Police budget cuts often mean operational activities are put at risk, unless a logical, viable alternative is found. Police helicopters for event surveillance or pursuit are often deemed too expensive for many regions. If costs are an issue, a logical efficiency is to use live-streaming from drones.
Broadcasting drones increase surveillance, at minimal cost. They increase the periphery of vision in the sky and can broadcasting instantaneously to the police control centre. This drone application cost-efficiently covers many police roles in outdoor events, including crowd surveillance and control at large gatherings. Drones can also be used to finding missing people or aid pursuit with a live aerial view.
It costs over £3,000 per hour to fly a SeaKing helicopter, whereas a drone flight is a factor of at least 10 times lower. On acquiring a drone and the ZAO live streaming equipment, the police force could see a financial return on investment within one sortie.
Extra drones flying from a helicopter can increase helicopter crew safety and provide support. By launching drones the police crew are kept at a safe distance, while the drones approach situations, which would be unwise for a helicopter and its crew. These situations could include gunfire, fire or explosives, unsafe buildings and infrastructure. They can also remotely provide first visuals to investigate potentially dangerous situations like bomb alerts or incendiary devices.
Improve covert operations and SWAT safety through intelligent use of mobile infrared broadcasting
Unfortunately we can’t see around corners, through walls, or behind objects, but have you ever considered the possibility of using infra-red? If you have a camera with an infra-red, you can broadcast infra-red images to detect heat given off by a person or object and suddenly your surveillance operations and police safety take a new turn. Your SWAT team and the remote observing control centre can count and locate suspects in a building, before the team enter, dramatically increasing their safety and efficiency.
Critical situations require live and reliable communications
Traditional RF live streaming, which relied on line of sight can restrict coverage and quality can be compromised. By switching to 4G connections with a triple SIM card, working as one unit, this can vastly improve transmissions. Reliability of transmission would become the new standard. It could enable teams to monitor in more remote and isolated/unusual locations, than with traditional filming.
Filming from the sky (drones or helicopters) has proven successful with excellent reception and transmission, with uninterrupted access to 4G.
Improving safety in public spaces
Ever felt you’re being watched? You probably are. Fixed surveillance cameras in public spaces are increasing, but the development is stunted. Effectiveness would be improved by combining with bodycams and broadcasting drones, enabling integration within the crowd and access outside of the limitations of the fixed camera, enabling high-quality filtered sound recordings.
In 2007, the UK spent approximately 20 per cent of its criminal justice budget on video surveillance. The June 2007 attempted terror attacks in Britain reignited discussions of surveillance cameras and their role in the effort to prevent terrorism. This is especially true because Britain has constructed the world’s largest system of video surveillance cameras.
How could Briton leveraged security benefits from the installed CCTV base? Would mobile surveillance, body-cams and live broadcasting from drones increase effectiveness?
Encrypted broadcasting is essential for security purposes
When a police officer wants to visually show a scene or incident, he needs the option to share this with the command centre and no one else. It’s not judicious for a police officer to use Facebook Live streaming of a crime scene! The police force needs private and secure communication tools, ensuring on site footage is for police eyes only. Secure encryption of live feeds, ensures that the footage is safe, unadulterated, admissible in court and fed directly into the secure control centre.
Combining facial recognition with live streaming
European police forces aren’t capturing the full potential of facial recognition software. The missing requirement is HD. Imagine coupling facial recognition into your IT eco system, by using HD broadcast quality filming. Using any HD camera with Soliton’s streaming will enable the picture is broadcast quality. You can then identify suspects, track missing persons, identify criminals with fake ID… the possibilities for quick ID (without the need for fingerprints back at the station), enables your workforce to improve both their efficiency and also their safety, by recognising dangerous offenders on the streets.
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About Soliton Systems: Soliton Systems manufacture a range of mobile video streaming, video encoding and security products. Its flagship products, the Smart-telecaster Zao and Zao-S, is in use by range of broadcast, sports production companies, emergency services and first responders for live mobile video surveillance and outside broadcast.