Fulton County Police Joins Seven Other Atlanta-Area Law Enforcement Departments in Purchasing Utility's BodyWorn™ Automatic Recording Cameras
December 14, 2016
FULTON COUNTY, Ga., Dec. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Utility, Inc. announced today that the Fulton County Police Department, representing the largest County in the state of Georgia and home to the city of Atlanta, has chosen to equip its officers with BodyWorn™ body cameras. The decision was part of the Department's ongoing effort to enhance transparency and increase public trust throughout unincorporated Fulton County. BodyWorn™ is the only body camera solution that offers automatic, policy-based recording functionality. Fulton County, which purchased 110 BodyWorn™ body cameras, joins Clayton County, DeKalb County, Lilburn, Marietta, Decatur, the Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) and the Atlanta Department of Corrections in Metro Atlanta to choose BodyWorn™.
Gulfport Police Department in Mississippi to Equip Officers With Policy-Based, Automatically Recording BodyWorn™ Cameras
December 12, 2016
GULFPORT, Miss., Dec. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Utility, Inc. announced today that the Gulfport Police Department in Mississippi will be deploying 100 of Utility's revolutionary BodyWorn™ body cameras and 100 Rocket IoT™ systems for its in-vehicle recording and communication optimization. Equipping its officers with BodyWorn™, the industry's only police body camera to feature policy-based automatic recording triggers, will enhance transparency and trust by ensuring that the City of Gulfport's specific recording policies are followed every time without bias or human error.
Utility Introduces Revolutionary Crime Scene Documentation Technology at IACP 2016
October 12, 2016
DECATUR, Ga., Oct. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Utility, Inc. announced today that it will now offer the industry's first digital crime scene imaging system, the Smart Scene 360™. This new product represents the next generation in the evolution of body camera technology, and it is intended to provide a higher level of situational awareness while enhancing mission critical intelligence. Smart Scene 360™ —along with Utility's full suite of products, including BodyWorn™—will be on display throughout the 123rdInternational Chiefs of Police Annual Conference and Exposition (IACP) in San Diego, California from October 15 – 18, 2016 at theBodyWorn™ by Utility booth (#1939). Utility will have a virtual reality room at IACP so that attendees can personally experience Smart Scene 360™.
The Colorado Springs Police Department Purchased 500 Automatic Recording Body Cameras
August 25, 2016
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., Aug. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Utility, Inc. announced today that the Colorado Springs Police Department has purchased 500 of its state-of-the-art BodyWorn™ body cameras, the only body camera available that automates the recording process. BodyWorn™ uses customizable, policy-based triggers to automatically initiate recording and ensure officers adhere to the Department's specific recording and privacy policies every time. In addition—because of its advanced Wi-Fi and 4G LTE connectivity—BodyWorn™ is also the only body camera to upload video as it is recorded to a secure cloud server as well as instant video playback. The Department is expected to begin deployment in the beginning of September, 2016.
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Indiana's Lawrence Police Department to Deploy Utility's BodyWorn™: The Only Body Camera Featuring Policy-Based Automatic Recording
August 22, 2016
LAWRENCE, Ind., Aug. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Utility, Inc. announced today that the Lawrence Police Department in Indiana will equip its police force with BodyWorn™ body cameras to provide transparency and accountability in police operations. BodyWorn™ is the only recording solution with policy-based recording.
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Georgia's Clayton County is Latest Police Department to Deploy Utility's BodyWorn™ Cameras
August 10, 2016
JONESBORO, Ga., Aug. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Utility, Inc. announced today that the Clayton County Police Department—headquartered in Jonesboro, Georgia—will officially deploy 200 of Utility's BodyWorn™ body cameras, as well as 200 Rocket IoT-X™ devices, for in-car communication. BodyWorn™ is the only product of its kind that enables policy-based, automatic recording triggers; state-of-the-art, automatic redaction software; real-time video offloading to a secure cloud server; and instant video playback. No other body camera provider offers these unique features.
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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. 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 inColorado; and Long Beach in California; Biloxi in Mississippi; and others throughout the country.
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Amazon Web Services Names BodyWorn™ as a 2016 Innovation Challenge Award Winner
June 22, 2016
Utility, Inc. announced today it has been recognized by Amazon as a winner of the 2016 Amazon Web Services (AWS) City on a Cloud Innovation Challenge. Utility was granted the award in the Partners in Innovation category, which goes to a technology partner that has deployed an innovative solution to solve a government challenge. Utility’s innovative use of Amazon cloud storage for its police body camera, in-vehicle recording and video redaction solutions were judged on uniqueness, number of users and the availability to governments in various regions that differ in size and scope. The award was presented at the 2016 Amazon AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, D.C.
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BodyWorn™ by Utility Leads Workshop Detailing the Future of Video Redaction Technology at the 40th Annual LEIM Training Conference and Technology Exposition
May 23, 2016
Utility, Inc., an industry leader in providing Mission Critical Intelligence, today announced it will host "The Future of Video Redaction Technology" workshop at the 40th Annual Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Training Conference and Technology Exposition on Wednesday, May 25 from 8:00 a.m.—9:00 a.m. in the Lone Star A4 room. Police chiefs, IT managers, technology specialists, criminal justice practitioners, researchers and industry-leading solution providers are invited to attend the event, led by Augustin Pruneda, Sergeant of the Bexar County Sheriff's Office in San Antonio, Texas and Mike Jander, BodyWorn™ Account Manager at Utility, Inc. LEIM attendees will also have the opportunity to experience Utility's BodyWorn ™, AVaiL Web™, Smart Redaction™ and Rocket IoT™, which will be presented throughout each day in Booth #121.
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Analysis Shows Automatic Redaction and Offloading Drastically Lowers Costs of Police Body Camera Deployment
May 20, 2016
Utility has published an analysis that shows how the 5-Year Total Cost of Ownership for police body cameras could be cut in half. The analysis, available for free download at http://bit.ly/1XEyrdU, provides insight into several hidden, yet unnecessary, expenses many police departments will face if they only consider the cost of the device when implementing a body camera program. This analysis shows the Utility BodyWorn™ solution can save law enforcement agencies more than $12,000 per camera over five years.
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Biloxi Police Department Selects Utility’s BodyWorn™ Cameras to Optimize the Transparency of its Body Camera Program
May 17, 2016
Utility’s Suite of Smart Recording Devices Enhance Biloxi Police Department Operations While Eliminating Unnecessary Costs
Utility, Inc. announced today that the Biloxi, Mississippi Police Department has officially approved the deployment of 120 BodyWorn™ body cameras and 100 Rocket™ in-vehicle wireless routers to supply its officers with state-of-the-art communication and video recording technology. BodyWorn™ is currently the only body camera product on the market that offers smart, automated recording capabilities.
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Lilburn and Marietta Police Departments Choose BodyWorn™ As Their Body-worn Camera Solution
April 27, 2016
Utility, Inc. announced that BodyWorn™, the only police body camera system that provides policy-based recording and automatic video redaction will be deployed by the Lilburn and Marietta Police Departments, both based in the Atlanta area. Lilburn and Marietta are the latest in a growing list of police agencies to adopt the smart capabilities that BodyWorn™ offers.
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Two More Law Enforcement Agencies Choose Utility's Rocket IoT™ to Equip Police Vehicles With Smart In-Car Recording Technology
April 25, 2016
Utility, Inc. announced today that the Baldwin County Sheriff's Department in Alabama and the Cameron Parish Sheriff's Department in Louisiana have officially chosen to equip their patrol cars with Utility's Rocket IoT™ smart, in-vehicle video recording technology. In addition to creating a 1,500 foot Wi-Fi hotspot around the vehicle, Rocket IoT™ is the first and only product available that integrates video recording features with advanced communication capabilities in one cost-effective system. The Baldwin County Sheriff's Office will equip its entire fleet of 78 patrol cars with Rocket IoT™; the Cameron Parish Sheriff's Office will be deploying 35 Rocket IoT™ systems.
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Bowie Police Department Chooses BodyWorn™ as its Body Camera Solution
April 19, 2016
BodyWorn™ is now the official body camera for the Bowie Police Department in Bowie, Maryland. The five-year agreement includes 55 BodyWorn™ units and 55 Rocket IoT™ units to provide the Department with state-of-the-art transparency and video management capabilities. The program is expected to be fully deployed by the end of June 2016.
"The decision to choose BodyWorn™ was made following a thorough evaluation process, which tested body camera products from numerous companies," said John Nesky, Chief of the Bowie Police Department. "The evaluation process involved real world usage both on the street and in training environments. We have been testing different body cameras for quite some time, but BodyWorn™ scored higher in several areas including camera stability, recording visibility and video storage. Some of the more significant deciding factors for the Department were the system's unique police-based recording triggers and the synergy between in-car and BodyWorn™ video made possible by the Rocket IoT™ system. A cost analysis also showed that it was one of the least expensive options. The technology and features coupled with the costs made BodyWorn™ our obvious choice."
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Utility Awarded U.S. Patent 9,282,495 for Automatic Switching to the Optimal Cellular Data Network
April 12, 2016
Utility Associates, Inc., announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded patent 9,282,495 for a device that can automatically switch to the optimal 3G / 4G-LTE cellular data network and carrier as a vehicle travels between Geofence Zones. This technology is embedded in the company’s new Rocket IoTTM Video Vehicle Wireless Router. As a vehicle travels through a service area, the patented device with an appropriate multi-carrier modem card will be able to automatically switch between 3G, 4G-LTE, and FirstNet networks and carriers to provide the fastest and most reliable cellular connection in any given location.
BodyWorn™ Now With Immediate HD Video Playback, Real-Time Classification, and Voice-to-Text Notes
April 4, 2016
The latest upgrade to the BodyWorn™ smart body-worn camera system is now available to instantly playback recorded HD video, classify video by retention categories, and enter notes via text entry and voice-to-text recognition. BodyWorn™ is the only body camera solution that can be configured to allow police officers to view recorded video on their body-worn device immediately after recording to improve the accuracy of incident classification.
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Atlanta Department of Corrections Becomes First Detention Facility to Deploy BodyWorn™ Camera Technology
January 28, 2016
ATLANTA, Jan. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Utility, Inc. officially announced today the Atlanta Department of Corrections has deployed Utility's BodyWorn™ police body cameras—the only automated, policy-based, body-worn police camera currently available on the market. The Atlanta Department of Corrections is the first and only detention facility to equip its personnel with BodyWorn recording technology to document interactions with inmates. Doing so enhances transparency, improves safety and bolsters trust between staff and detainees.
"Utility is an Atlanta-based company; knowing that the Atlanta Department of Corrections is using our products is special to us and it also shows the critical need for correctional facilities to deploy BodyWorn cameras to maintain transparent operations," said Robert McKeeman, CEO of Utility. "Our goal is to provide law enforcement organizations with policy-based recording and video management capabilities so officers can do their jobs safely while also being transparent about their interactions with suspects, witnesses and the community. We are thrilled to be a part of the first correctional facility to implement body cameras, and we look forward to working more closely with [Atlanta Department of Corrections] Chief Labat and the rest of the Atlanta Department of Corrections."
Utility Announces Three More Police Departments That Will Be Using BodyWorn™ As Their Officer-Worn Video Camera Systems
January 11, 2016
ATLANTA, Jan. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 CountySheriff'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.
"This announcement is a market confirmation of our team's success in providing police departments with the best possible solution to meet the accountability, transparency and privacy needs of the 21st century," said Robert McKeeman, CEO of Utility. "Our policy-based recording and video management system eliminates the need for police officers to have to remember to manually start video recording. It also provides accountability that recording will continue until the end of a situation, based upon the department's video recording policy. Police officers can focus on serving the public and staying safe, and not get distracted by also having to be a videographer. Citizen and police officer privacy is protected. This is the first of many major announcements Utility has in store for 2016."
Utility Appoints Three Key Members to its Strategic Advisory Board
December 10, 2015
ATLANTA, Dec. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Utility, the industry's only provider of policy-based police video recording and management software, officially announced today the appointment of three members to its Strategic Advisory Board. Retired Commissioner of the New York City Office of Emergency Management Joe Bruno, former Mayor of Atlanta Shirley Franklin, and retired US House of Representatives Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Livingood will provide strategic guidance as Utility provides BodyWorn / In-Vehicle Video and Internet of Things solutions to first responders, utilities, and public transit agencies in the US and around the world.
"This announcement comes at a very exciting time for Utility. Police departments throughout the country are deploying our BodyWorn™ and SmartRedaction™ solutions to enhance police accountability and transparency while protecting citizen and officer privacy rights," said Utility CEO Robert McKeeman. "The guidance provided by our Strategic Advisory Board will allow us to continue providing police departments, corrections departments and other customers with Video, Smart Redaction, and Internet of Things communications solutions that best fit their specific and unique needs."
Utility Unveils Industry's First Unified Video Management Software
October 25, 2015
CHICAGO, Oct. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Earlier today, Utility announced the unveiling of Rocket IoT™, the first-ever smart patrol car system that fully integrates video captured from In-Car and BodyWorn™ cameras. Rocket IoT™ enables police departments to view and manage police activity in a seamless, efficient and cost-effective manner. Unifying the entire evidence ecosystem eliminates the complexities that arise from having to sift through files on different platforms and ensures that there are no compatibility or readability issues. The announcement was made on the first day of the 2015 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and Expo held in Chicago from October 24 to October 27, 2015. The Rocket IoT™ and the video management software is on display at Booth #2625.
"This announcement is a watershed moment for law enforcement and the legal evidence technology industry," said Robert McKeeman, CEO of Utility. "With this unified system, officers will be able to view all in-car and BodyWorn™ videos for an incident in sync—even from multiple cars. Conversations will never again be lost in translation when going between multiple videos. Video administrators will no longer have to toggle sequentially through several video files to view an entire scene. Plus, this new solution is about half the cost of traditional in-car plus BodyWorn™ cameras and includes a BodyWorn™ camera."
Decatur Police Department to Deploy Utility’s BodyWorn Cameras
October 7, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia (October 07, 2015)—Utility Associates, Inc. today officially announced that the Decatur Police Department in Decatur, Georgia is currently deploying Utility’s BodyWornTM police body cameras—the only automated, policy-based body-worn police camera currently available on the market. The Decatur Police Department has equipped its police force of 47 officers with BodyWornTM police cameras. In addition to BodyWornTM, Utility’s RocketTM 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.
“We are thrilled to announce the Decatur Police Department has equipped its officers with our BodyWornTM police camera and RocketTM vehicle router technology,” said Robert McKeeman, CEO of Utility. “Our technology is developed to make capturing police camera video completely seamless and transparent at every step of the process—from recording, to uploading, to storing, to ensuring privacy protection when video is made public. The police officer does not have to be a videographer—they can focus on safely performing the task at hand. We applaud Chief Booker’s thorough evaluation process, and we are working closely with the Decatur Police Department as they deploy our Generation 2 body-worn camera system.”
Smart Redaction™ for Police body-worn video
September 14, 2015
DECATUR, Ga., Sept. 14, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- An Atlanta-based technology company, Utility Associates, Inc., today announced it has unveiled a state-of-the-art software that will blur-out faces and personally identifiable markings such as body tattoos to protect the privacy and identity of victims, innocent bystanders, minors and undercover police officers in police In-Car and Body-Worn video. This technology, Smart Redaction™, will save millions of dollars in manual video redaction labor costs and further ensure police protection, accountability and transparency.
"We are dedicated to keeping First Responders connected and in control during encounters and dangerous situations. At the same time, Smart Redaction allows police departments to respond to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for body-worn video on a timely basis, without the cost of a large staff to manually redact video," said Robert McKeeman, CEO of Utility.
Poll Shows Americans United in Need for Police Body Cameras
August 31, 2015
Atlanta, Georgia (August 31, 2015) – In a time of deep partisan divide, no other issue has united Americans like the need for police body cameras that will reliably record interactions with citizens and criminal suspects. A new nation-wide poll released today by Utility shows nearly 9 out of 10 people (89%) support equipping officers with body cameras. This unanimity crosses all political divides among Democrats (91%), Republicans (88%) and Independents (90%).
"I know of no other significant issue facing this country in which almost all Americans are in agreement," said Keith Frederick, of FrederickPolls. The poll not only examined people's views on police body cameras, but also the competing technologies that are now available.
Assuming the cost is about the same, 94 percent of respondents recommend having a police body camera that can send an automatic “Officer Down” emergency location report to Central Police Dispatch. 87 percent of survey participants want body cameras with automatic recording Start compared to a body camera that uses a manual on-off switch controlled by the officer. 86 percent of respondents want police body camera video recorded in High Definition. 80 percent prefer officers to have the body camera embedded in the officer’s body armor vest as opposed to a camera clipped onto the uniform that can easily fall off during a struggle as indicated by several recent news reports.
Federal Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal of Digital Ally’s Lawsuit against Utility
March 10, 2015
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--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.
In October 2013, Digital Ally filed a declaratory judgment complaint against Utility in the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas seeking a determination that Digital Ally did not infringe any claim of Utility’s U.S. patent 6,831,556 (‘556 patent). The declaratory judgment action was dismissed for lack of personal jurisdiction April 9, 2014, and that dismissal was affirmed without opinion by the Federal Circuit February 10, 2015. Additionally, the Federal Circuit has taxed Utility’s costs related to the appeal against Digital Ally.
Utility Granted U.S. Patent 8,781,475 for Automatic Cellular Communications Connectivity Methodology
July 28, 2014
ATLANTA, GA – July 28, 2014 – Utility Associates, Inc., the industry leader in Critical Connectivity and Mobile Video, announced today it has been granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the technology used in the company’s Rocket® Vehicle Router family of products.
The Rocket is a ruggedized universal wireless communications router that provides Wi- Fi connectivity and high-speed wireless upload for First Responder, Transit and Utility vehicles. The Rocket automatically switches between 3G and 4G LTE to provide the fastest and most reliable connectivity available wherever a vehicle travels.
U.S. Patent 8,781,475 was awarded to Utility for the location database system and method that automatically switches cellular data communications in Rocket wireless vehicle routers from 3G to 4G LTE mode whenever a vehicle travels into an area where reliable 4G LTE cellular connectivity is available. The patented technology reports cellular reliability and throughput on a geofence by geofence basis, so customers have their own coverage maps based on actual connectivity to and from vehicles in the field. The solution automatically updates the cell carrier quality database in all other Rocket vehicle routers when new 4G LTE cell towers are identified, so that all routers can automatically switch to the faster service when it is available to them.