Panasonic Pursues End-User Feedback to Fine-Tune Body-Worn Cameras

The company sought the input of the Brazos County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement departments to tailor its systems according to field-use requirements.

NEWARK, N.J. – Panasonic System Communications Co. of North America, a provider of advanced mobile technology and video evidence solutions, is collaborating with the Brazos County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office in an effort to ensure its Arbitrator body-worn camera and evidence management systems meet the needs of the department.

The Brazos County Sheriff’s Office, which has long used video equipment in its everyday duties, was an early adopter of Panasonic evidence management systems. The department’s experiences have helped to shape what police around the country now consider standard equipment, according to a press release.

“The Arbitrator in-car video and body-worn cameras have become a key staple in keeping our community safe,” says Lt. Thomas L. Randall, Brazos County Office of the Sheriff.  “In 2006, we installed video cameras in our cars. In 2011 we started planning for body-worn cameras and in 2013 we began our body-worn camera beta test with full deployment in 2014.”

Body-worn cameras have become a natural part of sheriff deputy jobs within the department, Randall says. “Having a digital evidence management system that pulls in video from dash cameras and body-worn cameras makes it even easier for our officers.” 

Brazos County, along with other police departments around the country, have shared their experiences using body-worn cameras with Panasonic through feedback in customer forums that involve engineers, manufacturing and product development experts. Feedback has enabled changes to be made in both the hardware and software making body-worn cameras easier to operate for officers and safer for the general public, according to the company.

Among its feature set, the Arbitrator body-worn camera offers HD video; a compact, lightweight and rugged design; and seamless integration with a video evidence management system, according to the company.

“Collaborating with Brazos, as well as our other customers, has made it possible for us to evolve our Arbitrator body-worn cameras to fit the needs of all police officers around the country,” says Greg Peratt, vice president, business security group, Panasonic.

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