people view the use of cameras in patrol cars primarily as a way to collect
evidence and protect officers from false accusations. But, video technology
goes beyond that by enhancing officer safety and professionalism, improving
agency accountability, and assisting in prosecution and case resolution. The
following companies provide high-quality video systems to the public safety
a motorcycle video solution is a unique challenge in that it essentially
requires the capabilities of an in-car system with the added harsh vibrations
and weather conditions that come with being on a motorcycle. Certified to meet
military specifications, Coban’s Edge MC’s solid-state architecture is designed
with those conditions in mind.
Coban’s solution is durable but still compact, and compatible with other Coban
video systems in the fleet. The system’s FailSafe dual hard drive ensures that
even in the event of an accident, the video can be retrieved. One of the
standout features is the Edge MC’s RFID log-in, which allows users quick and
secure access to the system controls. Video tagging and management can be done
through the simple user interface, and the option to upload video or initiate
system updates wirelessly or manually.
features include that it supports two cameras, with compact, versatile mounting
options, and it’s weatherproof. The microphone has 900 MHz and is clear up to
1,000 ft., with up to 10 hours talk time; a rechargeable lithium-ion battery
with three-day standby time; and a 21-day hibernate mode. The monitor is
dust-resistant with glove-friendly buttons, offers anti-glare, and has built-in
RFID for rapid log-in. It costs less than $5,500 per system.
a Safety Vision company, ICOP is a provider of mobile video solutions for the
law enforcement, military and Homeland Security markets. The ICOP Model 20/20-W
is a digital in-video recorder system capable of live streaming video to
multiple authorized viewers for real-time situational awareness. With a 40 GB
vehicle-grade removable hard drive or a 32 GB solid-state drive in a
shock-resistant case, and offers up to 128GB solid-state memory options. The
ICOP Model 20/20-W provides up to 16 hours of real-time recording in high
Model 20/20W offers a handlebar mounted two-button auxiliary control unit for
quick-access to most commonly used features, such as record, stop, power and
mark; support for video multiple upload methods, including a removable hard
drive, wireless (using 5GHz 802.11n) or Ethernet; operates up to three cameras
and three audio sources and records up to two cameras simultaneously. You can
also “mark” exact event locations (with GPS).
ICOP’s system is built rugged to withstand the rigors of law enforcement
motorcycle duty. The proprietary software prevents unauthorized access and
editing of video and protects chain of custody. Its high-performance
purpose-built wireless microphone is designed from the ground up for law
offers ease of use—all commonly used functions are either automated, or
available within one to two button presses. It also features a
password-protected electronic lock on the faceplate and in-vehicle
classification codes (customizable by system administrators), for easy video
search and retrieval.
ICOP Extreme Wireless Mic uses 900 MHz transceiver, with automatic activation
and a range greater than 2,000 feet with a direct line of sight and includes
belt clip. The wireless microphone uses frequency hopping spread spectrum
(FHSS) narrowband FM, providing privacy, security and interference avoidance.
The dual microphone ICOP Extreme Mic base charges up to two mics.
offers multiple activation triggers: manual, or automatic in conjunction with
lights, siren or wireless microphone, collision, or up to three additional
varies based on configuration, approximately $4,795.
Kustom Signals Inc.
Signal’s Road Warrior is designed to withstand the harsh conditions of
motorcycle use. It provides officers the ability to capture video regardless of
vehicle type. Easy-to-use controls allow riders to keep their eyes on the road.
officers also need the protection of an on-board video system. Rather than a
modified in-car system, Lenexa, Kan.-based Kustom Signal’s Road Warrior was
specifically designed to withstand the harsh weather and environmental
conditions of a police motorcycle. The compact DVR and wireless audio base
mount securely in the saddle bag or radio box, while the waterproof controller
and camera are seamlessly integrated at the front of the bike for simple/safe
is compact and lightweight. It features ExpanseDSS wireless audio supplements
video recordings; total power consumption is 1 amp; and the automatic record
function triggers include emergency lights, siren and wireless mic. Kustom
Signal’s Raptor RP-1 offers high-performance and a small profile.
Raptor RP-1 with DuraTrak quickly acquires targets at great ranges. Directional
capability allows you to monitor vehicles from approaching or receding for
maximum performance and easy use.
feature includes DuraTrak Target Tracking, providing added confidence in target
identification. TruTrak VSS interface enables automated mode switching between
moving and stationary modes, eliminating shadowing and patrol combining. Smart
Patrol Search operates when the speedometer input is not connected to reduce
shadowing and patrol combining when coming out of hold mode.
features directional K and Ka band radar, DuraTrak Target Tracking, TruTrak
with automatic mode switching; LCD display and backlight make Raptor easy to
use in direct sunlight or at night; waterproof display and antennas and online
operator training. It is also available with single or dual antennas, K or
Signal’s ProLaser 4 is a high-performance handheld LIDAR with specifically
designed motorcycle holster. Designed for the ultimate precision experience,
the new ProLaser 4 delivers unmatched target acquisition, range and
performance. Superior optics, advanced software, and a narrow beam width
provide exceptional performance. Ergonomically designed, the rugged,
forward-sweep pistol grip and trigger angle provide a balanced fit. The unit is
specifically angled to align your hand, arm, eyes and target while ensuring a
comfortable, secure grip.
features include internal memory, fast target acquisition, great range (from 10
to 8,000 feet), a small, light profile (at only 2.5 pounds); a simple user
interface with one-touch controls; a high-contrast OLED graphical display, and
speed and range in HUD; and it comes with eight AA rechargeable batteries and
also features a rugged, forward-sweep pistol grip design and Hogue Cobblestone
over-sleeve grip and proportioned finger grooves. It comes with a three-year
warranty, and a motorcycle holster is available.
N.J.-based L-3’s CycleVision Digital Video Recording System for motorcycles
offers the rugged reliability of solid-state memory enables motorcycle
patrolmen the ability to record video and audio evidence. The solid-state
advantages of L-3 Mobile-Visions proven Flashback2 Digital Video Recorder make
it ideal for motorcycle or marine applications.
Mobile Vision’s Flashback3 CycleVision enables motorcycle patrols to record the
same critical video and audio evidence that patrol cars capture. CycleVision
combines three of the most important features your motor units need, according
to the company. The lightweight and ultra-compact design allows for
installation flexibility, and the high-quality D1 video captures clear,
detailed video footage and the same automated wireless video uploads as the
rest of your fleet—and you can actually move the unit back and forth between
your vehicles and motorcycles, as it can be used with both. And the pre-event
recording feature captures up to 60 seconds of video prior to record
offers solid-state media—it can withstand the constant shock and vibration
associated with motorcycles and water crafts; a weatherproof monitor console
that includes 3.5-inch color LCD monitor, a speaker with adjustable volume and
backlit operational controls that duplicate the front panel controls of the
weatherproof CycleVision camera has a 1/3-inch high-resolution color camera,
0.1 Lux with 3.8mm wide-angle lens and sunshield for glare reduction. It also
features a patented VoiceLink Plus wireless microphone.
in-vehicle incident classification, you have the ability to designate an
incident (DUI, reckless, domestic, etc.) immediately after the incident is
concluded. This classification (or priority level) is passed to the management
solution in the agency where definable operational rules allow for the
automated processing and categorization of specific classes of incidents.
compact flash card is available in 8GB, 16GB or 32GB for storing eight to 32
hours of high-quality D1 Video.
compact design allows for easy storage in the saddlebag and it draws less than
2 amps of power, so it won’t drain a motorcycle’s battery. It also will turn on
with lights, sirens, configurable speed trigger or VLP wireless microphone.
also is an optional package that provides cables and a switch for providing
remote-start record capabilities, which is used when the monitor is permanently
mounted in an enclosed compartment on the motorcycle. The switch is typically
mounted on the handlebars.
in 1957, Martel Electronics is a global manufacturer of police digital in-car
mobile video systems. All Martel products are hand assembled by a highly
experienced engineer, and each system is individually signed by that same
craftsman as a symbol of pride and experience. As a premier outfitter for
various electronics to all branches of law enforcement and the United States
government, Martel strives to tailor their products to suit each agency’s
Martel DC3 Digital Cruiser is a compact video camera system that records
directly to a 128GB SDHC card capable of holding 300 hours of recording time.
It features easy-to-learn three-button operation, wireless police car camera
downloading, and 802.11 wireless video-file transfer capabilities. 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.
2.4 GHz digital wireless microphone features 40 digitals 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.
new DC3M Digital Cruiser Solid-State Motor Video System is a dual-camera system
designed specifically for law enforcement professionals. The DC3M is built to
withstand harsh conditions and with no moving parts, such as hard drives,
buttons and toggle switches, offers an extended service life. Because the High
Definition video is recorded in MPEG format, it is ready to burn to DVD,
eliminating the hours of trans-coding needed by other systems. Touch-screen
technology and a streamlined interface take the frustration out of using a
camera system in your cycle.
DC3M features a wireless 2.4GHz police microphone system that is built into a
5.0-inch waterproof touchscreen. The external waterproof camera system is color
for daylight operations and has night vision capability for dark conditions. Optional
Wireless Video Downloading provides automatic wireless download and transfer of
video, and automates all evidence processing. Built to Military 810G
specifications, the system is designed for installation on all motorcycle
manufacturers and models. Advanced 128-bit security and SPI firewall protection
safeguards both the video transfer and all computers on the network.
DC3M records directly to a Solid State Secure Digital (SDHC) flash card that
holds 8.5 hours of recording time on normal mode, and five hours on high
resolution. Other features include a Pre-event Recording & Auto-Record
Trigger and a mark button to flag important events (i.e. drunk driving or
wanted suspect). The DC3M is firmware upgradeable, and offers Back Office Video
Management Software options with no user fees. Perfect for every size police
department, the DC3M Motorcycle Video System is priced at $3,999.00.
to Jason Smith, Martel Electronics Law Enforcement Division, the major
advantages of the DC3M are its compact waterproof touchscreen, dual front and
rear cameras, and quick and easy wireless video transfer. Smith also points out
that many agencies choose Martel because they 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.”
based in Allen, Texas, announced a brand-new version of its 4RE in-car video
system designed specifically for motorcycles. The new 4RE Motorcycle system
features a compact, wide dynamic range camera, a 1,000 nit (units of visible
light intensity) brightness touchscreen display packaged in a cast-aluminum
waterproof enclosure, the industry’s first HiFi wireless microphone system and
a saddlebag cable and mounting kit for the 4RE solid-state recorder.
system is manufactured in the U.S. and uses only industrial/automotive
temperature-range electrical components (instead of mere commercial-rated
components), which gives 4RE the widest operating temperature range in the
industry (-40oF to +185oF), according to the company.
4RE motorcycle system can be configured to transfer video wirelessly by
utilizing the 4RE 802.11n radio system, or video can be transferred by using
the redundant and secure removable USB flash drive. The system can be
configured to work with either WatchGuard’s enterprise class Evidence Library 3
backend software or the new ELX Video Management Software, which is included
Yesenia Salcedo is technical editor for LAW and ORDER, Tactical Response and Police Fleet Manager
Magazines. She may be reached at YDSalcedo@gmail.com.