Wireless CCTV shows body-worn surveillance service

Published 11 February 2008

U.K. company launches body-worn CCTV aiming to help security agents in the field; the equipment comes in both overt and covert configurations; devices help field agents gather information and evidence — and it also helps supervisors at HQ to monitor the situation in the field

It is not for nothing that the United Kingdom is known as the “survellance sociey,” what with the ubiquitous CCTVs at every street corner and along highways. What, you may ask, about areas inaccessible to fixed CCTVs? Not to worry: Rochdale, U.K.-based Wireless CCTV, a provider of mobile surveillance systems, has launched its 3G body-worn services that are aimed at providing enhanced security to agents in the field. Wireless says that the systems, which have been developed in response to the growing demand for body-worn overt and covert surveillance equipment, offer evidential quality recording of suspects and enable security supervisors to coordinate and carry out tactical operations which involve multiple-member teams.

The 3G camera vest and 3G belt are some of the overt services developed by Wireless, apart from the WCCTV 3G covert backpack, which the company claims is suitable for agents on the move. The backpack encompasses all the Wireless CCTV’s body-worn technology in a hidden form. Since it can be deployed immediately, Wireless claims that the product would be beneficial for observation of suspicious individuals and locations, be it inside a house, a car, or even an outdoor location. According to Wireless, the central unit of the equipment comprises a compact flash card which helps the agent record digital, evidential video, and audio footage. The 3G mobile phone technology can be used by the supervisor remotely to monitor images and sound. He can then evaluate the situation in real time and dispatch help or offer suggestions to the agent on the possible course of action. An optional GPS receiver has also been integrated with the equipment. This tracks and maps the exact location of agents while they are on the field. In case a situation arises which needs immediate attention or requires additional force, the agent can use the panic button provided to inform the supervisor.

Wireless is also contributing to advancing the cause of the paperless office: Facilities have been provided to enable the security agents to take a backup of the data after the completion of an operation, reducing the need to fill various forms or catalogue information.