Wireless In-Car Cameras: The Ugly Truth

Our in-car camera systems completely integrate with our body cameras and Evidence Management System to become a complete end-to-end video solution for your agency. Although we offer wireless in-car cameras, our experience tells us that’s not yet the way to go.

Wi-Fi Offload:

police car wirelessly offloading videos to the police department

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 offloading is not reliable. This is why we recommend manual offloading. That means officers have to bring the memory card into the station and dock it into the Evidence Management System. Since the officer will be docking his body camera to the Evidence Management System anyway, this will be a simple, faster, and more reliable process.

The challenge with WiFi is that you’ll need to set up a strong WiFi extender at the parking lot. 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 internet access and data transfers. Your bandwidth will probably be 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.

mini mdvr in-car system

For a successful wireless offloading system to work, it’s better to have a dedicated wireless network for the In-car systems. However, this will add extra costs, especially if you’re uploading to the cloud. That means your dedicated internet line needs to have a very high bandwidth.

Manually transferring files via a memory card is still the fastest and most reliable way to offload video. Since officers have to come in to dock their body cameras, they might as well dock the memory cards, too. Just like our body cameras, the memory cards of our wireless in-car camera systems are encrypted. That means nobody can access or delete those files, giving you the confidence that your chain of custody stays intact.

Click here to learn more about our newest in-car camera system, the Mini MDVR.

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