Expect to See More Police Body Cams, IHS Markit Says

As more police officers use body cameras, the demand for sophisticated digital evidence management software becomes more essential.

Expect to See More Police Body Cams, IHS Markit Says

The global installed base for police body cameras is forecast to increase by nearly 30% in 2018, exceeding 1.5 million body-worn cameras in use worldwide, according to IHS Markit.

The growth in police body cameras is fueling disruption in the digital evidence-management market, Josh Woodhouse, principal analyst, video surveillance, IHS Markit, posits is a new research note.

With an associated increase in potential evidence collection, the capabilities of underlying digital evidence-management systems are becoming an increasingly critical factor in the ability of law enforcement to effectively manage and interpret huge repositories of digital evidence.

Woodhouse’s research note continues:

IHS Markit describes digital evidence-management software as software used to manage multimedia digital evidence. At the entry level, this software must be able to manage the storage of video captured through a body camera or an in-car video surveillance system, however, the initial ingest of media from the recording device does not need to be within the digital evidence-management software.

The software can act as a platform to connect existing repositories and device configuration applications. Digital evidence software can be bundled with body-worn cameras or in-car systems or sold separately.

The market for digital evidence-management software has evolved rapidly, since federal funding programs in the United States for law enforcement body-worn cameras were announced in 2014. This funding and subsequent initiatives stimulated and accelerated increases in shipments of body-worn cameras in the U.S. and globally, setting the current trajectory toward increasingly sophisticated digital evidence-management solutions.

The diagram above illustrates the evolution of capabilities in available digital evidence-management ecosystems. Example features are organized in four cumulative tiers, with increasing levels of feature sophistication, from tier one to tier four.

The capabilities of digital evidence-management software can range from simple media storage to sophisticated investigation and case-building tools. The evolution of the ecosystem and integrations with records management systems and other existing law enforcement workflows allow law enforcement to gain additional efficiencies and insights from digital multimedia evidence. These workflows offer the potential for quicker evidence availability and wider-reaching investigations.

The “Body Worn Cameras & Digital Evidence Management Report” from IHS Markit focuses on the global market for body cameras, digital evidence-management software and in-car video surveillance systems used by police and law enforcement.

This article originally ran in Campus Safety’s sister publication, Security Sales & Integration.

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