In business since 1957, Martel Electronics is a global
manufacturer of police digital in-car mobile video systems. Their new DC3
Digital Cruiser is so small it fits in the palm of your hand. It features
solid-state technology, easy-to-learn three-button operation, wireless police-car
camera downloading, and 802.11 wireless video-file transfer capabilities.
The Martel DC3 Digital Cruiser records directly to a 128GB SDHC card that holds
300 hours of recording time. A USB card reader is included for direct video
downloading, and can be erased and re-used 1 million times. Pre-event recording
captures up to two minutes of video before activation and easily documents
probable cause. The new police car camera video marking feature allows the
officer to “mark” the spot on the video for later reference. Event tags can be
customized to each police camera system to meet an agency’s unique needs.
The 2.4 GHz digital wireless microphone features 40 digital channels that allow
numerous systems to operate in close proximity without interference, and automatically
turns on when the system is activated. With Martel’s Police Camera Video
Management Software, a two-hour video can be burned to a playable DVD for use
in court cases in less than five minutes. The DC3 installs in minutes and is
priced at $2,995.
According to Jason Smith, Martel Electronics Law Enforcement
Division, many agencies prefer purchasing complete systems from one vendor to
prevent costly repair and replacement. “Departments are tired of replacing low-quality
patchwork systems combining components from different manufacturers that need
to be switched out repeatedly. Even if the retailer offers an extended warranty
for free, it’s too much trouble and leads to down time,” Smith said.
Martel also provides support to ensure successful implementation
of their products. “In the last year, we have successfully outfitted small,
medium, and large departments including one of our most advanced space
exploration facilities (Vandenberg AFB), in California, with wireless video
uploading and driver license scanning technology.