European Antennas Provides Antenna
worn camera and antenna system – full-scale public order training exercise
by Kent PoliceEuropean Antennas
for Body Worn Video Wireless Solution
Developed by Reveal Media and Domo
a light weight, directional antenna (model DHDA-2.4V/1448) for integration
within the Body Worn Video Wireless Solution developed by Reveal Media
and Domo. The antenna and camera, with four live video feeds and GPS
system, is mounted on the helmet, and data is transmitted to a central
command centre. This system provides the Police with a real-time situation
overview, plus front line and close-up images. There is the additional
benefit of logging and recording live video for an alternative or complementary
evidence gathering system.
First used by Avon & Somerset
Police foot patrol and mounted officers at Glastonbury Festival, this
time Kent Police carried out a full-scale public order training exercise
with officers facing petrol bombs and other missiles.
Kent Police tested the Body Worn Video Wireless
Solution to determine whether the equipment would withstand the harsh,
sometimes violent environment of front line patrol to establish the
level of improvements the system would make to decision making and evidence
For the exercise, four digital links from helmet-mounted
cameras beamed live video and GPS positions, direct to a command centre.
Information on the level of hostility being faced would enable support
to be deployed to the right place, at the right time. The cameras
and antennas were fitted to the officers’ public order helmets and other
related equipment was worn beneath body armour
so that officers could be ‘hands-free’.
After the exercise,
officers wearing the equipment advised that it did not affect their
mobility. Kent Police reported that image quality was acceptable.
Chief Inspector Bob Platt, programme manager on the force’s innovations
board, reported that even when officers were running with shields there
was little degradation on transmitted images. Transmission was
reliable and Kent Police are planning to pursue the technology.
HOW THE TECHNOLOGY WORKS
Reveal Media and
Domo have developed the Wireless Body Worn Video System for viewing
and managing multiple live feeds from body worn cameras, with the ability
to handle large quantities of recorded evidence and other media.
Live video feeds are logged by Reveal Media’s M3 Multimedia Management
software and evidence from solid state video recorders is managed by
Reveal Media’s Camera Archive and Management System (CARMA). CARMA has
been purchased by the Police of Cleveland, Hampshire, Humberside, Kent,
MET, Staffs and Surrey. Live GPS data is mapped onto Google Earth
maps using the Mapper tool. GPS ensures an officer’s position
can be constantly monitored so that, when combined with live camera
feeds, a situation overview is created. Adrian Coombs of
Avon and Somerset Constabulary said that command can see and hear everything
happening at the scene, helping the officer in charge to direct resources;
‘it is like having an extra pair of eyes on the street’. The system
will be useful for evidence gathering during public order situations,
football matches and firearms incidents and it could be a deterrent
to offenders and a reassurance to the public.
The antenna’s high
specification and rugged construction ensures constant and reliable
operation during the harshest of applications. The total weight of the
antenna (model DHDA-2.4V/1448), cable and splitter is just 95 grams
(3.3 ounces). ABOUT EUROPEAN ANTENNAS
Antennas Ltd specialises in the development and manufacture of antennas
within 250MHz and 40GHz that are used worldwide in defence, security,
satellite and commercial applications. European Antennas has ISO
9001 certification and is part of Cobham Defence Electronic Systems.
Domo is a leading designer of wireless communication
technologies with products used by law enforcement and military customers
worldwide. Domo is part of the Cobham Avionics and Surveillance
Division.ABOUT REVEAL MEDIA
Ltd develops enterprise level solutions for managing multimedia.
Innovation technology focuses on alleviating the growing burden of digitizing,
storing and distributing media. Pamela Cornell
European Antennas Ltd
Lambda House, Cheveley
Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 9RG, UK
DD +44 (0)1638 732152
Fax +44 (0)1638
European Antennas Ltd is part of Cobham Defence Systems