ASBURY, Ala. – The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office hopes to use some new equipment to save lives.
It is the first division in the state to purchase the Bounce Imaging Tactical Camera.
It may look like something out of a science fiction movie, but it is designed to find and communicate with safer villains than the traditional methods.
“A rugged throwing camera,” said Ty St. Clair, regional sales manager for Bounce Imaging Southeast. “Throw this in a room, then step on your device, pan 360 degrees and see what’s there before you enter.”
The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office just purchased two of the Explorer Unleashed versions for $ 9,000 plus an annual storage fee of $ 385.
“This technology will replace about three or four other devices that we’ve traditionally used independently. This one device will replace them at a fraction of the cost, ”said Sheriff Phil Sims.
“Instead of putting law enforcement, rescue workers, or the military at risk, they can gain additional situational awareness and increase safety for themselves and the people they encounter,” said St. Clair.
Sims told News 19 during a camera demonstration at Asbury High School on Thursday that they could use the technology in active shooter situations, swat situations, jail locks, and even when looking for someone inside a collapsed building is trapped.
The cameras have two-way audio that opens up a line of communication for better de-escalation of situations.
They also have infrared and motion detection capabilities.
“The motion detector highlights the movement in red. If it’s outside of the camera, the yellow arrow shows the direction of movement,” explained St. Clair, showing News 19 the video in action.
“You can clip this to another pole and glue this to a ceiling that is dark as it has IR and infrared capabilities so we can see what is in the dark in the attic. Traditionally, it’s a different type of gear or you have to stick your head in the attic to open the officer to possible injury or gunshots, “added Sims.
The Explorer Unleashed cameras are 4G cameras, have cloud-based storage and can be viewed from different angles by several people on different devices.
Another cool thing about them is that there is actually only one camera, but it has six lenses so not only can it view and record 360 degrees, but it uses all of that lens shape and maintains a stable focus point even when it rolls.
“It will help us serve the people of Marshall County better and more effectively, and it will actually help save lives, believe it or not,” Sims said.
The department uses grants for leftover technology upgrades to maintain the two cameras, which also meet military durability standards.
A representative from the Blount County Sheriff’s Office also attended the product demonstration to the media on Thursday.
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