The consumer market has seen a dramatic uptake in wearable technology over recent years, and in the security market we are seeing a similar trend. Body-worn cameras are becoming must-have accessories for police forces and private security companies the world over, with numerous studies showing their efficiency in reducing crime and unwanted conduct, both from the public and the police.
As in all surveillance operations, body-worn camera products do not only depend on the devices themselves, but also on the communications technologies, the storage, the mechanism for downloading and working with the video data, and most importantly, the people involved.
Local designer and manufacturer Secutel Technologies, says that in their experience in the South African market, both private security companies and government organisations are excited about bodycam technology and clearly see the potential benefits, but have not been willing to make investments to take full advantage of this technology as yet.
- More cost-effective evidence collection.
- Protection for the public against rogue officers.
- Protection for officers as it helps them justify their actions.
- Improved procedure compliance and service.
- Photos / videos are sent to the control room immediately.
- Device definition and monitoring of login times & on-line status remotely.
- The facial recognition & detection function collects faces at sites, events & buildings. The unit will inform the control room about ‘people of interest’.
- Remote monitoring from the SecuTraq platform. View connectivity status (GSM status & GPS status), battery levels and request photos / videos.
- Route planning is easy with the SecuTraq platform. Pre-plan the exact route to be patrolled via virtual waypoints throughout the site.
- Site & geo-fence definition to define a site, manage late arrivals and early abscondments.
- The time & attendance schedule synchronises guard tour operations in real-time. Including the ability to collect, organise, view and store comprehensive data for audit purposes.
- Standard operating procedures can be defined for each type of event.
- Photos, videos and events are stored securely in the Cloud.
According to Secutel, merely recording video footage or taking snapshots for off-line viewing after the event only as most body-cams do, is not good enough.
Secutel launched their new Secutraq Security Workforce platform earlier this year (At Securex in Johannesburg and IFSEC in London), where they confirmed that their solution is the only one that can offer cost-effective real-time interaction between the unit in the field and the control room for:
- GPS tracking.
- Snapshot and video availability for immediate verification and action.
- Handling of voice and data communication over GSM.
A complete integrated guard management platform
SecuTraq takes the familiar components of a guard tour & patrol management system such as: checkpoints, reports, incident management and leverages technology to provide an easy-to-use completely integrated guard management platform.
The SecuTraq platform supports the Secutel All-in-One Body-cams worn by security guards or smartphones with the SecuTraq App installed. The Secutraq platform is available as Software as a Service (SaaS) which can synchronise your guard tour management operations in real-time. Using our technology, you will be able to collect, organise, and store comprehensive data about your guard tour and patrol operations.
By using the SecuTraq platform, one will also be able to access analytics in the Cloud such as: facial recognition (with protection of privacy) with automated facial collection and recognition for the identification of ‘persons of interest’.
This enables the monitoring control room to make informed decisions and dispatch reaction teams only when required. This information effectively and efficiently improves the management and operations of the guarding service provider, improving productivity and performance of the organisation utilising the SecuTraq platform.