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Advanced Solution Suite for Enhanced Visibility, Safety

Advanced Solution Suite for Enhanced Visibility, Safety

Press Release

Fiji Sun. February 8 2020

The new partnership exemplifies Foneology and m-View’s commitment to providing its clients with world-class video solutions for optimal vision and safety.

Foneology Solutions, the Fiji leading telecommunications and ICT services provider, this week announced that they have partnered with m-View Live Video to offer enhanced vision solutions to the Fijian public safety market.

m-View’s solution suite allows for live-streaming and recording through body-worn cameras, and in-vehicle video systems.

This vision is then stored and managed in m-View’s digital evidence management system.

Providing these solutions to the New South Wales (NSW) Police, NSW Fire and Rescue, NSW Ambulance, and more, m-View have established themselves as a trusted supplier to Australian Government and private sector organisations.

Through partnering with m-View, Foneology can bring their advanced solution suite to Fiji for enhanced visibility and safety.

With Foneology being awarded ‘Best Medium Business Operating Internationally’ twice at the Prime Minister’s International Business Awards, this international partnership is a natural next step.

“The teams at Foneology are excited about this partnership because it allows us to expand our public safety solutions and bring the latest in high-quality video evidence technology to Fiji,” said James Trusler, Managing Director at Foneology Solutions.
“m-View specialises in video evidence solutions and have a proven track record in Australia so we are confident that together we can offer the highest service to our Fijian customers”.

“Foneology’s track record of delivering best-of-breed solutions to the Fijian market is impressive. At m-View, our mission is to provide vision in critical situations, when it is needed the most,” Matt Cameron, CEO of m-View Live Video said.
‘We are excited to partner with Foneology to extend our solutions to Fiji and the South Pacific region,” he said.

Paramedics’ radical move to cut out attacks

Paramedics’ radical move to cut out attacks

Press Release

Sydney Morning Herald. 21 November 2019

“Imagine someone who you’ve never met, who doesn’t know you, coming to you for help, then attacking you, verbally attacking you, threatening you.”

This is the daily reality for paramedics and emergency control staff, who have shared their harrowing experiences in a video released by NSW Ambulance to shine a light on their abuse.

 “I have been punched, kicked, spat in the face,” said one person in the video.

“We’re there to help. So why hurt us?” asked another.

Paramedics have been attacked 400 times in 2019, NSW Ambulance says.

From Thursday, they will have “another set of eyes” as part of a 12-month trial of high-tech body cameras to help protect them from being assaulted.

Sixty body cameras will be used by paramedics across three ambulance stations in Liverpool, Everleigh and Newcastle as part of the NSW Government’s $48 million reforms to protect frontline healthcare staff.

Chief Commissioner of NSW Ambulance Dominic Morgan said paramedics had come to expect occupational violence was “just a normal part of the job” but “no paramedic should ever come to work expecting to be assaulted”.

“It’s important that we can show to the courts the level of violence that paramedics get exposed to,” Commissioner Morgan said.

Paramedics can choose to switch the cameras on in circumstances that could lead to threats of violence, and patients will be warned that they are being filmed.

Trainee paramedic Angus McGrath said the cameras were “a great step forward”. He chose to work at the Liverpool Ambulance Centre to participate in the voluntary trial.

“There’s just no limit to how far we can go in creating a safe workplace,” Mr McGrath said.

South West Sydney and the CBD were the most dangerous government areas for metropolitan paramedics to operate in. Bankstown, Liverpool and Sydney city recorded the highest number of assaults in the state.

The trial aims to determine whether it is possible to strike a balance between protecting paramedics and the civil liberties of the public being filmed without consent.

 

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said: “We need to look after the people who look after us and if this technology can help deter abuse and assaults against frontline paramedics, we need to give it go.”

“Hopefully agitated individuals will modify their behaviour when they realise their actions are being recorded because our paramedics are not a punching bag for anyone’s frustration,” he said.

Health Services Union NSW Secretary Gerard Hayes said the cameras had the potential to help police track down and prosecute people who assaulted paramedics, and if the trial was successful the program should be rolled out across the state.

The NSW government and NSW Ambulance had developed a range of other strategies to reduce the likelihood of assaults, including providing more face-to-face training and more effective mobile data terminals to pinpoint paramedics’ exact location.

 

Source: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/paramedics-radical-move-to-cut-out-attacks-20191121-p53cql.html

NSW paramedics to get body cameras

NSW paramedics to get body cameras

Press Release

AAP. 20 November 2019

NSW paramedics will begin wearing body cameras as part of a 12-month trial aimed at deterring abuse and assaults.

Paramedics from Liverpool, Sydney Ambulance Centre at Eveleigh and Hamilton in Newcastle will participate in the voluntary trial involving 60 cameras.

NSW Ambulance chief executive Dominic Morgan said more cameras could be rolled out across the state if the program is successful, but the union representing the state’s paramedics says it has several concerns, including that the trial may interfere with patient care.

“The cameras will be another set of eyes for our paramedics and in addition to hopefully deterring abuse, there is scope to use them for training purposes further down the line,” Dr Morgan said in a statement on Wednesday.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard hopes agitated individuals will modify their behaviour when they realise they’re being recorded.

“Paramedics are there to help us and it is never OK to abuse them. Assaults carry heavy penalties and, if needed, bodycam footage will be used as evidence when prosecuting people,” Mr Hazzard said.

Source: https://www.9news.com.au/national/nsw-paramedics-to-get-body-cameras/d2dc8099-9dd3-423f-8560-c54f91753951

Eyes on the road: Number plate cameras for all highway patrol cars

Eyes on the road: Number plate cameras for all highway patrol cars

Press Release

Yeh Age. 13 February 2019

The entire fleet of Victoria Police’s 221 highway patrol cars will be fitted with state-of-the-art number plate recognition technology in the next three years.

The fleet of highway cars will be capable of scanning more than a million vehicles per shift by 2021.

Unregistered and stolen cars, unlicensed drivers and those with outstanding warrants will be targeted by the new cameras.

The cameras will be installed in 38 highway patrol vehicles by the middle of the year, with the full rollout to be completed by June 2021.

 The first vehicle will be dispatched in Bendigo on Monday.

Police say they are targeting country Victoria first, because a disproportionate number of people die on rural roads compared to the city and suburbs.

“This is a significant change in how we police our roads and how we will improve road safety, reduce risks on our roads and also overall improve community safety,” Police Minister Lisa Neville said.

“We’re making sure Victoria Police has all the resources they need to nab dangerous drivers and get them off the roads.”

The technology will send alerts to police officers, who can immediately access the information via an iPad app, Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane said.

He said it would mean both police officers in a highway patrol car could have their eyes on the road, instead of one having to use a laptop to check number plates.

“It’s about more time with our eyes up and our eyes on the road,” he said.

The patrol cars will also be fitted with a new in-car video system that will record traffic stops and roadside intercepts.

Those recordings can be used as evidence in court hearings, Mr Leane said.

If proven successful, other police cars could be fitted with the technology.

“I think they’ll prove both in community safety and road trauma reduction they’ll pay for themselves in no time,” Mr Leane said.

Thirty-eight people have died on Victoria’s roads so far this year, compared to 23 at the same time last year.

 

Source: https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/eyes-on-the-road-number-plate-cameras-for-highway-patrol-cars-20190213-p50xkx.html

NSW Police equipped with body cameras

NSW Police equipped with body cameras

Press Release

Sydney Morning Herald. September 17, 2015

NSW Police on the beat are being fitted with body cameras that will allow them to collect visual evidence and record their interactions with others.

The first frontline officers attached the cameras to their uniforms on Thursday as part of a rollout to city and transport police.

Encrypted footage with audio is captured and saved or can be live-streamed to remote command posts.

Police will use the cameras by manually pressing record when they need to take footage.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Steve Cullen said the cameras would be attached to the front of an officer’s body and video taken from their point of view.

“While the cameras will be constantly viewing the officer’s point of view, the officer must initiate recording to actually capture footage in the memory of the camera,” Assistant Commissioner Cullen said.

“There will be a 30-second back capture of vision only, which can allow for the visual recording of an important piece of evidence.”

Once the footage is downloaded onto the secure police database, all footage on the camera is erased.

Deputy Premier and Police Minister Troy Grant said cameras would be used just like a notepad and would help officers called to domestic violence cases.

“Body-worn video cameras could also assist in domestic violence cases where victims may be vulnerable and reluctant to give evidence.”

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione​ said the footage would be helpful for gathering evidence to support prosecutions but also for police to use as a training and education tool.

“A picture is worth a thousand words, and if you’re recorded doing the wrong thing – no matter who you are – the evidence will be tough to dispute,” the commissioner said.

He said trials of the equipment found the cameras reduced the time spent on paperwork, enhanced the preparation of evidence and improved the behaviour of officers and the public.

The government will spend $4 million over the next two years rolling out the cameras to three local area commands and the police transport command.

All front line officers across the state are expected to be kitted out with body cameras once the initial roll-out has been trialled.

Source: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nsw-police-equipped-with-body-cameras-20150917-gjp60c.html#ixzz3nHmyIOUv 

Fujitsu Body Worn Video to improve evidence collection

Fujitsu Body Worn Video to improve evidence collection

Press Release

Fujitsu today announced it has signed a contract with the NSW Police Force for a fully self-contained Body Worn Video solution that will improve the ability of field officers to collect evidence and streamline administrative processes. It can also live-stream video feeds from police officers in the field back to operational command units. Fujitsu has partnered with Australian mobile video streaming technology company, m-View Live Video (m-View®) to develop a fully self-contained solution customised to the needs of the NSW Police Force. It features one of the world’s most rugged and proven body worn cameras – manufactured by FireCam®. Jointly designed by Fujitsu and m-View for the NSW Police Force , the Body Worn Video (BWV) solution incorporates a scalable software platform that includes the storage, search, playback and access controls required to support officers in performing their regular duties and will also secure the chain of custody of digital evidence. For added security, the BWV solution will incorporate one of the most secure and reliable forms of biometric authentication available today, Fujitsu’s unique PalmSecure palm vein reader. This will make it easy for officers to check-in their equipment at the end of each shift with the assurance that the evidence gathered is aligned to the correct source. Fujitsu will assist police in deploying and maintaining the highly innovative solution. As well as enhancing processes for collection of evidence, the solution is expected to deliver multiple benefits to NSW Police including improvements in customer service, officer training and the reduction of injury to officers while on the job. Additionally a key driver behind the adoption of the solution is the potential for improvements in processes for statement and brief preparation, prosecutions and complaint investigations. Mike Foster, Chief Executive Officer of Fujitsu Australia and New Zealand, said: “We know the Body Worn Video solution will have clear benefits for the NSW Police Force in the collection of evidentiary data. Fujitsu has worked on various projects with NSW Police for over a decade and this relationship, along with our experience supporting other police services nationally, has helped us design the answer to their unique needs. We are confident this solution will reduce administrative overheads and provide a mechanism for gathering more reliable evidence.” NSW Police’s Major Events and Incident Group Commander, Assistant Commissioner Alan Clarke, said: “The Body Worn Video solution will deliver a reliable and direct form of evidence gathering, which will compliment the officer’s written notebook entry. Through earlier trials, it was clear the BWV provides substantial benefits to frontline officers and the community.” Through its National Public Safety Practice, Fujitsu plays a significant role in supporting Police, Emergency Services and Defence in Australia. This practice is currently delivering services across the full consulting and project delivery spectrum. Source: http://www.fujitsu.com/au/about/resources/news/press-releases/2015/20150917.html