Motorola Solutions has announced the launch of the WatchGuard V300 body-worn camera, which is designed to address law-enforcement's need for cameras that remain operational beyond a 12-hour shift.

It can operate continuously due to the inclusion of swappable battery packs, 128 GB of memory and secure wireless uploading. The WatchGuard V300 will become part of the Motorola Solutions mission-critical ecosystem of unified voice, data, video and analytics.

“Battery life is the single biggest issue for agencies operating body cameras,” said John Kedzierski, senior vice president of Motorola Solutions’ Video Security Solutions group. “Historically, body cameras could not be used beyond a full shift until they were charged for 4 hours. The WatchGuard V300 allows officers to snap on a spare 12-hour battery pack to seamlessly extend operation into overtime, extra shifts or part-time jobs.”

The WatchGuard V300 has been developed to enable cameras to be pooled between law-enforcement officers, so agencies may purchase fewer cameras than they have officers. A camera can be returned at the end of one shift, electronically reassigned and immediately checked out with a spare battery pack to another officer.

Video files are encrypted on the device, and the files can be wirelessly uploaded to the WatchGuard Evidence Library cloud-based or on-premise evidence management system via wireless networks including LTE, FirstNet or WiFi. Files can also be transferred using WatchGuard’s new Transfer Station II.

The new device can also be integrated with WatchGuard’s 4RE in-car video systems, allowing for the capture of synchronised video of an incident from multiple vantage points. Additionally, Motorola Solutions’ Record-After-the-Fact incident recovery technology can be used to recover the video from an incident, even when a recording was not automatically triggered or the record button was not pressed.

Author: Charlotte Hathway