VIDMIC, a global provider of officer-worn video, radio accessories, and digital file management software, today announced a new version of its VIDMIC body-worn video system. The new VIDMIC VX2 delivers unprecedented video intelligence, longer run time, and greater ease of use in a lighter, water-resistant unit that doubles as a video camera, video screen, and shoulder microphone.
"Our officers greatly benefit by having video and audio capabilities available to them at any time," said Lonnie Cook, chief of the Laredo Independent School District Police Department. "Because the camera is inside the shoulder microphone, nothing extra is added to the uniform. We've found that when people know we are using video technology, it has a tendency to immediately diffuse tense situations as well as providing irrefutable evidence of what happened."
VIDMIC was the first company to bring to market an officer-worn video system in the United States. The benefits of using wearable video cameras for police are well documented. The use of video has been shown to increase officer safety, document traffic violations and citizen behavior, reduce time in court, provide evidence for internal investigations, increase the likelihood of successful prosecutions, and save taxpayer dollars by reducing frivolous lawsuits.
In fact, according to a study by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), when video evidence is available for complaints brought against officers, the officer is exonerated 93 percent of the time.
"With the VX2, we are bringing officer-worn video for law enforcement to the next level," said Todd Haynes, CEO of VIDMIC. "The VX2 is true to our patented design where the camera is mounted inside the shoulder microphone. The fact that no additional equipment is added to the uniform makes it a very attractive solution to officers. We've expanded the storage on the unit to 8GB and cranked the battery life to support 12 hours of stand by time and four hours of live video recording."
VIDMIC VX2: The next evolution of officer-worn video includes the following:
- Improved battery life: 12 hours of stand-by and four hours of active video recording
- Larger LCD screen: integrated video screen located on the back side of shoulder microphone
- Lighter case: the VX2 is about .5 ounces lighter than its predecessor
- Increased storage: 8GB of storage enables hours of video and thousands of still photos
- Larger lens: increases the field of view by camera
- Low-light recording: better video quality in various lighting conditions
- Firmware upgrades: control a greatly expanded feature set to comply with various department/city policies
- Water resistant: new seals and form factor enable use in all weather conditions
- Manufacturing has been moved to U.S. facilities for improved quality assurance and timely delivery.