Law Enforcement Technology

JAN 2016

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Page 8 of 39 January 2016 Law Enforcement Technology 9 only Certified Tier 1 Special Operations Team in the northeast, Clevette does think about tactical operations. Unlike most other correctional agencies that call someone else when something major happens, Clevette's team takes care of it themselves. For this reason, Clevette visualized the benefits of using the Explorer when situations arise in their 100-prisoner housing units. "(In the beginning of development), we set up our training room," explains Clevette. "He just had a replica of what it would look like. It was just a plastic ball." Young then asked them what they would like it to do. They told him and he returned with a model. That's when the company Critical feedback from law enforcement during development helped the design to match what the real officer needs. learned what it was truly like to work with officers. "The first time they came up with a working camera, I told them it was a piece of crap," Clevette explains. "I didn't think they would come back." He was wrong. Not only did Bounce Imaging return a couple of months later, but the team had incorporated the feed- back and fixed every issue mentioned. This has happened a few more times, culminating in the most recent version which includes even more requested fea- tures. "Cops are blunt," agrees Cafarelli. "If they like it or they don't they are going to let you know. That's driven Bounce to come back with a product we're really happy with." The ball that does more than bounce The Explorer grew to softball-size during the development phase. It now incor- porates several fully-omnidirectional camera lenses partnered with 240W white or near-infrared LEDs. The cam- era takes images at 15 frames per second (fps), not only while stationary but also in motion, making it useful from the moment it is thrown into an area. The images can be viewed in panorama. The newest model also allows for live video. The images transmit up to 60-feet through a standard wall and are viewable through an app compatible both with Android and iOS. Durable, Explorer is drop rated at 26 x 7-foot on concrete (the MIL-STD-810G standard drop test is 26 times and the Explorer passed at 7 feet). It can also come with sensors, such as temperature and oxygen saturation, as well as ones testing for hazards like carbon monoxide. Officers like the simplistic throw and go. "During a critical incident you don't have time to try and manipulate the device," Cafarelli explains. "You are able

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