New ‘Holster Aware‘ feature starts recording automatically when weapon is drawn
02/06/2021 — CHICAGO — (BUSINESS WIRE)
Motorola Solutions today announced that Malta Police Force has deployed Motorola Solutions’ VB400 body-worn cameras to all frontline officers across the Republic of Malta. The roll out is part of Malta Police Force’s transformation strategy which aims to modernize the police force while increasing trust and transparency with the community.
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The five-year service contract for the comprehensive video solution includes evidence management software to process captured video footage securely and the new Holster Aware feature which allows the camera to automatically start recording if a weapon is unholstered.
“Every day, these body-worn cameras will capture evidence, deliver transparency and increase the efficiency of our workflows,” said Malta Police Commissioner Angelo Gafà. “In high-stress situations – which our officers often face – this technology will capture critical footage of what’s happening on the scene without impacting our officers’ focus or attention.”
Integrated with the VB400 cameras, the new Bluetooth-activated Holster Aware sensor detects if an officer removes their weapon from its holster and automatically activates the officer’s body-worn camera to start recording. When this occurs, the body-worn cameras of officers in close proximity will also activate, providing a holistic view of the situation from multiple perspectives. As part of the agency’s workflow, the video footage will be directly uploaded, securely stored and organized using Motorola Solutions’ VideoManager evidence management software.
“Malta Police joins police agencies around the world in adopting our integrated body-worn video and cloud-based evidence management solution to increase transparency and allow police officers to focus on keeping communities safe,” said Michael Kaae, regional vice president of Europe.
Motorola Solutions’ VB400 body-worn cameras are widely adopted by frontline emergency teams including the National Police in France, Belgium Police, Romanian Police, Romanian Border Police and multiple police forces across the U.K..
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