The backbone of the video solution is the software. Veretos is one of the most powerful back-end video management tools in the industry. The great news is it’s free with the purchase of any of the cameras. The solution is highly scalable and provides a dashboard overview, media management and remote management.
Think of it as a full Evidence Management system. It allows you one place to store all of your videos from in car video and body cameras. Any PDF, pictures, and more. This can all be stored and searched easily through things like a case number, date, etc.
As your data grows, so do your analytics with helpful views of GPS mapping and other visualization features.
There is no per seat licensing and all data you can export in common formats, including CSV and PDF. Since the solution is a SQL Server based application, new reports can be generated to suit specific needs.
Another important feature is that this software can be ran on the cloud or in your own environment.
- In-vehicle software and hardware events – date/time, officer(s) ID, unit ID, vehicle ID, software version, power, startup, speed, GPS, doors, siren and light bar, storage compartment, system status/failure, hardware component status/failure, third party hardware and software events
- Body Worn software and hardware events – date/time, officer(s) ID, software version, power, startup, system status/failure, hardware component status/failure, third party hardware and software events
- Assets captured/recorded – date/time, officer(s) ID, unit ID, vehicle ID, software version, hardware version/ID/manufacturer, GPS, file size, video length, file ID, hash verification
- Assets transferred, viewed, shared and edited (allowable based on agency rules) – date/time, user ID, unit ID, file ID, hash verification, destination
- Assets purged or deleted (retention policies may be driven by multiple, configurable metadata elements, such as form type, incident, tags and bookmarks) – date/time, user ID, unit ID, file ID, hash verification
- Unit configuration changes – modification, unit ID, user ID, time/date
Role Based Security
Role based security is provided throughout and the system supports Windows Active Directory Services and LDAP. The solution allows an authorized administrator to create new roles for highly specific tasks and users with tailored functionality in the field.
Analytics & Mapping
In addition to media asset management and retrieval capabilities, Getac Veretos Enterprise is a knowledge base of rich, actionable information. Our Analytics tool set provides real-time and historical statistics with locational feedback allowing for more effective deployment. This functionality includes incident maps for specific areas of interest (integrated with CAD and other third party systems data) and detailed information on officer saturation efforts when GPS is deployed. Incident and patrol reports in a “crime map” format allow for more effective enforcement while up-to-the-minute snapshots of patrol areas provide better civilian and officer safety. Historical measurements of officer’s time and location also help improve future force deployment. Our analytics tools can uncover crime patterns so that police departments are able to shift from reactive enforcement to proactive crime prevention.
A customizable command dashboard that provides immediate insight into force activity is also available within Getac Veretos Enterprise’s centralized management tool set. The dashboard interface provides administrative users with snapshot views of real time activity. Individual users can customize these components for their own specific needs. Available components include but are not limited to real time unit location, status and health, media search, upload status and duration, media, unit and incident maps. Additional data types, such as CAD information, can be added to the Command Dashboard upon request.
Getac Veretos’ case management tools allow multiple assets (such as a series of images and videos) to be consolidated into one “case” for management, viewing and sharing. Cases can be specific to a certain subject and are defined by a grouping of media files (evidence) in the form of documents, links, text snippets or multimedia. A case generally relates to a real world incident and is an attempt to gather the data dispersed throughout the system at a single common place. Individual video assets or cases can easily be shared with approved users in a secure fashion. CAD integration allows multiple assets with the same incident ID to be linked automatically.
Exporting Evidence to Physical Media
Getac Veretos Enterprise allows evidence to be saved to media (i.e. DVD, CD, USB, SD, CF, SSD). Assets may be saved to removable media in the vehicle given assigned permissions. Regardless of the method, all actions are entered in the audit log.
Unit Monitoring & Status
Bi-directional communication is configurable between units in the field and the Getac Veretos Enterprise back-end management system. For example; unit health and location information is sent to the back-end from units in the form of heartbeats and configuration changes may be delivered out to specific units in real time. This functionality is customizable in order to provide a balance between real time information and network traffic. The default configuration only lightly impacts network resources.
- Red – unit is recording
- Green – CPU is online
- Blue – unit standby mode
- Gray – unit isn’t visible to backend
- Additional status options are available
The above feature set allows administrators to see the status of recording and even real time unit location if desired. Since our system allows for integration with computer aided dispatch, this information can be useful for a dispatcher to assess the situation and take action. The system logs when a recording starts and the media’s unique ID before the recording has finished. A dispatcher is also able see a live video feed and the active GPS location on a map if required.
Live Video Viewing
Getac Veretos Enterprise allows authorized administrators to view live media from any vehicle unit with an active data connection. Image snapshots are available when bandwidth is low and live video is viewable when higher bandwidth is available. Multiple units may be viewed simultaneously. This can be further utilized to show “still” images updated every few seconds in dispatch for certain response levels and automatically trigger live video for high priority responses. All users viewing live content will be displayed and logged allowing for transparency.
Live video is a client to streaming server integration. Bandwidth utilization in the vehicle is configurable (250 kbps to 1 mbps) and 350 kbps is usually sufficient for quality viewing. Only one stream is transferred from car to server allowing anyone with proper credentials to access the video. Therefore, multiple users watching live video from the same vehicle utilize only a single stream from the vehicle and bandwidth is preserved. The system allows for the user to pan, zoom and focus the camera remotely. This is beneficial for mobile, fixed or “remote” systems used for convert operation or reaction based viewing. This can be done on a single view or even in a screen with 4 (or more) videos displayed simultaneously. The system also allows for the selection of a screen shot every x seconds to preserve bandwidth. Live viewing only requires a web browser and authenticated access to the Enterprise backend. If allowed by the department, designated portable devices may also support live video viewing.
System Configuration & Management
Getac Veretos Enterprise maintains all configurations from the centralized host server and pushes this information to individual systems. This includes version updates, camera settings (frame size, rate, bitrate) audio recording levels, pre/post recording duration, live view frame size and rate, upload location, and many other features (see partial list below). For example, pre/post recording lengths can be changed dynamically as desired to meet departmental requirements. Access to these settings (and others such as time sync methodology) is restricted to authorized administrators and end users are prevented from altering unit configurations.
All units are synchronized with Enterprise (server, database and storage) time, which is synced with Global Time (NTP based). Microsoft time synchronization methodology is utilized to ensure that all solution components (hardware, media assets, metadata) remain synced. GPS may also be used as the primary time source with system time as secondary. GPS time and system time are both captured at the time of (and throughout) recording and remain associated with any video throughout its lifetime.