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Utility, Inc. has announced that the Gulfport Police Department in Mississippi will be deploying 100 of Utility’s revolutionary BodyWorn body cameras and 100 Rocket IoT  systems for its in-vehicle recording and communication optimization. Equipping its officers with BodyWorn, the industry’s only police body camera to feature policy-based automatic recording triggers, will enhance transparency and trust by ensuring that the City of Gulfport’s specific recording policies are followed every time without bias or human error.

“We have spent a great deal of time researching body camera systems.  There is a significant price tag with these technologies.  We wanted to ensure that we found the best product for our needs,” said Sergeant Joshua Bromen, public information officer for the Gulfport Police Department. “The system we found, BodyWorn, stood out from so many other products. Our concerns about flexibility of technology and data storage were easily addressed by this company. It will provide us with a camera system that is truly tailored for law enforcement.  We are looking forward to getting our BodyWorn system out in the field.”

BodyWorn was chosen following a comprehensive evaluation process comparing proposals submitted by five different body camera companies. BodyWorn scored 100 points higher than the next highest performing body camera device in the equipment and ability to perform category. Jackson, Mississippi-based PILEUM, an authorized reseller of BodyWorn and Utility’s IT consultant and systems integration partner, will work alongside Utility to help the Gulfport Police Department deploy BodyWorn. PILEUM also helped facilitate the purchase of BodyWorn by several other police departments in Mississippi including the Biloxi Police Department, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office and the Clinton Police Department as well.

“Much as the smartphone transformed the cell phone industry, the Utility solution is revolutionizing the way law enforcement captures and manages digital evidence,” said Jill Beneke, President and CEO of Pileum Corporation. “The Utility solution is simply the best system on the market and we are elated to be working with the City of Gulfport as they deploy this game changing technology.”

BodyWorn is a smartphone embedded into the officers’ uniforms that offers unparalleled camera function, Wi-Fi connectivity, 4G LTE service and a comprehensive Global Positioning System (GPS). The system uses a number of triggers to automatically initiate recording based on a department’s specific policies. Also, every BodyWorn system comes with the industry’s only automated redaction software, Smart Redaction, as a standard feature at no added cost. This unique capability allows a police department to quickly and reliably redact video to respond to media requests.

In addition, the Gulfport Police Department will also be equipped with Utility’s newly-unveiled feature, Smart Scene 360, which uses a 360 degree imaging technology to create a digital model of a crime scene. The new technology simplifies crime-scene documentation by utilizing the smartphone device. The feature enables Law Enforcement officials, District Attorneys and Courts to view crime scenes in 3D virtual reality long after an incident occurs. Smart Shot 360™ is part of the software running on the Officer’s standard BodyWorn camera. It requires no additional hardware and is included at no additional cost.

“Our mission is to provide advanced technology that both enhances transparency and also improves officer safety and convenience,” said Robert McKeeman, CEO of Utility. “BodyWorn’s automated video recording and advanced features make it the only product on the market that offers a solution to the public’s 21st century demands for transparency and accountability.”

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