Edesix’s Videobadge 300 – Supplying body worn cameras to the UK fire services
The experts at Edesix, a UK-based market leader in the provision of Body Worn Camera Solutions, say the use of BWCs for identifying best practice is fast becoming fundamental within our emergency services.
Its VB-300 series of Body Worn Cameras, currently being successfully used by West Midlands Fire Services, represents the first generation of WiFi enabled VideoBadges.
With a 130 degree horizontal field of view, day & night recording capability, RFID touch-assign enabled and integrated pre-record function, VB-300 VideoBadges are able to record unrivalled footage of ongoing incidents.
Key Features of the VB-300 include:
- Easy to use: Simply push front button to start and stop recording
- Secure: The video and audio recording is kept securely on the camera with no removable SD card, and data is encrypted
- Bookmarking: Indicate key moments in your recording as they occur, for later review
- Front facing LED: A clear and visible indication that footage is being recorded
- Wide angle lens: Wide angle, 130 degree horizontal field of view
- Audio capture: Standard audio configuration is near field capture with background noise reduction
West Midlands Fire Service
In 2016 Edesix became one of the first BWC providers to supply fire services in the UK. It currently supplies fire-fighters in the West Midlands with BWCs, after a successful trial at ten Birmingham fire stations in 2016. Watch commander Gemma McSweeney said the cameras are helping firefighters gather information to review their responses to incidents
West Midlands Fire Services are also trialling Edesix’s X-100 side-mountable tactical head cameras, which are connected to the VB-300. The X-100 offers automatic rotation of footage, meaning it can be worn on either side of the head without requiring user configuration to rotate footage. It is connected to a VB-300 with a convenient two-part cable for easy removal, which allows a VB-300 to be situated under a uniform or on a belt pocket.
Watch Commanders attending call outs throughout the West Midlands are now equipped with VideoBadges to help share best practice techniques and complement firefighter training, ultimately improving the service’s operations well into the future. Videos and their associated data are managed at each fire station using VideoManager, with important footage forwarded to a central server at the West Midlands Fire Service headquarters. In April 2016, a VideoBadge worn by a Watch Commander attending an emergency call to a gas explosion captured their perspective of the crew tackling the blaze and showed the sheer extent of the damage following the explosion.
Edesix Ltd is a UK manufacturer of Body Worn Camera (BWC) solutions for those in public facing roles, with the aim of helping to improve safety, whilst producing compelling evidence when needed.
Founded in Edinburgh in 2002, the company’s flagship product series, VideoBadge, is a Body Worn Video system, often styled as an ID card holder. Its simple operation, footage encryption and wire-free design make it extremely versatile and suitable for all types of users and applications. Edesix’s VideoManager software solutions enable web-based viewing and editing of incidents, and preparation of evidence packages for sharing with industry partners. The software is designed to control and manage cameras, their footage, and footage from other sources if required, in a simple but highly-efficient and secure manner.
For more information, go to www.edesix.com