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remarks about the law enforcement professionals the company worked with during development. "We are unbelievably lucky to have the partners we have. It's an incredible user group, so supportive and engaged." Cafarelli agreed it was a good partnership and process stating that since they didn't have a financial obligation they were more like a godfather than a parent. They were free to just nurture the concept. "When they see you are doing something to keep them safe, they're awesome," Aguilar remarks. "It's one of the great pleasures of working on this." Along with North Metro SWAT, Bounce Imaging sought other partners as well. Not far away at the prison A small ad at the bottom of a newsletter caught the attention of Mark Clevette, Commander of Special Operations, Maine Department of Corrections. "At that time, there was no prototype," explains Clevette, but he called Young and talked to him about the possibili- ties a camera of this type could have for another area of law enforcement. Young and the team had never thought about its use in corrections. "A lot of people don't," says Clevette. "We get forgot- ten about." As the commander of the search and rescue, the Explorer could be used in a myriad of critical events, such as hos- tage situations, prison riots, barricades and even surveillance. "Its application is only limited by your imagination," says Chief Joe Cafarelli, Team Commander, North Metro (Mass.) SWAT. He should know. His team worked closely with Bounce Imaging as they brought the Explorer from an academic concept to a law enforcement reality earning awards and accolades along the way, including one of Time's Best Inventions (2012), Popular Science's Invention Award (2013) and IACP's Hot Product (2014). To truly understand the unique story of the Explorer, you have to start at the beginning of this public-private partnership. Working together Three years ago, one of Cafarelli's SWAT officers was taking a class at Harvard and he met Young. Excited about the concept of the Explorer, the sergeant took the idea back to Cafarelli. "He came to me and said, 'I've been talking to these guys who are developing a piece of technology that might be of interest to you," explains Cafarelli. Intrigued, he arranged a meeting to see the benefit of being in on the development side of the project. Bounce Imaging wanted to create a product that could be used for a variety of scenarios in public safety and the officers wanted one that would suit their actual needs. "They are amazing," Aguilar A t 4:53 pm on January 12, 2010 a 7.0 earth- quake struck a few miles outside the Haitian capital of Port-Au-Prince. When tolls were calcu- lated, hundreds of thousands of people were dead. Buildings were severely dam- aged or destroyed, many injured trapped in the rubble. The world watched the devastation as aid flooded in to try and help find survivors. On January 22, the Haitian government officially called off the search. An ocean away, a group of Harvard students watched the plight of the Haitian people and the concept of the Explorer was born. "We saw a lot of people buried under the rubble," explains Francisco Aguilar, cofounder and CEO of Bounce Imaging. "Those who were going to be rescued were going to be within 48 hours." They realized rescuers needed a camera to aid them in the search. The camera needed to be rugged enough to be used in dif- ficult situations and cheap enough that agencies could afford one or, better yet, multiples. The Explorer, a baseball-size, tactical throwable camera with multiple lenses and sensors became a project of Harvard Innovation Lab and when the team kept asking to think big on how the Explorer could be used they found an answer in their own backyard. Aguilar and his cofounder David Young, a former Army Ranger, heard from law enforcement that they were running into dangerous situations every day. "We saw a lot of old technology in law enforcement," Aguilar explains. "We wanted to develop something that was easier to use." Along with The small ball that's BIG on technology Wanting to develop a tossable, Harvard students decided to bounce a few ideas off law enforcement By Michelle Perin u r e s o r t h g s o u g h s o n e w s l e t t e r c k C l e v e t t e C e r a t i o n s , M o r r e c t i o n " A s n o p r o t e x p h e c a l l e a n d b o u t t h e t i e s a s t y p e c a n o t h w e n f o r a n d t h a d n e v e r i t s u s e i l o a r c h a n d E x p l o r e r a d o f c r i a t i o n s , p u r v e i l l a n b y y o u r i e l l i , T e a M s s . ) S W r k e d c l o h e y b r o u e m i c c o l i t y e a r n g t h e w I n v e n t e n t i o n P r o d u e u n i q u s t a r t a t e T b o u n c 8 Law Enforcement Technology January 2016 www.officer.com TACTICAL TECH & GEAR

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