Body-worn cameras (BWC), also known simply as ‘body cameras’, ‘body-worn video’ (BWV) or ‘wearable cameras’ are a device that attaches to the body which video and voice records interactions of the person wearing such a device. At Wall to Wall Communications we are launching body-worn cameras this 2020 to bring you enhanced levels of efficiency, security and safety to your business. As experts in communication technology we frequently get asked questions about body cameras and how they can help you in the day to day running of your business. In response we have written a guide answering your most frequently asked question so you can make the right decision for you…
- What are body-worn cameras?
Body cameras are relatively small devices that record video, audio and take photographic snapshots. They are worn on the body and allow for the recordings of the public/suspect/victim/customer. The recordings of a body camera can be stored, downloaded, reviewed and shared. This makes them flexible and applicable to a wide range of industries.
- Who should use body-worn cameras?
The answer is that they can be used by anyone! Body cameras are commonly used by the public sector by police, ambulance workers, military and firefighters to assist with requirements related to law enforcement. However they can be used by most businesses,. Industries that find the use of body cameras particularly effective include film production, security and retail, and any other industry that requires a significant amount of interaction with the public.
- What are the benefits of body-worn cameras?
Body cameras can help different businesses in different ways. The most proven benefits include:
- The reduction of false accusations
- Video and voice recordings can be used for training and monitoring purposes
- Recordings provide admissible evidence in courts
- Deterrence of unlawful actions
- Increase levels of accountability
- Where do you wear a body-worn camera?
Typically the body-worn camera is attached to the front torso of the wearer. This gives the most accurate recording of face-to-face interactions, location and activity. However, body-worn cameras can be worn anywhere on the body; attached to headgear, worn as glasses or on the shoulder. The addition of body straps and cases can keep body cameras in place and prevent wear and tear.
- What are the benefits of a body-worn camera over dashboard cameras and CCTV cameras?
Where dashboard cameras and CCTV cameras are either fixed to a vehicle or a building, they are only able to capture video from that particular angle or location. Dashboard and CCTV cameras also don’t typically record audio, merely record behaviour and physical interactions. However, body cameras are worn on the person’s body, allowing a video and voice recording to be made wherever he or she may go. This makes body-worn cameras more flexible and particularly useful if your business involves movement and social interaction.
- What type of body-worn cameras are available to buy?
Body-worn cameras come in a wide variety to suit a variety of needs. Body cameras can vary in weight, camera size, battery life, camera placement, quality of video, field of view, day/night vision, quality of video, download capability, playback capacity, charge time and cost. Body cameras also have the option of additional features such as ‘push to record’ buttons, playback in the field, upload in the field and touch screen controls. This means your body camera can be tailored to your particular needs.
- Where can I buy body-worn cameras?
Here at Wall to Wall! Coming this 2020 we will be stocking a selection of body-worn cameras. As experts in communication technology with over 40 years of experience, we are expanding our product ranges to include body cameras so you can meet your company’s needs in one place.