January 2015 Newsletter

Technology Update Body Worn Cameras


At Winbourne Consulting, we take great pride in keeping our customers abreast of emerging technologies and providing them with up-to-date approaches and assistance in their implementation. This article focuses on Body Worn Cameras (BWC) and will provide some recommendations to help departments successfully procure, design, configure, train, implement and maintain them.


There are numerous reasons for departments to implement a BWC system. Our research has revealed that in numerous cases, the agencies procured and deployed body worn cameras without a comprehensive understanding of all factors that should be considered. Below are some high level topics and questions that should be discussed and resolved to successfully complete a BWC project.


  • Like with all new programs, a strategic plan that clearly defines the overall goals and objectives that the department wants to accomplish with the BWC system and identifies the level of effort is essential to successfully implement a BWC project.
  • Legal guidelines, typical policies and procedures need to be researched. For example, each state may have different rules and regulations regarding the ability to video and audio record people in various settings. There is a significant difference between recording a person who is the subject of a traffic stop or criminal investigation versus being in someone’s home for a non-criminal incident.
    • What is the state law concerning BWC systems and rights of privacy?
    • Has the department/jurisdiction attorney and local District Attorney been engaged for their input?
  • Typical policies and procedures need to be researched. Examples of issues that should be addressed include:
    • When and when not should a body worn camera be activated?
    • How will the department manage media that should not have been captured?
    • What are the policies and procedures a department will employ regarding the utilization of a BWC system?
  • Should the Department implement a BWC system versus standalone camera technology? There are many facets to implementing a BWC system including:
    • BWC system components – Recording device, charging device, upload process, wireline (cables) and wireless (modems) networks, BWC storage solution, software used to manage the information and system that will be used to copy BWC media for legal proceedings, administrative investigations and public records requests
    • Who will be the assigned BWC system administrator?
    • How many BWC devices will the department deploy?
    • How will the media on the BWC camera be transferred to a digital media storage system?
    • Will officers have to physically travel to a location to upload BWC data or will a wireline or wireless solution be employed?
    • How will every component of the BWC system be maintained, repaired and replaced?
  • Police Officer Digital media storage considerations will need to be addressed. Law enforcement agencies increasingly have multiple forms of digital media including in-car camera systems, interview room/surveillance video, pictures and audio. The rules of evidence, public records law and administrative rules apply equally to all of these types of media. Agencies need to have a comprehensive digital media plan. Questions for this area include:
    • Where will the different types of digital media be stored?
    • How is the department ensuring that all digital media comply will the legal guidelines and standards that apply to the various types of media ?
    • What is the current and future volume of digital media that must be stored and maintained?
    • What are the initial and recurring costs for employing multiple storage solutions versus a single solution?
    • What are the personnel time consumption costs for employing multiple storage solutions versus a single solution?
    • Can an existing digital media storage solution be leveraged and expanded to handle the large volume of BWC data?
  • How will the additional media that is captured be managed? Capturing video is the easy part. It is the management and retrieval of the captured video that requires a detailed plan. Issues that need to be addressed include:
    • How will each type of video segment be categorized? Various types of video segment include traffic stop, field initiated stop, criminal investigation, evidence, complaint, use of force, etc.
    • Who will be responsible for tagging video segments that must be maintained?
    • How long will each category be maintained in the system before it is purged?
    • Who will have access to BWC data?
    • What is the department’s policy and process to provide BWV data to local District Attorney, administrative personnel, news media and public records requests?
  • Quality Assurance – How will the department ensure all applicable legal statutes, policies, procedures and training instruction are being followed on an on-going basis?


For any department that has already embarked into the BWC arena or is in the beginning stages of deploying a BWC system, Winbourne Consulting can assist them in the successful implementation of a BWC system by providing a multitude of services including:

  • Facilitating the development of a digital media strategic plan and BWC system project plan,
  • Completing a current state assessment of digital media systems, policies and procedures,
  • Project management for the selection and implementation of the system.


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Chilean National Emergency Network


District of Columbia Office of Unified Communications (OUC)The Winbourne Consulting team working to design the Chilean National Emergency Network presented our final report to the Ministry of Transportation Telecommunications’ Undersecretariat of Telecommunications (SUBTEL) in Santiago on January 15th. The National Emergency Network (NEN) project was funded through a grant from the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).


The NEN design which approved by SUBTEL is a highly redundant solution that will provide disaster management and other first responders with a secure means to communicate during a major disaster as well as on a daily, routine basis.


The origins for this project is founded in the 2010 Chile earthquake that occurred off the coast of central Chile on Saturday, 27 February 2010, having a magnitude of 8.8 on the moment magnitude scale, with intense shaking lasting for about three minutes. The earthquake triggered a tsunami which devastated several coastal towns in south-central Chile. This event ranked as the sixth largest earthquake ever to be recorded by a seismograph. It was felt strongly in six Chilean regions (from Valparaíso in the north to Araucanía in the south), that together make up about 80 percent of the country's population. By most standards, the earthquake was a catastrophe for Chile. The economic losses totaled $30 Billion USD or 17% of the GDP of the country. Yet only 521 fatalities have been confirmed, with 56 people missing and presumed dead in the tsunami.


SUBTEL approved the design and is reviewing implementation and financing options. The National Emergency Network will be contracted by SUBTEL and operated by ONEMI, the national disaster management agency.


Ada County, Idaho Sheriff’s Office


ADA County State of IdahoWinbourne Consulting has been awarded a contract to provide Project Management and Subject Matter Expertise services to the Ada County, Idaho Sheriff’s Office Records Management Upgrade Project. As part of the contract, Winbourne is also providing Quality Assurance and Risk Management services throughout all phases of the implementation.





Industry Events

9-1-1GTW 2015 is February 22-25

Arlington, Virginia


9-1-1 Goes to Washington9-1-1 Goes To Washington is a dynamic forum with educational sessions, keynote speeches and outreach on today's most critical 9-1-1 and emergency communications policy issues. Attendees hear directly from policy makers, Members of Congress, FCC Commissioners and Administration officials and represent their state in meetings on Capitol Hill.


911 Goes to Washington


JEMS Conference

February 25-28 2015

Baltimore Convention Center

Baltimore, Maryland


9-1-1 Goes to WashingtonThe EMS Today Conference & Expo provides EMS professionals with wonderful education opportunities to earn continuing education, network and see the latest EMS products launching in the exhibit hall.





APCO Emerging Technology Forum 2014March 10-11, 2014

Dallas Marriott City Center

Dallas, Texas

This two-day event will bring together attendees and industry leaders to discuss technologies that are on the horizon and address the challenges of the ever-changing landscape of public safety communications.





The Call for Presentations has closed and the LEIM Board of Officers is evaluating the workshop proposals received. Selections will be made shortly and the full conference program will be announced





Articles of Interest



The NENA NG9-1-1 Policy Routing Rules Operations Guide assists 9-1-1 Governing Authorities in using Policy Routing Rules (PRRs) during the full life cycle of a NG9-1-1 System. The document provides considerations and recommendations to 9-1-1 Governing Authorities implementing NG9-1-1 systems.





U.S. Department of Homeland SecurityNational Conversation on Homeland Security Technology

Homeland Security launched the National Conversation on Homeland Security Technology—a multi-directional series of online and in-person discussions intended to foster exchange between everyone – responders and other users, industry, government, academia, and citizens. This is forum for everyone to come together to discuss issues such as equipping the responder of the future, enabling homeland security decision makers, establishing a trusted cyber future, screening at speed, and creating resilient communities.


National Conversation on Homeland Security Technology



Communication Preferences Continue to Change and Diversify

The 2013 study showed that nearly one-in-three (28 percent) emergency managers identify the public’s varied communication preferences as the greatest challenge they face. As communication preferences continue to change and diversify, emergency managers must consider a layered approach that can reach all community members effectively and efficiently.


National study finds that...



IWCE LogoFCC Scheduled to Vote on 911 Indoor Location-Accuracy Rules This Month

FCC commissioners are scheduled to consider the issue of indoor location accuracy for wireless 911 calls. If approved, the vote would boost location information sharing between carriers and public-safety communication officials and enable public-safety answering points (PSAPs) to leverage technology to better pinpoint a caller’s location.


FCC scheduled to vote on 911 indoor location-accuracy rules this month