2017 City on a Cloud Finalists - Benton, Lawrence

May 30, 2017

From healthcare to utilities and from transit to city planning, local and regional governments are embracing innovation. Take a look at what these agencies and their partners are doing to move government forward on behalf of their citizens.

Five ways body cameras are changing how the Lawrence Police Department works

May 8, 2017

If you get pulled over in Lawrence, you are probably going to end up on camera.

Lawrence is the latest city to fit every police officer with body-worn cameras, a move viewed by activists and departments as a way to increase transparency, defuse tensions, improve officer safety and gather objective evidence.

In the process, the new technology is transforming basic police work.

Video: Clarkston police have more protection than ever with new bodycams

May 5, 2017

Police display how body cameras offer a more protected way of conducting business keeping both the public and officers safe.

Arkansas's Benton Police Department Reports High Satisfaction with Body Camera Deployment

April 18, 2017

BENTON, Ark., April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The City of Benton Police Department, located outside of Little Rock, AR reports highly satisfactory results with their deployment of 68 BodyWorn™ police cameras and 49 Rocket IoT™ in-car video communications systems by police software and technology vendor Utility, Inc. The complete evidence management system provides police departments across the country with enhanced efficiency and cost savings while optimizing transparency and accountability between police officers and the communities they serve.

Kissimmee approves deal for high-tech body cameras for officers

April 12, 2017

The Kissimmee Police Department is joining the growing list of Central Florida law enforcement agencies to equip its officers with body cameras.

But the department’s new cameras are unlike others in use across the region and are cheaper, too.

The high-tech gear from Body Worn, a Georgia-based company, comes with a number of advanced features that other departments in Central Florida don’t have. The $524,000 expense over a five-year span for 80 cameras was approved by the city council in February.

Lawrence Police Department implements body cameras, 'game changer' on the streets

April 9, 2017

LAWRENCE, Ind. -  Lawrence Police Chief Dave Hofmann calls the deployment of a body camera system among his 44 sworn police officers “a game changer."

He expects to see them become standard equipment not only throughout central Indiana, but across American law enforcement in the next five years.

“This is, in my opinion, the highest most amazing technology that’s available on the market,” he said.

Since its limited roll out late last summer, every officer is assigned an integrated three-camera system which includes not only a body camera, but also two units in each marked patrol car, one pointing forward out the front windshield and the other trained on the back seat.


Police body cameras part of Dothan's new integrated system

April 8, 2017

When Sgt. David Schwab talks about the Dothan Police Department’s new integrated camera system, he uses terms like “functionality” and “user friendliness.”

“What this system is going to do is it’s going to effectively replace what we have currently,” the supervisor of the department’s technical services division said. “It’s light-years ahead of where we are.”
The department is transitioning from just in-car cameras to a linked system that includes in-car and body-worn cameras.
“It’s not like we’re just adding body cameras,” Schwab said. “We’re actually replacing all the hardware that we have that’s 20-plus years old that’s in the cars right now.”

Colorado Springs Police body-worn cameras on the job

April 3, 2017

Gazette's Chhun Sun, Jerilee Bennett and Eric Singer learn about the effectiveness of the new police, body-worn cameras that are being used by the Colorado Springs Police. Officers discuss the program.

Body-worn cameras on track for June deployment

March 28, 2017

VICTORVILLE — A body-worn camera pilot program at two sheriff’s stations, including Apple Valley, is on track to begin in June, an official said Tuesday, marking a rapid ascension toward deployment only three weeks after county policy makers approved the year-long test run.

“It’s moving pretty quick,” San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Project Team Leader Neil Slawson said during a presentation to the Victorville Rotary Club.

On March 7, county Supervisors approved an 18-month, $122,000 contract with Georgia-based Utility Associates Inc. for 80 cameras between Apple Valley and Highland stations — an ample timeframe to enable groundwork to be laid before patrol deputies actually begin wearing the Android-powered devices and to allow for post-deployment assessments.

Body cameras approved for El Paso County Sheriff's Office

March 7, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - El Paso County Commissioners made it official Tuesday: they approved spending $303,000 to buy 150 body cameras for patrol deputies.

The cameras will be similar to those currently used by the Colorado Springs Police Department.  CSPD received 500 cameras last September and is gradually distributing them to patrol officers below the rank of lieutenant.

Body cams top Biloxi police chief's list of 2016 achievements

February 1, 2017

BILOXI - Violent crimes in the city decreased significantly in 2016, according to a Biloxi Police Department report.

Also, 70 percent of 120,000 calls for service came from police officers who saw problems out in the community. These statistics and others will be highlighted Wednesday during the annual State of the City address by Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich.

But as proud as Police Chief John Miller is of those accomplishments, he said the department’s greatest achievement of the year was getting body-worn cameras.

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Will Virtual Reality Allow Jurors to Experience How a Crime Was Committed?

December 30, 2016

It is not too big a step to move from capturing the images of a crime scene to creating a virtual representation of it for a jury during the course of a trial. A new camera technology being used by police has the ability to capture, offload and view a crime scene. Called the Smart Scene 360, the captured images can be uploaded to a smart phone which then can be stitched together to recreate a virtual image of an entire crime scene.

Army officer unloads on PC culture endangering the military

April 11, 2017

Captain Roger Hill discusses on FOX News his book, Dog Company and how political correctness is creeping into the military. 

Body camera firm: Albuquerque ‘rigged’ purchase deal for Taser

March 24, 2017

A Georgia-based police body camera manufacturer is alleging Albuquerque officials used an “inappropriate and illegal” process to reach a tentative agreement with Taser International Inc. for cameras and online video storage at the state’s largest law enforcement agency.

Ted Davis, president and CEO of Utility Associates Inc., filed a formal protest this week saying Taser’s initial bid of $4.7 million should have been disqualified last year because it did not meet the city’s requirements spelled out in a request for proposals.

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Decatur company hopes to take jurors inside crime with virtual reality

December 29, 2016

Body cameras can help explain how a crime unfolded, but now a Decatur-based company wants to use those same cameras to help jurors experience the crime scene for themselves. 

Utility’s vice president of technology, Simon Araya, said the Smart Scene 360 allows officers to capture a crime scene or evidence within minutes.


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Atlanta Tech Edge: December 25, 2016

December 25, 2016

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Nampa chooses body camera vendor

December 22, 2016

NAMPA — The body cameras worn by Nampa police officers likely will be replaced next year.
Police department administrators have selected Utility Associates, Inc., to provide new cameras and software at a price not to exceed $100,000. Since the proposal was approved by the Nampa City Council on Monday, the police department can now enter into negotiations with the company.


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Police Body Camera Automatically Sends “Officer Down” Emergency Alerts

December 19, 2016

New body cameras embedded into police officers’ uniform offer automatic, policy-based recording functionality, helping police officers automatically capture, offload and view media evidence.

Manufactured by Utility Inc., the BodyWorn cameras have been recently purchased by police departments in Georgia, the USA as part of their ongoing effort to enhance transparency and accountability, and increase public trust.

BodyWorn is a smartphone embedded into the officer’s uniform. The camera can’t fall off, get snatched off the uniform, and remains stable if the officer starts running or gets into a struggle.


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Gulfport officers are now armed with an extra set of eyes

December 12, 2016

GULFPORT Eight police officers have hit the streets with Gulfport’s first body cameras.

Police Department Sgt. Josh Bromen said he talked to one of the officers wearing a camera Monday morning.

“He absolutely loves it,” Bromen said. Unlike some other cameras used by law enforcement, the smartphones Gulfport ordered from Utility Inc. in Georgia activate automatically, eliminating human error, and the complaint that an officer can turn the camera on or off at will.

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Litigation Rumor

November 22, 2016

One way you know your company is succeeding is when your competitors start spreading malicious rumors about you.  We believe they are nervous and jealous about our technologies such as Policy-Based Recording, Live Video Streaming, Officer Down Emergency Alerts, SmartScene 360, and Smart Redaction. Therefore, we dispel the false and silly rumor insinuating that we routinely engage in litigation during the course of competing for business.

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Lawrence police officers begin using body cameras

August 23, 2016

LAWRENCE, Ind.-- Rookie Patrolman Devin Randle will be among the first Lawrence Police officers to wear a body camera and drive a patrol car equipped with two cameras as part of the city’s innovated program to assure officer accountability and provide evidence of department interactions with the public.

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2 Lawrence officers now equipped with body cameras

August 23, 2016

LAWRENCE, Ind. (WISH) – All officers in Lawrence will soon be wearing body cameras. The city launched the program Tuesday. The program rolled out with two officers wearing the cameras. They said if nothing else it will increase accountability and transparency. “It protects us and it protects the citizens as well,” said Officer Devin Randle, one of the officers chosen to wear the cameras.

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Arrest of suspected hit and run driver recorded on body cams worn for first time by Lawrence police

August 23, 2016

LAWRENCE, Ind. -- Tense moments were recorded on body cameras worn by Lawrence police officers for the first time on Tuesday as they stopped a suspected hit and run driver.


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Lawrence police to wear body cameras as part of new program

August 23, 2016

LAWRENCE, Ind.-- Rookie Patrolman Devin Randle will be among the first Lawrence Police officers to wear a body camera and drive a patrol car equipped with two cameras as part of the city’s innovated program to assure officer accountability and provide evidence of department interactions with the public.

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Lawrence Police unveil body cams

August 12, 2016

LAWRENCE, Ind.- The Lawrence Police Department will soon equip all of its officers with body cameras, making it one of the few agencies in the state to use that kind of technology. The measure is part of a five year contract with Utility Bodyworn, a company that produces the devices and their software. The cameras will cost the city of Lawrence around $60,000 a year.


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Lawrence Police going forward with plans for body cameras

August 12, 2016

LAWRENCE, Ind. (WTHR) - The Lawrence Police Department is going full speed ahead with plans to mount body cameras on its uniformed officers.

It will be just a matter of weeks before each officer is wearing cameras that go beyond just capturing video on the street.


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Georgia's DeKalb County Police Department Chooses BodyWorn™ As its Exclusive Body Camera Solution

July 20, 2016

ATLANTA, July 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Utility announced that Georgia's DeKalb County Board of Commissioners has approved the purchase of 600 BodyWorn™ wearable body cameras to outfit its entire uniform division in order to enhance transparency, accountability and officer safety.


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Biloxi PD Gets New Body Cameras

July 21, 2016

In a time where police and civilian interaction is under a tiny microscope, it’s important for police to have the technology to keep them from any scrutiny.
In Biloxi, the police department will receive the tool to do just that: new body cameras, the first of their kind in the state.


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DeKalb police getting "world's smartest" body cameras

July 21, 2016

DeKalb County Police will soon begin wearing what are being billed as the "world's smartest" body cameras.

BodyWorn cameras are made to fuse seamlessly with an officer's uniform.  The camera's eye is in the center of the officer's chest, and is always pointed forward. The technology is designed to never dislodge, and does not require an officer to remember to turn it on or off.

Master Officer Michael Freeman, one of the officers who has been testing out the innovative BodyWorn technology for a couple of months, likes the way that the camera integrates into his uniform, unlike others they have tried which attach to the uniform.


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BodyWorn Police Body Camera

July 21, 2016

Meet BodyWorn: a police body camera that allows officers to record interactions and evidence. The camera mounts inside the uniform, so officers don’t have to worry about losing their camera.

The camera can be activated by Central Dispatch. It combines with vehicle sensors to trigger when events are detected. The camera can also record when an officer is down. The above video shows how this body worn camera works.

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Georgia county goes with BodyWorn cameras for its police department

July 20, 2016

ATLANTA July 20, 2016 Utility announced that Georgia's DeKalb County Board of Commissioners has approved the purchase of 600 BodyWorn™ wearable body cameras to outfit its entire uniform division in order to enhance transparency, accountability and officer safety. BodyWorn™ is the only policy-based recording system on the market employing customizable, recording triggers that automatically initiate recording. The DeKalb County Police Department is the latest department to have adopted BodyWorn™ because of its reliability, performance, and security. Others include Lilburn, Marietta, Clayton County, the Atlanta Department of Corrections and Decatur in Georgia; Bexar County in Texas; Colorado Springs in Colorado; and Long Beach in California; Biloxi in Mississippi; and others throughout the country.

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DeKalb County police get new second generation body cams

July 20, 2016

Channel 2's Sophia Choi explains why the county chose the locally made cameras over its competitors.


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DeKalb officers get body cameras from local company

July 20, 2016

The recent ambush killings of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge highlight the dangers faced by officers on the job. Now DeKalb County Police are gearing up to help protect themselves and the community they serve.

They are spending more than $700,000 on state-of-the-art body cameras from Decatur-based Utility, Inc., and the key word behind the purchase is transparency.

DeKalb County Officer Bertrant Jean says a new tool in his tool belt -- or on his chest, actually -- makes him feel safer on the streets.

"If I'm down, and I don't respond in a certain amount of time, it automatically notifies Dispatch with my exact location and position," he said.

The manufacturer says the cameras are user friendly. They are updated and maintained remotely by the manufacturer. Police have the ability to watch the cameras live.


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Dothan Police Department Squad Cars Getting System Update

July 12, 2016

DOTHAN, AL (WTVY) Advances in technology are supposed to make everyone’s life a little easier and for a majority of people it does. What’s the newest smartphone, or what’s the best app, or what are the best headphones? These questions get asked a lot.

But when it comes to video, especially police video, that question is already being answered by the Dothan Police Department.

“Officer uses all his senses when he’s on a traffic stop or when he’s out with somebody but another point of view is always good. You can never have to many angles”, said Officer John Chesser of the Dothan P.D.

Having an additional angle is exactly what he’ll be getting. Dash Cams aren’t new, but what is new is the technology they’ll use, with John being one of the first ones to use it.

This week, over a dozen Dothan police cars will be fitted with a new Dash Cam that will sync up with their body cams. The technology will not only allow supervisors to see two different angles of a situation but also, they’ll be able to pull the video almost instantaneously.


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How Secure Dothan PD Body Cameras Really Are

July 7, 2016

The FBI and U.S Department of Justice are taking over the investigation into Tuesday's fatal police shooting of a black man in Baton Rouge, LA.

There's cell phone video of the incident.

But the officer's body cameras were not able to capture the critical moment.

The camera's both officers were wearing fell off during the struggle, and were unable to capture the shooting.

Currently there are 14 officers with the Dothan Police Department testing out this very product: body cameras.
One officer who normally wears the camera, is John L. Chesser. He believes, this is a positive for the department. Officer Chesser tells news 4: “"We've had it for several months now. I’ve seen a lot of good things out of it. If I run in a foot pursuit (the body camera) turns on. If my lights are activated, (the body camera) comes on. So a lot of times you don't even have to think about it.”

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Mayor approves vendor for body cameras for all Colorado Springs officers

June 29, 2016

Colorado Springs police have settled on a body-worn camera company, bringing the department one step closer to outfitting all officers with a technology that's becoming almost standard across the country.

Mayor John Suthers on Wednesday approved a contract between the city's police department and Utility Associates Inc., a vendor based in Tucker, Ga., according to program supervisor Cmdr. Pat Rigdon. Other vendors that were finalists were Taser International and VieVu.

The equipment will be implemented in late July to about 65 officers in the Gold Hill division, which covers the city's south and southwest neighborhoods, Rigdon said.

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Hidden costs in body worn camera systems

June 1, 2016

Body-worn cameras have been implemented in police departments across the country to increase transparency and to ensure both police and citizens are complying with the law. Some departments have been slow to adopt the cameras because of the high costs of redacting and storing the data and maintaining a system.

A new report from Utility, a mobile operations company, categorizes some of the expenses of an ongoing body-worn camera program and offers suggestions on what law enforcement agencies should consider when they conduct a five-year total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis.

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Fountain Police getting new body cameras after headaches with current system

April 14, 2016

Fountain Police are buying new cameras and a new system,, that let's officers off load and label the clips automatically right after the incident. The new system will sync up directly to the dispatch service.

"I think it's going to streamline, make it much simpler and much easier for the officers in terms of time, in terms of time management, in terms of case management, it's just going to be a win win," said Coates. is the same body camera system the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and Colorado Springs Police Department are going to use. It will cost Fountain Police $50,000 a year and will be implemented this summer.

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Fountain police look to switch body-worn camera system to one that's easier for officers

April 13, 2016

The Fountain Police Department is considering changing its body-worn camera system after recently discovering a complication.

While auditing footage from officers' cameras, "We realized that footage wasn't always titled," Lt. Tommy Coates said.

Now, the department is looking to make life easier for the officers. Fountain police made the decision to "piggyback" on the Colorado Springs Department's efforts to bring in a body-worn camera program this year, Coates said. The latter department is looking at equipment from, which boasts a product that allows officers to input data on scene, he added.

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Bexar County Deputies To Wear Body Cameras Soon

March 28, 2016

Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau has faced criticism for a delay in rolling out body cameras for her deputies. The sheriff said, however, the camera technology her department will soon use is state-of-the-art and has the capacity to do more than what is currently being done by the San Antonio Police Department body cameras.

“So the device is like a smart phone. It’s like an Internet of things. It’s tied into when we set business rules, when they are turned on and turned off. You know, it catalogs the information, so there is a great deal of more capability that we are getting," Pamerleau said.

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MARTA Police on alert after Brussels attacks

March 22, 2016

There is no specific threat to U.S. transit agencies from terrorist groups in the wake of terrorist attacks in Brussels, authorities said Tuesday, however MARTA Police are ramping up their presence at rail stations as a precaution.

MARTA Police also urged passengers to download and use the See & Say app to report any suspicious behavior. Lt. Aston Greene, who supervises MARTA Police’s emergency preparedness unit, said that the department’s 16 canines and their handling officers have been deployed. And while no additional police have been called in, all the officers who were scheduled to work have been pulled from administrative duties to patrol areas in and around stations.

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El Paso County deputies will add cameras to their uniforms

February 28, 2016

As she gets dressed for work, El Paso County Sheriff's deputy Lora Lowry has to attach a camera to her uniform - something she didn't do until the beginning of February.

That doesn't mean her priorities have shifted.

"Now I just have an extra step," Lowry said.

She's one of two deputies who have been assigned this month to be part of the Sheriff's Office's pilot body-worn camera program. Sometime after June, between 150-160 sergeants and deputies will be equipped with a technology that's becoming almost standard across the country, said Sheriff's Office bureau chief Brad Shannon.

"We want to be an agency that's accountable and we also want to be transparent," he said. "Those are the two main reasons I think law enforcement, as a general rule, is trending toward body cameras. We see a benefit to deploying cameras."

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Utility Issues Video Redaction Challenge to the San Francisco Police Department

February 26, 2016

Competition Intended to Shed Light on the Significant Costs and Risks Associated With Not Considering Video Redaction

ATLANTA, Feb. 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Utility, Inc. announced today it has issued a Video Redaction Challenge to the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD).  Utility invites the SFPD video team to redact a video provided by Utility from February 24, 2016, and compare video redaction cost and processing time to that of Utility's automated redaction software, Smart Redaction™, which has not yet been tested by the SFPD. The un-redacted video used for the challenge can be viewed on YouTube:

This challenge was issued in response to the City Purchaser and SFPD not considering video redaction cost and time when evaluating body-worn camera solutions.  The ability to redact video quickly and at low cost is key to protecting citizen and officer privacy while simultaneously providing police accountability and transparency.

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Bowie police move forward on body cameras

February 18, 2016

After months of testing equipment from companies, city officials are ready to outfit police officers with body cameras.

Chief John Nesky and his officers tested equipment from a half-dozen companies and finally decided on Utility, Inc., a Georgia-based company. Utility's vice president, Chris Lindenau, made a presentation to the council last night. The company already provides body cameras for the police in Long Beach, California; Decatur, Georgia and for the transit police in Atlanta.

Plans call for a five-year contract with Utility that will cost the city $412,500. 

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Utility Announces Three More Police Departments That Will Be Using BodyWorn

January 11, 2016

Utility, Inc. officially announced today that three more police departments throughout the United States have recently selected BodyWorn™ as their officer-worn camera system. The Bexar County Sheriff's Office in Texas, the Long Beach Police Department in California, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) in Georgia will all deploy BodyWorn during 2016. BodyWorn™ is the only automatic, policy-based recording and video management software currently available to police departments.

Upstate colleges using body cameras to add safety layer

December 12, 2015

“It’s been a great acquisition for us,” Peterson said. “As an administrator, I love them because they protect the public and they protect the officer. Video always tells the truth.”

Introducing The World’s First Smart Uniform

November 2, 2015

The World’s First Smart Uniform for Law Enforcement is here, through a new generation of smart uniform technology. Elbeco’s BodyShieldTM External Vest Carrier is offering an answer to body camera surveillance systems.

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Decatur Police choose local company for body cameras

October 7, 2015

The Decatur Police Department has chosen a Decatur-based company as its body camera provider.

A press release from the company, Utility Associates, on Wednesday, October 7, said, “The Decatur Police Department has equipped its police force of 47 officers with BodyWorn™ police cameras. In addition to BodyWorn™, Utility’s Rocket™ vehicle router has been installed in 37 Decatur Police Department patrol cars to optimize each car with powerful and secure wireless internet capabilities for up to 1,500 feet around the vehicle.”

Decatur Police Lt. Jennifer Ross confirmed that the company has received the contract.

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The First “Smart” Uniform for Law Enforcement: Utility’s BodyWorn™ & Elbeco’s BodyShield™

October 2, 2015

Learn more about the first “smart” uniform for law enforcement from a partnership designed to merge protection and accountability with a new generation of “smart” uniform technology.

Utility’s BodyWornTM Camera System and Elbeco’s BodyShield External Vest Carrier have partnered to offer the solution to body camera surveillance, the unmatched reputation throughout the law enforcement industry.

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APD's body camera rollout is about to begin — but not without concerns

June 30, 2015

Before the end of 2015, the majority of Atlanta Police Department officers could be wearing body cameras in a move to provide greater transparency and accountability, particularly following recent officer-involved shootings. The decisions being made, ranging from the APD's internal procedures to the company potentially being chosen to supply the devices, have received significant scrutiny leading up to its approval.

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Company files protest after APD chooses 'less capable' body cameras

June 30, 2015

Channel 2 Action News has learned there is a controversy over which body camera manufacturer will supply the Atlanta Police Department. 

A local company told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri they have filed a protest with the city after the way their bid was handled. 

They say their cameras were rated higher by officers who tested them and their total cost is half a million dollars cheaper than the company the department is now choosing. 

"Why would the city buy a less capable product and spend half a million dollars more for it? That's the fundamental question we have," said Utility CEO Bob McKeeman. 

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Body camera technology evolves as demand for cameras grow

June 10, 2015

After deadly confrontations with police in cities like Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland many people say making officers wear body cameras is a quick solution to provide more transparency.

"I can do a remote start on a recording." Some of the new technology allows body cameras to activate when the emergency lights are switched on. "You're essentially making it, so the decision isn't only up to the officer, said Anthony Baldoni, Utility Body Worn.


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The Jim Bohannon Show - Featuring BodyWorn by Utility

June 5, 2015

Earlier this week, the House of Representatives passed an amendment to an appropriations bill that would add an additional ten million dollars to the Department of Justice’s Body Camera Partnership Program, bringing funding for that program up to 25 million dollars. Use of body cameras by law enforcement officers is endorsed by members of both parties, and by law enforcement itself as a means to record interactions with the public and gather video evidence at crime scenes. Use of the cameras serves to increase accountability on the part of the officer and the citizen alike, as it provides irrefutable proof of how an incident developed. Current body camera equipment, however, can be both costly and unwieldy (and occasionally uncomfortable to wear). Joining us tonight is Robert McKeeman, chairman and CEO of Utility Associates, which has developed the next generation of this technology: the BodyWorn video camera and software system. He’ll explain how it works and why he believes it’s superior to the body cameras police departments have been using up to now.

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Department of corrections installs cameras on transport vans

May 21, 2015

Channel 2 Action News got exclusive access Thursday to new cameras being added to jail transport vans.

Atlanta jail officials said it will give a clear account of what happens while suspects are riding with officers.
Channel 2’s Erin Coleman looked on Thursday as technicians install what will be a first for a metro Atlanta law enforcement agency cameras in transport vans.
“We want to increase public trust,” said Atlanta Department of Corrections Chief Pat Labat.

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Discrete Police Body-Cam Aims to Reduce Crime

May 20, 2015

Should local police wear and use a body camera at all times?

That’s the debate many police departments are having after riots broke out in Baltimore in April. Last year, unrest in Ferguson led to continuing racial tensions. Yet, for one company, a camera pointed toward a criminal is also a protective measure for the public at large.

BodyWorn by Utility is a new device currently being tested by police departments in private trials in the U.S. The device — a Motorola Moto X phone-running video recording software that ties into a police department back-end server — is integrated into an officer’s protective vest. (It’s a magnetic locking compartment that is not affected by pulling or jostling.) Neither criminals nor police officers can remove the camera to potentially destroy evidence.

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BodyWorn, the police-worn camera that aims to reduce crime

May 19, 2015

BodyWorn by Utility is a new device currently being tested by police departments in private trials in the U.S. The device — a Motorola Moto X phone-running video recording software that ties into a police department back-end server — is integrated into an officer’s protective vest. (It’s a magnetic locking compartment that is not effected by pulling or jostling.) Neither criminals nor police officers can remove the camera to potentially destroy evidence.

In fact, criminals may not even notice the camera. The video streams to a server in the cloud when the officer starts running (thanks to an accelerometer that detects motion). If an officer arrives on a scene, turns on the lights and sirens, and then opens the door, the camera will start recording immediately. Those at the police station can also start a recording.

It’s a crime deterrent because the cameras can collect evidence automatically, something that will make criminals think twice. Last year, the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology found that body-worn cameras can reduce crime by 50 percent. A police force in Mesa, Arizona conducted a similar study and found that complaints against the police went down for officers who wore the camera — by about two-thirds compared to those without a camera.

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Utility's BodyWorn Police Camera Integrates The Moto X Gen 2 With A Cop's Gear And Is Brilliant

May 15, 2015

Good tech changes our lives, great tech changes our culture. During touchy situations between police and civilians knowing exactly what happened is cause for constant dispute. Enter body cameras, which provide an instant replay benefitting both parties involved. That is, unless, the camera gets knocked off in combat or does not provide clear video. This is why Utility's use of the 2nd gen Moto X in its BodyWorn camera is an important step in the progress of body camera technology.

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Why police departments are moving to the cloud - Saving money is prime motivator

May 11, 2015

Yes, saving money is a key consideration, says Randy Gaines, a senior project manager for Decatur, Ga.-based Utility Associates and a retired NYPD detective (photo at right). “The cloud will play a major role in modern policing by offloading the cost and risk of running a highly secure and backed-up video storage system. He explains: “Cloud-based storage can provide automatic data replication across multiple data centers, and often costs less when compared to the fully loaded cost of hardware, software, 24x7 support staff, cybersecurity software and support staff required when a police department runs its own internal video data storage.” A setup through a cloud provider, Gaines adds, can help ensure dependable disaster recovery capability.

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Connected World magazine Announces IoT Innovations Winners

May 5, 2015

Some of the most transformative startups and multinational corporations are doing new things in the IoT (Internet of Things) marketplace. In response to this growth in the space, Connected World magazine today named the winners of the inaugural IoT Innovations Awards. Utility's BodyWorn was one of the winners.

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More police departments headed to the cloud

May 4, 2015

Cloud-based and cloud-delivered data and video can be crucial in keeping officers aware of risks and danger, says Randy Gaines, a senior project manager for Decatur, Ga.-basedUtility Associates and a retired NYPD detective. “The ability to send real-time BOLO’s (BeOn the Look Out alerts) from a cloud-based system to and from a line officer(s) is a very valuable capability.

“Storing BOLO alert data in the cloud means it is available to one or all police officers in the field immediately, and to any police officer who later comes on duty and wants to know about recent BOLO alerts,” Gaines tells American City & County. He adds that the cloud aids in collaboration. “Cloud-based data storage provides the capability of being able to share video and other data between public safety agencies.”

Utility Associates provides critical mobile communications connectivity hardware and software systems.

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BodyWorn cameras from Utility: Another part of the 'evidence ecosystem'

April 30, 2015

All technology experiences evolution. Stone wheels eventually led to steel-belted radial tires. The smartphone in your pocket was preceded by a huge Marconi “wireless.” Robert McKeeman says he has the next generation of camera/recorders in his BodyWorn product. 

“The days of the clip-on camera are just about over,” said McKeeman. The BodyWorn device from Utility Associates records video and audio, like most body cameras now in use — it’s there the similarity ends. 

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Firms showcase products aimed at boosting border security

April 22, 2015

Utility Inc. showed off its second-generation BodyWorn cameras, which include near-real-time video and audio capture and GPS technology.

“It’s unique and different from the other systems that are out there on the market since it provides real-time triggers for video recording,” said Anthony Baldoni, a company spokesman. “Dispatch can create a hot zone where as soon as a body camera enters that parameter it will turn on and start recording.”

With police use of body cameras generating headlines of late, Utility sees a need for them along the border as well.

“There are some real-world use cases for that with the different sensors and things they have out there they could go in and build those action zones and essentially as a Border Patrol agent enters those action zones the cameras would turn on automatically,” Baldoni said.

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Article: 9th Annual Border Security Expo Focuses on camera-tech

April 21, 2015

With recent events throughout the country, wearable body camera companies also showcased their devices. Utility is a vendor that makes a special vest called the Body Worn. When on an agent, a camera in the vest allows real-time video monitoring. The camera can also be controlled from a remote location, so individual agents or officers cannot turn it on or off.

"Through our software interface the dispatcher can go in and drop a hot zone around this area through a satellite overview in Google Maps. As (the wearer) enters into that zone, the (camera) automatically turns on and start recording," explained Anthony Baldoni, Vice President of Corporate Operation of Utility.

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VIDEO: 9th Annual Border Security Expo focuses on camera-tech

April 21, 2015

Border security technology is on display at the Phoenix Convention Center.

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Video: Border and Security Expo at Phoenix Convention Center

April 21, 2015

Fox 10's Syleste Rodriguez checks out the Border and Security Expo at Phoenix Convention Center on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Channel 2 gets exclusive look at new police body cameras

April 13, 2015

Channel 2 Action News is the only station to get a look at the second generation cameras before they even hit the market.

A DeKalb County company's CEO told Channel 2’s Dave Huddleston that the cameras will record even if the officer forgets to.

“Some incidents happen and the officer is wearing a body worn camera, but there is no video, because he forgot to push the start button," Bob McKeeman said.

That's the not the case with the Utility Inc. body worn cameras. The first thing you notice, it's not a clip on camera, and it’s embedded in the safety vest.

The camera can collect evidence if the officer starts running, his heart rate picks up, even when he makes a traffic stop like what happened with Walter Scott in South Carolina.

"When the officer got out of the car for the traffic stop, it would have started automatically,” McKeeman said.

"It's protecting the public. It’s protecting the police officer and when you consider the cost of a situation like Ferguson, it’s a far better investment," McKeeman said.

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Federal Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal of Digital Ally’s Lawsuit against Utility

March 10, 2015

Utility, the industry leader in Critical Connectivity and Mobile Video for First Responders, announced the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has affirmed the April 2014 dismissal of a Digital Ally, Inc. (DGLY) lawsuit against Utility.

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It's 2015: There is plenty of interest in police body cameras

January 13, 2015

Government Product News got the views of Bob McKeeman, CEO and chairman of Utility Associates, on trends in body-worn cameras used in law enforcement.

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CEO Robert McKeeman at SmartRail

January 12, 2015

CEO Robert McKeeman talking at SmartRail 2014 about fast and secure connectivity in buses and trains.

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Police privacy law complicates plan for body cameras

January 9, 2015

A 1979 ordinance forbidding police from collecting data of a religious, political or sexual nature has gotten more press lately. What does it mean for the body worn video program?

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How Law Enforcement Can Avail of Wearable Technology

January 6, 2015

Bob McKeeman, CEO, Utility, discusses his company’s, body-worn cameras and their uses for law-enforcement officers.

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Older workforce looks to train in-field technicians with wearables

January 6, 2015

Two of the biggest shifts affecting industries that require on-site technicians are an aging workforce and the advent of wearables. While seemingly disparate, there is an overlap in these trends that has created some new markets and uses for wearables.

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Three in Four Americans Believe Police Officers Should Not Decide When to Manually Start or Stop Recording on Body-Worn Cameras

December 29, 2014

According to results from the American Sentiment toward Police Body-Worn Cameras national survey, an overwhelming majority of Americans do not want individual police officers to determine when to record using body-worn cameras. When asked if it should be left up to the police officer to decide when to manually Start or Stop body-worn camera video recording, 82 percent of Black, 77 percent of White and 74 percent of Hispanic respondents answered No.

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NOPD still not properly investigating uses of force, federal monitors say

December 24, 2014

Three years after the U.S. Justice Department found that the New Orleans Police Department failed to properly investigate officers' uses of force, a new report by federal monitors says those problems persist.Three years after the U.S. Justice Department found that the New Orleans Police Department failed to properly investigate officers' uses of force, a new report by federal monitors says those problems persist.

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Why Businesses And Cities Will Be The Largest Adopters Of The 'Internet of Things'

December 23, 2014

In a few years, the Internet of Things will become the largest device market in the world.

The Internet of Things or IoT is often associated with home automation products like Philips Hue light bulbs or the Nest Thermostat. But we expect the majority of growth to come from less glamorous devices and sensors that will be used by businesses and cities to monitor and control technology systems remotely.

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Now is the time for utilities to look at wearable tech

December 21, 2014

The utilities industry is undergoing a major revolution—digital technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) are enabling a smarter grid and a renewed focus on the customer. While wearable devices are a fairly new entry into this technology ecosystem, they offer utilities promising opportunities to make operations more efficient and to increase customer satisfaction.

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President's Task Force To Re-Examine How Police Interact With Public

December 16, 2014

Earlier this month, after the events in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y, the White House announced the creation of what it's calling a Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

The group's job is to find ways to strengthen the relationship between police and the public, and to share recommendations with the president by late February.

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Use body cameras, under right rules

December 15, 2014

 Our country is now having a much-needed conversation about racial profiling, constitutional policing, and how to hold officers accountable for the violation of rights, all stemming from a number of recent high-profile cases where law enforcement used excessive force that resulted in the death of a suspect.

These systemic problems seem overwhelming, but one concrete and important step should be implemented as soon as possible: body worn cameras for officers.

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Body Cameras Worn by Police Officers Are No 'Safeguard of Truth.' Experts Say

December 6, 2014

Michael Brown’s family, on the night of the Ferguson grand jury decision, called for all police in the United States to wear body cameras.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, in announcing that some of New York’s police officers would begin wearing them, said “body cameras are one of the ways to create a real sense of transparency and accountability."

And on Monday, President Obama said he would request $75 million in federal funds to distribute 50,000 body cameras to police departments nationwide, saying they would improve police relations with the public.

But even as departments have started adopting the technology, questions remain about how much it can actually prevent violent encounters with citizens or clarify the boundaries of appropriate police response.

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Police officer fired for refusing to turn on body cam

December 3, 2014

The idea of putting body-worn cameras on police officers has spread since protests and unrest following the shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. Earlier this week, the Obama administration proposed federal funding to get 50,000 more officers equipped with the cameras.

The increased use of cameras makes a few policy questions around them more pressing. One such question: what happens when a police officer fails—or straight-up refuses—to turn on the body camera?

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Taser, rival think their body cameras could have helped in Ferguson

November 25, 2014

A St. Louis County grand jury’s decision Monday not to indict a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., over the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager has led to demonstrations around the nation. The lack of camera footage means no one knows for sure exactly what happened when the controversial shooting took place. Would better technology have helped? Taser thinks so.

Of course, Taser is not the only company looking to capitalize on the increased focus on police technology. Utility Inc., based in Tucker, Ga., has been making wireless routers that are used in cars for years. Recently, though, it has brought to market an on-body camera that’s similar to Taser’s Axon.

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No shortage of tech solutions at IACP

November 19, 2014

A standout product from Utility in the world of body-worn cameras seemed to tick all of the boxes that both officers and command staff would want in a product. Their product features an accelerometer that would activate based on movement, as well as being wired to activate on several other events, managed by the ‘brains’ of the operation, a small box in the trunk that not only ran the camera system, but also contained the inner workings of many of the internal public safety features of the patrol car.

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Utility's BodyWorn LEO Camera Is Voice-Activated

November 12, 2014

Body cameras are becoming more and more popular among police officers to document events in the field.

Utility has just released the industry’s first voice-activated, fully-secure officer worn camera: the BodyWorn. Not only is BodyWorn equipped with high-resolution video, internal GPS and real-time connectivity, video is immediately uploaded to the video or to cloud storage. No waiting until the end of the shift to manually upload video, instead, video is immediately available to supervisors and central dispatch.

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Law enforcement arms itself with Dell rugged technology

November 12, 2014

At the Dell World Expo Hall one of the more crowded areas was the Dellpolice car.

Just about a week before the opening of Dell World, an Atlanta-based solution provider named Utility Inc. announced a partnership with Dell Inc. that will see the hardware vendor develop rugged mobility solutions for the law enforcement marketplace.

Utility specializes in connectivity and mobile video for first responders and their flagship product is the cloud-based AVaiL Web and the Witness Generation 2 Bodyworn Camera.

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High-Speed Policing

November 3, 2014

The rapid spread of devices and databases sharing data via high-speed 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE) wireless networks is leading to a revolution in police access to information.

Utility, a company that makes body-worn cameras (a product line called “BodyWorn”) was hawking a new line that can live-stream to central command and automatically pairs footage with GPS and an accelerometer.

Despite fears by officers and civilians that such cameras could violate privacy rights or complicate policing, Robert McKeeman, Co-Founder of Utility, said there’s no stopping the soon-to-be ubiquity of cameras in policing.

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Utility unveils all-in-one in-car router and DVR for G2 body cams

October 26, 2014

Utility Inc. is displaying the new CORE in-car combination 4G LTE wireless router and DVR for the Generation 2 body-worn camera at the IACP conference.

CORE takes the preexisting technologies of video recording and wireless internet access and combines them into one compact device, to free up space in squads and provide 120 GB of storage.

Utility took the features of the Rocket — a rugged Wi-Fi mobile hotspot for universal communications — and applied them to what is now the all-in-one CORE system.

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Mobile Industry on the Move October 25

October 25, 2014

Dell entered into partnership with Utility to expand its Rugged Mobility solutions. Dell will begin selling Utility's cloud-based AVaiL Web mobile Internet of Things (IoT) software as a service (SaaS), as well as two new products—the Utility Ultimate Witness Generation 2 Bodyworn Camera and the CORE Video Recorder Wireless Router.

"Future Dell products will be integrated with Utility's AVaiL Web IoT cloud-based software to provide situational awareness and safety for jobs that include first responders, utility field crews, oil and gas industry professionals and public transit operators," said Ed Chun, Dell Rugged Product and Solutions Strategy Manager.

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Dell gets into mobile Internet of Things through new partnership

October 23, 2014

 Utility Inc., an Atlanta-based solution provider who specializes in connectivity and mobile video for first responders, has entered into a partnership with Dell Inc. that will see the hardware vendor develop rugged mobility solutions.

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Wearable Cameras for Law Enforcement Enhance Evidence Collection

October 15, 2014

Wearable cameras have recently taken center stage as a silver bullet for mediating law enforcement officer’s (LEO’s) operations in the field. Demand for cameras has reached a fever pitch coinciding with media coverage surrounding events like the Ferguson, MO protests.

Studies show that when officers come into contact with the public, wearable cameras have a positive effect on behavior all around. When integrated properly, cameras offer citizens and LEO’s a fair and accurate representation of the events. However, if an agency fails to do its homework or properly train officers on the new platform, inefficiencies and abuse can crop up.

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Examining IoT in Public Safety

October 9, 2014

As Bob McKeeman, CEO of Utility,, a provider of mobile resource management solutions, says, the connected world and the IoT (Internet of Things) is coming to public safety. Thanks to M2M and connected devices that can collect realtime data, such as body-worn video cameras used by public-safety professionals, it’s possible to create a so-called “evidence ecosystem” that, as McKeeman describes, encourages citizens “to be on their best behavior.”

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Utility Releases White Paper on Generation 2 Body-Worn Cameras

October 2, 2014

Utility Associates, Inc., the industry leader in Critical Connectivity and Mobile Video for First Responders, today announced the publication of a white paper on the issues faced by law enforcement agencies regarding body-worn cameras.

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Video A Growing Part of Internet of Things Technology

September 4, 2014

According to Robert McKeeman, CEO of Atlanta-based Utility Associates Inc., the Internet of Things has different definitions, depending on the point of view and the type of data. Some people define it as small devices talking to one another with simple messages, like a thermostat or telemetry equipment at a drilling rig site, such as a drilling pump or separation equipment. But McKeeman also includes video as one of the solutions available through Internet of Things technologies.

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Atlanta Tech Edge featuring Bob McKeeman from Utility

August 24, 2014

You may remember the movie Minority Report, now Atlanta-based Utility is using their technology to help police departments across the nation predict crimes.

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Northern District of Georgia Hears Patent Dispute Erupts Over Mobile Digital Recording Devices

August 6, 2014

Utility Associates, Inc. (“Utility”), a Delaware corporation with a place of business in Tucker, Georgia, filed a patent infringement action on June 12, 2014, against Digital Ally Inc. (“Digital”), a Nevada corporation operating out of Lenexa, Kansas relating to United States Patent No. 6,831,556 (the ‘556 Patent) entitled “Composite Mobile Digital Information System,” which issued on December 14, 2004. In the Technical Field paragraph the patentee described the system as follows: “In particular, the present invention is directed to a system for use in public and commercial vehicles to capture video, audio, and related information for surveillance and evidentiary purposes.”

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Patent Dispute Erupts Over Mobile Digital Recording Devices

August 6, 2014

Utility Associates, Inc. (“Utility”), a Delaware corporation with a place of business in Tucker, Georgia, filed a patent infringement action on June 12, 2014, against Digital Ally Inc. (“Digital”), a Nevada corporation operating out of Lenexa, Kansas relating to United States Patent No. 6,831,556 (the ‘556 Patent) entitled “Composite Mobile Digital Information System,” which issued on December 14, 2004. In the Technical Field paragraph the patentee described the system as follows: “In particular, the present invention is directed to a system for use in public and commercial vehicles to capture video, audio, and related information for surveillance and evidentiary purposes.”

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Blair hits ground running at Utility Associates

May 30, 2014

Blair, vice president and chief financial officer at Utility Associates Inc., took top honors in the Small Private Company category of the 2014 CFO of the Year Awards sponsored by Atlanta Business Chronicle in partnership with the Association for Corporate Growth Atlanta chapter.

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March 1, 2014

The Rodney King story is a potent reminder about the enormous power that police officers haveand how it can sometimes be abused. That was the case of an African-American who was repeatedly beaten by Los Angeles police officers, and was arguably the impetus for the 1992 Los Angeles riots. TheKing incident signifies just how disproportionate use-of -force could shutter the reputation of the policeand lead into social cataclysm. Importantly, there are still somewhat similar cases taking place, despitebefforts to stop such behavior through better training and prosecution of rogue officers. Are these incidentsunavoidable?

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