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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.

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.

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.

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.

Utility Launches CORE

October 31, 2014

Utility, www.utility.com, is making its way into the IoT (Internet of Things) industry with some key products and a newly announced partnership. Utility, a leader in critical connectivity for first responders, has unveiled the CORE vehicle server which combines its 4G/LTE wireless router technology with solid-state storage and digital ports for telemetry and accessories, including HD-IP digital video cameras.

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.

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.

Utility to debut CORE vehicle server for police in-car connectivity

October 24, 2014

Utility is all set to launch a new device – the CORE vehicle server – that combines Utility’s 4G LTE wireless router technology with solid-state storage and digital ports for telemetry and accessories, including HD IP digital video cameras. The CORE will debut on October 26, 2014, at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference.

“The CORE vehicle server is a game changer for police in-car connectivity and video storage, and it is the heart of the police car Evidence EcoSystem. In developing this new technology, we sought to drastically reduce costs for agencies while increasing video quality, storage, connectivity and reliability. Integrating all the necessary features into one unit simplifies installation and saves space in a police car.” – Ted Davis, President of Utility

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.

Utility to Launch New CORE Vehicle Server

October 23, 2014

Utility, the industry leader in Critical Connectivity and Mobile Video for First Responders, will launch a new device – the CORE vehicle server – that combines Utility’s 4G LTE wireless router technology with solid-state storage and digital ports for telemetry and accessories, including HD IP digital video cameras.

Utility Announces Partnership with Dell

October 22, 2014

Utility, the industry leader in Critical Connectivity and Mobile Video for First Responders, today announced it has entered into a partnership with Dell for Rugged Mobility solutions.

Examining IoT in Public Safety

October 9, 2014

As Bob McKeeman, CEO of Utility, www.utility.com, 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.”

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.

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. - See more at: http://www.rigzone.com/news/oil_gas/a/134742/Video_A_Growing_Part_of_Internet_of_Things_Technology/?all=HG2#sthash.VjboVwg3.dpuf

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. 

 

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.”

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.”

Utility Granted U.S. Patent 8,781,475 for Automatic Cellular Communications Connectivity Methodology

July 28, 2014

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.

Blair hits ground running at Utility Associates

May 30, 2014

Jason Blair is credited with jumping into a new job with both feet and making an immediate impact on operations and profitability.

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.