convention Center

April 21, 2015

Fox 10's Syleste Rodriguez checks out the Border and Security Expo at Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Utility, Inc. exhibited at the 2015 Border Security Expo

April 21-22, 2015

Phoenix, AZ

Booth #801

Utility, Inc. will be exhibiting at the 2015 AJA Expo (American Jail Association)

April 19-21, 2015

Charlotte, NC

Booth #230

 

Exhibitor Showcase Briefing

The Ultimate Witness - Generation 2 BodyWorn Cameras

Tuesday, April 21st at 11:30am

 

Channel 2 gets exclusive look at new police body cameras

April 13, 2015

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.

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.

"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.

Federal Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal of Digital Ally’s Lawsuit against Utility

March 10, 2015

Utility, the industry leader in Critical Connectivity and Mobile Video for First Responders, announced the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed the April 2014 dismissal of a Digital Ally, Inc. (DGLY) lawsuit against Utility.

Utility attended Distributech in San Diego, CA

Feb. 3-5, 2015

San Diego, CA

Booth #3535

Delegate Lunch Sponsor

It's 2015: There is plenty of interest in police body cameras

January 13, 2015

Government Product News got the views of Bob McKeeman, CEO and chairman of Utility Associates, on trends in body-worn cameras used in law enforcement.

CEO Robert McKeeman at SmartRail

January 12, 2015

CEO Robert McKeeman talking at SmartRail 2014 about fast and secure connectivity in buses and trains. 

Police privacy law complicates plan for body cameras

January 9, 2015

A 1979 ordinance forbidding police from collecting data of a religious, political or sexual nature has gotten more press lately. What does it mean for the body worn video program?

How Law Enforcement Can Avail of Wearable Technology

January 6, 2015

Bob McKeeman, CEO, Utility, discusses his company’s, body-worn cameras and their uses for law-enforcement officers.

Older workforce looks to train in-field technicians with wearables

January 6, 2015

Two of the biggest shifts affecting industries that require on-site technicians are an aging workforce and the advent of wearables. While seemingly disparate, there is an overlap in these trends that has created some new markets and uses for wearables.

Three in Four Americans Believe Police Officers Should Not Decide When to Manually Start or Stop Recording on Body-Worn Cameras

December 29, 2014

According to results from the American Sentiment toward Police Body-Worn Cameras national survey, an overwhelming majority of Americans do not want individual police officers to determine when to record using body-worn cameras. When asked if it should be left up to the police officer to decide when to manually Start or Stop body-worn camera video recording, 82 percent of Black, 77 percent of White and 74 percent of Hispanic respondents answered No.

NOPD still not properly investigating uses of force, federal monitors say

December 24, 2014

Three years after the U.S. Justice Department found that the New Orleans Police Department failed to properly investigate officers' uses of force, a new report by federal monitors says those problems persist.

Why Businesses And Cities Will Be The Largest Adopters Of The 'Internet of Things'

December 23, 2014

In a few years, the Internet of Things will become the largest device market in the world. 

The Internet of Things or IoT is often associated with home automation products like Philips Hue light bulbs or the Nest Thermostat. But we expect the majority of growth to come from less glamorous devices and sensors that will be used by businesses and cities to monitor and control technology systems remotely. 

 

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/business-and-cities-will-adopt-iot-devices-2014-12#ixzz3OcRm2dkL

Now is the time for utilities to look at wearable tech

December 21, 2014

The utilities industry is undergoing a major revolution—digital technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) are enabling a smarter grid and a renewed focus on the customer. While wearable devices are a fairly new entry into this technology ecosystem, they offer utilities promising opportunities to make operations more efficient and to increase customer satisfaction.

President's Task Force To Re-Examine How Police Interact With Public

December 16, 2014

Earlier this month, after the events in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y, the White House announced the creation of what it's calling a Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

The group's job is to find ways to strengthen the relationship between police and the public, and to share recommendations with the president by late February.

Use body cameras, under right rules

December 15, 2014

Our country is now having a much-needed conversation about racial profiling, constitutional policing, and how to hold officers accountable for the violation of rights, all stemming from a number of recent high-profile cases where law enforcement used excessive force that resulted in the death of a suspect.

These systemic problems seem overwhelming, but one concrete and important step should be implemented as soon as possible: body worn cameras for officers.


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/op-ed/article4501031.html#storylink=cpy

Body Cameras Worn by Police Officers Are No 'Safeguard of Truth.' Experts Say

December 6, 2014

Michael Brown’s family, on the night of the Ferguson grand jury decision, called for all police in the United States to wear body cameras.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, in announcing that some of New York’s police officers would begin wearing them, said “body cameras are one of the ways to create a real sense of transparency and accountability.”

And on Monday, President Obama said he would request $75 million in federal funds to distribute 50,000 body cameras to police departments nationwide, saying they would improve police relations with the public.

But even as departments have started adopting the technology, questions remain about how much it can actually prevent violent encounters with citizens or clarify the boundaries of appropriate police response.

Police officer fired for refusing to turn on body cam

December 3, 2014

The idea of putting body-worn cameras on police officers has spread since protests and unrest following the shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. Earlier this week, the Obama administration proposed federal funding to get 50,000 more officers equipped with the cameras.

The increased use of cameras makes a few policy questions around them more pressing. One such question: what happens when a police officer fails—or straight-up refuses—to turn on the body camera?

Taser, rival think their body cameras could have helped in Ferguson

November 25, 2014

A St. Louis County grand jury’s decision Monday not to indict a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., over the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager has led to demonstrations around the nation. The lack of camera footage means no one knows for sure exactly what happened when the controversial shooting took place. Would better technology have helped? Taser thinks so.

Of course, Taser is not the only company looking to capitalize on the increased focus on police technology. Utility Inc., based in Tucker, Ga., has been making wireless routers that are used in cars for years. Recently, though, it has brought to market an on-body camera that’s similar to Taser’s Axon.

No shortage of tech solutions at IACP

November 19, 2014

A standout product from Utility in the world of body-worn cameras seemed to tick all of the boxes that both officers and command staff would want in a product. Their product features an accelerometer that would activate based on movement, as well as being wired to activate on several other events, managed by the ‘brains’ of the operation, a small box in the trunk that not only ran the camera system, but also contained the inner workings of many of the internal public safety features of the patrol car.

Utility's BodyWorn LEO Camera Is Voice-Activated

November 12, 2014

Body cameras are becoming more and more popular among police officers to document events in the field.

Utility has just released the industry’s first voice-activated, fully-secure officer worn camera: the BodyWorn. Not only is BodyWorn equipped with high-resolution video, internal GPS and real-time connectivity, video is immediately uploaded to the video or to cloud storage. No waiting until the end of the shift to manually upload video, instead, video is immediately available to supervisors and central dispatch.

Law enforcement arms itself with Dell rugged technology

November 12, 2014

At the Dell World Expo Hall one of the more crowded areas was the Dellpolice car. 

Just about a week before the opening of Dell World, an Atlanta-based solution provider named Utility Inc. announced a partnership with Dell Inc. that will see the hardware vendor develop rugged mobility solutions for the law enforcement marketplace.

Utility specializes in connectivity and mobile video for first responders and their flagship product is the cloud-based AVaiL Web and the Witness Generation 2 Bodyworn Camera.

High-Speed Policing

November 3, 2014

The rapid spread of devices and databases sharing data via high-speed 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) wireless networks is leading to a revolution in police access to information.

Utility, a company that makes body-worn cameras (a product line called “BodyWorn”) was hawking a new line that can live-stream to central command and automatically pairs footage with GPS and an accelerometer.

Despite fears by officers and civilians that such cameras could violate privacy rights or complicate policing, Robert McKeeman, Co-Founder of Utility, said there’s no stopping the soon-to-be ubiquity of cameras in policing.

Utility Launches CORE

October 31, 2014

Utility, www.utility.com, is making its way into the IoT (Internet of Things) industry with some key products and a newly announced partnership. Utility, a leader in critical connectivity for first responders, has unveiled the CORE vehicle server which combines its 4G/LTE wireless router technology with solid-state storage and digital ports for telemetry and accessories, including HD-IP digital video cameras.

Utility unveils all-in-one in-car router and DVR for G2 body cams

October 26, 2014

Utility Inc. is displaying the new CORE in-car combination 4G LTE wireless router and DVR for the Generation 2 body-worn camera at the IACP conference.

CORE takes the preexisting technologies of video recording and wireless internet access and combines them into one compact device, to free up space in squads and provide 120 GB of storage.

Utility took the features of the Rocket — a rugged Wi-Fi mobile hotspot for universal communications — and applied them to what is now the all-in-one CORE system.

Mobile Industry on the Move October 25

October 25, 2014

Dell entered into partnership with Utility to expand its Rugged Mobility solutions. Dell will begin selling Utility's cloud-based AVaiL Web mobile Internet of Things (IoT) software as a service (SaaS), as well as two new products—the Utility Ultimate Witness Generation 2 Bodyworn Camera and the CORE Video Recorder Wireless Router.

"Future Dell products will be integrated with Utility's AVaiL Web IoT cloud-based software to provide situational awareness and safety for jobs that include first responders, utility field crews, oil and gas industry professionals and public transit operators," said Ed Chun, Dell Rugged Product and Solutions Strategy Manager.

Utility to debut CORE vehicle server for police in-car connectivity

October 24, 2014

Utility is all set to launch a new device – the CORE vehicle server – that combines Utility’s 4G LTE wireless router technology with solid-state storage and digital ports for telemetry and accessories, including HD IP digital video cameras. The CORE will debut on October 26, 2014, at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference.

“The CORE vehicle server is a game changer for police in-car connectivity and video storage, and it is the heart of the police car Evidence EcoSystem. In developing this new technology, we sought to drastically reduce costs for agencies while increasing video quality, storage, connectivity and reliability. Integrating all the necessary features into one unit simplifies installation and saves space in a police car.” – Ted Davis, President of Utility

Dell gets into mobile Internet of Things through new partnership

October 23, 2014

Utility Inc., an Atlanta-based solution provider who specializes in connectivity and mobile video for first responders, has entered into a partnership with Dell Inc. that will see the hardware vendor develop rugged mobility solutions.

Utility to Launch New CORE Vehicle Server

October 23, 2014

Utility, the industry leader in Critical Connectivity and Mobile Video for First Responders, will launch a new device – the CORE vehicle server – that combines Utility’s 4G LTE wireless router technology with solid-state storage and digital ports for telemetry and accessories, including HD IP digital video cameras.

Utility Announces Partnership with Dell

October 22, 2014

Utility, the industry leader in Critical Connectivity and Mobile Video for First Responders, today announced it has entered into a partnership with Dell for Rugged Mobility solutions.

Wearable Cameras for Law Enforcement Enhance Evidence Collection

October 15, 2014

Wearable cameras have recently taken center stage as a silver bullet for mediating law enforcement officer’s (LEO’s) operations in the field. Demand for cameras has reached a fever pitch coinciding with media coverage surrounding events like the Ferguson, MO protests.

Studies show that when officers come into contact with the public, wearable cameras have a positive effect on behavior all around. When integrated properly, cameras offer citizens and LEO’s a fair and accurate representation of the events. However, if an agency fails to do its homework or properly train officers on the new platform, inefficiencies and abuse can crop up.

Examining IoT in Public Safety

October 9, 2014

As Bob McKeeman, CEO of Utility, www.utility.com, a provider of mobile resource management solutions, says, the connected world and the IoT (Internet of Things) is coming to public safety. Thanks to M2M and connected devices that can collect realtime data, such as body-worn video cameras used by public-safety professionals, it’s possible to create a so-called “evidence ecosystem” that, as McKeeman describes, encourages citizens “to be on their best behavior.”

Utility Releases White Paper on Generation 2 Body-Worn Cameras

October 2, 2014

Utility Associates, Inc., the industry leader in Critical Connectivity and Mobile Video for First Responders, today announced the publication of a white paper on the issues faced by law enforcement agencies regarding body-worn cameras.

Video A Growing Part of Internet of Things Technology

September 4, 2014

According to Robert McKeeman, CEO of Atlanta-based Utility Associates Inc., the Internet of Things has different definitions, depending on the point of view and the type of data. Some people define it as small devices talking to one another with simple messages, like a thermostat or telemetry equipment at a drilling rig site, such as a drilling pump or separation equipment. But McKeeman also includes video as one of the solutions available through Internet of Things technologies. - See more at: http://www.rigzone.com/news/oil_gas/a/134742/Video_A_Growing_Part_of_Internet_of_Things_Technology/?all=HG2#sthash.VjboVwg3.dpuf

Atlanta Tech Edge featuring Bob McKeeman from Utility

August 24, 2014

You may remember the movie Minority Report, now Atlanta-based Utility is using their technology to help police departments across the nation predict crimes. 

 

Northern District of Georgia Hears Patent Dispute Erupts Over Mobile Digital Recording Devices

August 6, 2014

Utility Associates, Inc. (“Utility”), a Delaware corporation with a place of business in Tucker, Georgia, filed a patent infringement action on June 12, 2014, against Digital Ally Inc. (“Digital”), a Nevada corporation operating out of Lenexa, Kansas relating to United States Patent No. 6,831,556 (the ‘556 Patent) entitled “Composite Mobile Digital Information System,” which issued on December 14, 2004. In the Technical Field paragraph the patentee described the system as follows: “In particular, the present invention is directed to a system for use in public and commercial vehicles to capture video, audio, and related information for surveillance and evidentiary purposes.”

Patent Dispute Erupts Over Mobile Digital Recording Devices

August 6, 2014

Utility Associates, Inc. (“Utility”), a Delaware corporation with a place of business in Tucker, Georgia, filed a patent infringement action on June 12, 2014, against Digital Ally Inc. (“Digital”), a Nevada corporation operating out of Lenexa, Kansas relating to United States Patent No. 6,831,556 (the ‘556 Patent) entitled “Composite Mobile Digital Information System,” which issued on December 14, 2004. In the Technical Field paragraph the patentee described the system as follows: “In particular, the present invention is directed to a system for use in public and commercial vehicles to capture video, audio, and related information for surveillance and evidentiary purposes.”

Utility Granted U.S. Patent 8,781,475 for Automatic Cellular Communications Connectivity Methodology

July 28, 2014

U.S. Patent 8,781,475 was awarded to Utility for the location database system and method that automatically switches cellular data communications in Rocket wireless vehicle routers from 3G to 4G LTE mode whenever a vehicle travels into an area where reliable 4G LTE cellular connectivity is available.

Blair hits ground running at Utility Associates

May 30, 2014

Jason Blair is credited with jumping into a new job with both feet and making an immediate impact on operations and profitability.

Blair, vice president and chief financial officer at Utility Associates Inc., took top honors in the Small Private Company category of the 2014 CFO of the Year Awards sponsored by Atlanta Business Chronicle in partnership with the Association for Corporate Growth Atlanta chapter.

SELF-AWARENESS TO BEING WATCHED AND SOCIALLY-DESIRABLE BEHAVIOR: A FIELD EXPERIMENT ON THE EFFECT OF BODY-WORN CAMERAS ON POLICE USE-OFFORCE

March 2013

The Rodney King story is a potent reminder about the enormous power that police officers haveand how it can sometimes be abused. That was the case of an African-American who was repeatedly beaten by Los Angeles police officers, and was arguably the impetus for the 1992 Los Angeles riots. TheKing incident signifies just how disproportionate use-of -force could shutter the reputation of the policeand lead into social cataclysm. Importantly, there are still somewhat similar cases taking place, despitebefforts to stop such behavior through better training and prosecution of rogue officers. Are these incidentsunavoidable?