European Antennas Provides Antenna
worn camera and antenna system – full-scale public order training exercise by Kent Police
for Body Worn Video Wireless Solution
Developed by Reveal Media
has designed 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
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.
Body worn camera technology
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 gathering.
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
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
European 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
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
eveal 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
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European Antennas Ltd is part of Cobham Defence Systems