VIDMIC, a provider of officer-worn video, radio accessories and digital file management software located in Spanish Fork, Utah, unveils a new version of its VIDMIC body-worn video system, the VIDMIC VX2.
The VIDMIC VX2 delivers unprecedented video intelligence, longer run time and greater ease of use in a lighter, water-resistant unit that doubles as a video camera, video screen and shoulder microphone, the company says.
VIDMIC was the first company to bring to market an officer-worn video system in the United States, according to Todd Haynes, CEO of VIDMIC. The benefits of using wearable video cameras for police include increasing officer safety; documenting traffic violations and citizen behavior; reducing officer time in court; increasing the likelihood of successful prosecutions; providing evidence for internal investigations; as well as saving taxpayer dollars by reducing frivolous law suits, Haynes says.
“With the VX2, we are bringing officer-worn video for law enforcement to the next level,” Haynes said. “The VX2 is true to our patented design where the camera is mounted inside the shoulder microphone,” he said, adding, “The fact that no additional equipment is added to the uniform makes it a very attractive solution to officers.”
In addition, the VIDMIC VX2 has expanded the storage on the unit to 8GB and cranked the battery life to support 12 hours of stand by time and four hours of live video recording.” Other improvements include:
- Larger LCD screen: integrated video screen located on the back side of shoulder microphone
- Lighter case: the VX2 is about .5 ounces lighter than its predecessor
- Larger lens: increases the field of view by camera
- Low-light recording: better video quality in various lighting conditions
- Firmware upgrades: control a greatly expanded feature set to comply with various department/city policies
- Water resistant: new seals and form factor enable use in all weather conditions.
“Our officers greatly benefit by having video and audio capabilities available to them at any time,” said Lonnie Cook, Chief of Police at the Laredo Independent School District Police Department. “We’ve found that when people know we are using video technology, it has a tendency to immediately diffuse tense situations as well as providing irrefutable evidence of what happened,” he added.