Cameras on cops or body-worn cameras are video recording systems that are used by law enforcement agencies to gather video evidence from crime scenes or record their interactions with the public. These cameras are often placed on the front of a shirt of a police official, or even on his cap or glasses, providing for first-person perspective of events and complete chain of evidence. Body-worn cameras are a form of closed-circuit television. Most body cameras are standalone devices that record police interactions onto an internal storage device. When required, the police official can upload the recording on the police station’s servers or on a cloud service. These body cameras are ruggedized according to requirements of law enforcement agencies. There are many specification issues that are considered before a body-worn camera system is deployed. The system requirements depend on the operating environment, intended use, unit cost, budget, interoperability, etc. Typical specifications that are considered before purchasing and deploying a camera system include battery life, recording limits, camera focal width, camera placement, video quality, night recording, audio recording, and radio integration capability.
The use of body-worn cameras can deter any negative behavior or violence against an officer on duty. This safety feature is one of the major factor driving the cameras on cops market. The recording obtained from such cameras can help to convict a person who chooses to attack an officer and may also reveal other critical information. These cameras provide documented footage into the behavior and actions of police officers, and as such footages can be used in the court of law for understanding or proving different aspects of the crime. Thus, the adoption of body-worn cameras facilitates the police departments to gather and record vital information at the time of investigation. However, technological limitations such as battery life and image quality issues are proving to be the major hurdles for the growth of cameras on cops market. The high costs involved in purchasing as well as maintaining the cameras, and costs associated with storing the video footages are some of the other challenges in the growth of this market.
The cameras on cops market can be categorized in terms of location of the camera mount, type of storage and geography. On the basis of location of the camera mount, the market can be categorized into chest mounted cameras and head mounted cameras. Based on type of storage, the market can be categorized into on-premise storage or cloud storage. Furthermore, on the basis of geography, the market can be segmented into North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. Cameras on cops has witnessed high demand in the North America and Europe region. This can be attributed to the increasing instances of crimes in certain countries. Furthermore, the fast adoption of technology in the region favors the adoption of cameras on cops for police departments.
The major players in the cameras on cops market include Digital Ally, Inc., Taser International, Inc., Vievu LLC., Wolfcom Enterprises, Pro-Vision, Inc., Reveal Media, Atlantic Tactical, and Brekford Corporation.
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