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10 Law Enforcement Technology January 2016 www.officer.com TACTICAL TECH & GEAR to throw it into a room or a hallway, somewhere you need to gather immedi- ate tactical intelligence but there's a risk to sending an officer in. It's an expend- able device. The safety advantage is obvious." To get to its current form, the Explorer went through several models with user-driven changes. "We got rid of a lot of the features," Aguilar says. "We heard from police that they were under a lot of stress and didn't want to have to deal with all these things. The user experience is what's important." Make it better The original Explorer had a time lag between taking and viewing the picture. The users, including both Clevette and Cafarelli's teams, said this wasn't good enough. Bounce Imaging listened. "Now the images are instantaneous," says Aguilar. Another issue with the original was its brightness. "One of the things they changed was (the prototype) had LED lights flashing all over like a space ship," says Clevette. "We said this is not going to work. They'll zero right in on it." Clevette wanted his team to be able to throw the Explorer in with sting balls without it being conspicuous. He wanted it to go completely unnoticed. He said, "If you keep it the flashing disco ball, we're not going to be able to use it. You'll find your regular SWAT team will have the same complaint. It draws too much attention." Bounce Imaging made the change. "As technology has improved, it's become far more afford- able, resilient, and has better resolution on the imagery," says Cafarelli. Speaking of resilience, this was another area where Bounce Imaging thought they had it right—officers proved them wrong. "We used to think it was rugged but give it to a SWAT guy and he'll break it," says Aguilar. "We've learned it has to be tougher." Cafarelli admits to being the team that broke it. "It's got to be cop proof. That's the first thing when you're going from a lab environment to a police environment. It's got to be simple and tough." Share and share alike One of the simple aspects of Explorer that makes it stand out from its competi- tors is its app compatibility. Unlike other cameras, it feeds its images back to an application that is easily downloaded onto a variety of smart devices, includ- ing tablets and smartphones. In less than 90 seconds the application can be given to anyone who needs it. "We can take video. The phone is talking to the ball, it can go into the cloud and it can be sent to anyone in the world," says Aguilar. © 2016 Kel-Tec CNC Industries, Inc.