August 13, 2018

Digital Impacts of Body Worn Cameras: Using a Smartphone as an “All-in-One” Device

Watch as Alexander Popof, Chief Operating Officer of Visual Labs, Inc. describes the many challenges organizations need to address in their adoption of Body Worn Cameras (BWCs).  See how, through the use of an organization’s smartphones, they can avoid the traditional high costs associated with the procurement of single-purpose, proprietary hardware.

As CATAAlliance’s newest member seeking to advance the public safety mandate, Visual Labs, Inc. ( describes itself as The body camera company that does not make body cameras.  The company is committed to helping Canadian public safety agencies realize many additional benefits of BWCs while avoiding the significant investments typically involved in purchasing cameras and docking stations.

As described in this 8-minute briefing with CATAAlliance Chief Business Officer, Kevin Wennekes, Mr. Popof explains the major considerations and cost implications that are associated in the management and storage of the data collected, and the organizational impacts involved in managing digital evidence and appropriately and securely sharing this sensitive data among both internal and external stakeholders.

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About Visual Labs, Inc.

Visual Labs takes a completely different approach to body worn cameras versus the many other “cameraonly” products on the market today.  The Visual Labs smartphone body camera solution represents a paradigm shift in the thinking toward body worn cameras.  We believe the appropriate definition of BWC is not Body Worn Camera, but instead Body Worn Computer.

The Visual Labs solution uses a fully-functioning smartphone as the recording device and provides all the features that camera-only devices offer.  A key advantage of the Visual Labs solution is that all the built-in functionality of the smartphone (a small computer) is also available. This includes the ability to obtain real-time situational awareness via a live stream video feed sent to a command or dispatch center, which could be fixed or mobile.  Further, with appropriate authorization and control, a command or dispatch center has the ability to remotely initiate a live video stream. This functionality could prove to be critical in cases where communication with an officer cannot be established, whether due to radio equipment failure or, in a worst-case scenario, due to the officer’s inability to respond.

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Digital Evidence Implications Being Explored at #IPCS2018

Register today for the 3rd annual International Policing Cybercrime Summit (IPCS) taking place November 5-7 in Fredericton, NB. The Summit is proudly offered in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and an initiative of the joint eCrime Cyber Council. The formal agenda is almost complete and will include speakers discussing topics such as digital evidence management, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s plans for a National Cybercrime Coordination Centre, pending creation of a cybercrime victim reporting and data centre, cybercrime investigation case studies, AI in policing, and much, much more.

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