Police in-car cameras have been around for a while, but only recently companies started integrating them with body-worn cameras and evidence management software. This integration creates a thorough, easy-to-use system, known as a Total Solution. These solutions allow users to wirelessly connect video recording devices in order to save officers precious time while making sure they don’t forget to turn their cameras on when under stressful situations.
Our In-car camera systems completely integrate with our body cameras and Evidence Management Software to become a complete end-to-end video solution for your agency.
Our In-car systems do offer wireless offloads via Wi-Fi but our experience and feedback from customers of our competitors show that Wi-Fi offload is not reliable. This is why we recommend manual offloading, which means the officer has to bring the encrypted memory card in from the patrol car and dock it into the Evidence Management System. Since the officer will be docking his body camera to the Evidence Management System anyways, this will be a simple, faster, and more reliable process.
The challenge with Wi-Fi is that you’ll need to set up a very strong Wi-Fi extender at the parking lot where the patrol cars are parked. Depending on how far away your patrol cars are parked, signal strength will vary and a weak signal will result in extremely long upload times.
If you intend to use your current wireless network connection, then be prepared for slow data transfers and slow internet access throughout all the PC’s in your department as bandwidth is maxed out, especially when multiple patrol cars are uploading videos at the same time. If you’re offloading to the cloud, expect internet access throughout your entire department to be frustratingly slow.
For a successful wireless offloading system to work, it's better to have a dedicated wireless network solely for the In-car systems. However, this will add extra costs, especially if you're uploading to the cloud as you’ll need a separate dedicated internet line with very high bandwidth.
Manual Docking of the memory cards taken from the In-car systems is the most reliable and fastest way to offload video.
Since your officers will be coming in to dock their body cameras anyways, they might as well dock the memory cards, too.
Just like our body cameras, the memory cards of our In-car camera systems are encrypted and can not be accessed or deleted, giving you the confidence that your chain of custody stays intact.
Not every department can afford to purchase body cameras and in-car cameras, and when that’s the case, they have to cut corners. Cutting corners, in this situation, usually means going for a cheaper brand or purchasing a reliable body camera that also works as an in-car solution. Needless to say, the first alternative is never recommended, as more affordable products are, of course, made with cheaper parts, which means they’ll break down more often, needing to be replaced more frequently. The second option, on the other hand, is widely used and recommended for departments on a low budget. Although it’s not as good as having a two-camera system, it gets the job done for a more affordable price. In this article, we are gonna tackle the pros and cons of using a body camera as an in-car camera.