Police violence in Missouri, New York, Maryland and South Carolina have turned the issue of body cameras into a mainstream topic of debate.
But as more police departments begin mandating wearable video, what happens when all that content needs to be stored, retrieved and shared with prosecutors? After unfortunate incidents take place, the amount of data that has to be quickly tapped can create chaos.
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A possible solution is coming from an unlikely source: Taser.
The manufacturer of police stun guns—and more recently body cameras—is moving from hardware to software. The company is doing its part to build the law enforcement cloud and is utilizing a subscription business model pioneered in Silicon Valley.
"Video is just the tip of the iceberg," said Luke Larson, president of Scottsdale, Arizona-based Taser. "There's a bigger story around using a cloud-based service and how do agencies keep up with all of this inflation of information and the digital explosion."