OPEN LETTER: Chief Gutzwiller picks Intrensic to save Body Camera Program

With the new law in Michigan that took effect mid-January of 2018 signed by Governor Snyder, agencies that had BWC,s (Body Worn Camera’s) were caught in a pinch if their current program did not include software for storage management and redaction capabilities of the video downloaded from the BWC’s. The new law now includes rules that pertain to Crime Victim’s Rights in regards to video redaction and time frames that must be established on video retained/stored and what can or cannot be released under those who file a Freedom of Information request to retrieve video.

My dilemma as a new Chief for the City of Essexville was how to accomplish this, mid-budget year, to assure that I complied with the new State Law and had a program that was not labor intensive to my staff and was also easy to use. I also encountered a problem with limited storage availability to store all of the video footage and manually go in to determine what needed to be saved for what length of time under the new law.

Being unable to provide a cost effective resolution and compliance with the new law I was forced to pull my Axon BWC’s out of service until a solution was found that would not bust my budget. This did not bode well with the labor union as they are firm believers in the BWC’s as well as our Prosecutors Office.

I contacted Axon to obtain a quote price of storage management and redaction software and was floored when I was quoted $54,000 over a five year period. Essexville is a small community of 3,600 residents and my agency has seven full time PSO’s with 16 part paid fire personnel. My annual budget is approximately $640,000 and we had just purchased a new Fire Truck in February of 2018. After a discussion with the Axon sales representative it was evident that they were not willing to negotiate a fair price for their product and being a small agency I informed them we could not support that cost for their product. I was now stuck with five Axon BWC’s sitting on a shelve that could not be used.

I started to research different companies on line who claimed to have easy solutions that were also cost effective but ultimately when you looked at the cost’s involved, the majority of the expense involved video storage fee’s with limitations on the amount of storage based on a fee structure.

I received an email from Intrensic advertising their product of storage management, redaction and Go Pro Camera’s. I was very interested with what I reviewed in the advertisement as Go Pro is a very durable and easy camera to operate and is proven in the field. I contacted the company and before you know it I was speaking to their representative to discuss their system. The system sounded too good to be true especially the redaction piece of the software, their company handles redaction so the agency does not have to! The agency advises Intrensic what video needs to be redacted and the company pulls the video, redacts the video, per your specifications and sends you the finished product so that you can release it to the media or upon receiving a FOIA request. Another feature is unlimited storage in the cloud! You can also set the system up to manage investigations, download your in-car video footage, pictures, case files and other video segments that may involve evidence in a case. You also have the availability to share this info with your Prosecutors Office electronically rather than print information out and hand deliver these items for warrant apps and case files for court.

Intrensic provided a representative to us that is a former law enforcement officer as well as a veteran, (Kevin Angell) to fully explain the system via phone and actually sent us a Go Pro Camera to play with to see whether or not we would like the audio and video quality. I had my officers wear the camera and play with it to see how easy it was to use and to review the audio and video quality. There was no comparison with the Axon Camera’s that we previously used, the Go Pro by far was a better quality camera.

I was very impressed with the camera as well as the software management and redaction that Intrensic offered, so much so that Kevin flew to Michigan to meet my staff and go over the entire system and train staff as well. Kevin spent the week here in Michigan to answer any questions that came up or any problems that we encountered so that he was here to handle them. I can tell you that I was so impressed with Intrensic and Kevin Angell that my agency signed a five year contract, they understood our budget constraints and were willing to work with us on pricing to make sure that BWC’s were placed back into service and my staff could not be happier. My agency is now in compliance with the state law and the program will not cause additional staffing issues to address redaction or storage management.

If you are asking me would I endorse this product? ABSOLUTELY! We are now a GO PRO BWC user!

 

William H. Gutzwiller Sr.

Director of Public Safety

City of Essexville MI. 48732                                 

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DID YOU KNOW? Location Based Evidence Gathering

The location of evidence gathered is important, searchable and helps with analytics.
The location of evidence gathered is important, searchable and helps with analytics.

In a piece of Evidence, the user can now add the location of their recordings.

In some cases the location may already be present because of the camera’s GPS activation OR our integration with your agency’s CAD system.  Either way, having location data is valuable when running reports, searching for video at a specific location and even analytics.  One of our next releases will include the ability to draw a GEO fence around a location and see all of the recordings in that designated area.

Location Based Evidence Gathering is also a great tool when used in conjunction with our Karma UAV.

Find Out More

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Intrensic User’s Group

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Welcome to the Intrensic User’s Group. Our support and development team will send out routine emails to our Body Worn Camera users that includes exciting new features, tips for easy navigation and solicitations for future developments. We appreciate your feedback and we are always here to help.  To stay in the loop, submit the form below:

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Body Camera Reporting, Auditing Features Push Intrensic to the Forefront

Washington, DC, May 3, 2017 (Newswire) –As Intrensic closes the gap on its development of both a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and a Records Management (RMS) platform, a newly released feature in their Digital Evidence Management System (DEMS) has catapulted them ahead of the competition.

With terabytes of video uploaded to the cloud in only months, the ability to audit a body camera program is essential. While Intrensic has arguably the most detailed audit trail in the business by capturing every file touch down to the IP address, date and time is just not enough.

“We saw the need to create a report that would allow a patrol supervisor or body camera program manager to audit video uploads versus an officer’s number of calls,” said Director of Product Development Kevin AngellAngell said he realized the need for the report when presenting at a national conference to community organizations and special interests groups.

Following that meeting, Angell met with CEO Kevin Mullins and discussed the creation of an Upload Audit Report (UAR). The report would be able to be run by supervisors daily, weekly, monthly or on a customized set of dates. It would include the number of uploads on a specific date and could be exported as a PDF report.

“We knew that with the UAR in hand, a supervisor could call dispatch or run a call log and ensure the integrity of their program by comparing uploads to calls,” said Mullins.  Mullins immediately sent the feature to the development team for research.

The UAR is not the only reporting feature developed during the recent roll-out, but Mullins held his cards close. When pressed Mullins said, “Crime reporting to the FBI, predictive patrolling and grant reporting were as important to us as they were to our clients.”

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC), their Body Worn Camera toolkit and the Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) program provide some additional insight into the future needs of agencies and body-worn camera programs. Angell remarked that he is in a constant “read and research mode” to ensure that Intrensic stays ahead of the curve. “We really hit the ball out of the park this time,” he said. “I am not aware of any other body-worn camera provider with such a report,” he added, referring to the UAR.

Once the CAD and RMS platforms roll out later this year, the UAR will go hand in hand with several other reports, thereby freeing up officers to engage the community and build relationships.

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OPEN LETTER: Chief Gutzwiller picks Intrensic to save Body Camera Program

March 8,2018

With the new law in Michigan that took effect mid-January of 2018 signed by Governor Snyder, agencies that had BWC,s (Body Worn Camera’s) were caught in a pinch if their current program did not include software for storage management and redaction capabilities of the video downloaded from the BWC’s. The new law now includes rules that pertain to Crime Victim’s Rights in regards to video redaction and time frames that must be established on video retained/stored and what can or cannot be released under those who file a Freedom of Information request to retrieve video.

My dilemma as a new Chief for the City of Essexville was how to accomplish this, mid-budget year, to assure that I complied with the new State Law and had a program that was not labor intensive to my staff and was also easy to use. I also encountered a problem with limited storage availability to store all of the video footage and manually go in to determine what needed to be saved for what length of time under the new law.

Being unable to provide a cost effective resolution and compliance with the new law I was forced to pull my Axon BWC’s out of service until a solution was found that would not bust my budget. This did not bode well with the labor union as they are firm believers in the BWC’s as well as our Prosecutors Office.

I contacted Axon to obtain a quote price of storage management and redaction software and was floored when I was quoted $54,000 over a five year period. Essexville is a small community of 3,600 residents and my agency has seven full time PSO’s with 16 part paid fire personnel. My annual budget is approximately $640,000 and we had just purchased a new Fire Truck in February of 2018. After a discussion with the Axon sales representative it was evident that they were not willing to negotiate a fair price for their product and being a small agency I informed them we could not support that cost for their product. I was now stuck with five Axon BWC’s sitting on a shelve that could not be used.

I started to research different companies on line who claimed to have easy solutions that were also cost effective but ultimately when you looked at the cost’s involved, the majority of the expense involved video storage fee’s with limitations on the amount of storage based on a fee structure.

I received an email from Intrensic advertising their product of storage management, redaction and Go Pro Camera’s. I was very interested with what I reviewed in the advertisement as Go Pro is a very durable and easy camera to operate and is proven in the field. I contacted the company and before you know it I was speaking to their representative to discuss their system. The system sounded too good to be true especially the redaction piece of the software, their company handles redaction so the agency does not have to! The agency advises Intrensic what video needs to be redacted and the company pulls the video, redacts the video, per your specifications and sends you the finished product so that you can release it to the media or upon receiving a FOIA request. Another feature is unlimited storage in the cloud! You can also set the system up to manage investigations, download your in-car video footage, pictures, case files and other video segments that may involve evidence in a case. You also have the availability to share this info with your Prosecutors Office electronically rather than print information out and hand deliver these items for warrant apps and case files for court.

Intrensic provided a representative to us that is a former law enforcement officer as well as a veteran, (Kevin Angell) to fully explain the system via phone and actually sent us a Go Pro Camera to play with to see whether or not we would like the audio and video quality. I had my officers wear the camera and play with it to see how easy it was to use and to review the audio and video quality. There was no comparison with the Axon Camera’s that we previously used, the Go Pro by far was a better quality camera.

I was very impressed with the camera as well as the software management and redaction that Intrensic offered, so much so that Kevin flew to Michigan to meet my staff and go over the entire system and train staff as well. Kevin spent the week here in Michigan to answer any questions that came up or any problems that we encountered so that he was here to handle them. I can tell you that I was so impressed with Intrensic and Kevin Angell that my agency signed a five year contract, they understood our budget constraints and were willing to work with us on pricing to make sure that BWC’s were placed back into service and my staff could not be happier. My agency is now in compliance with the state law and the program will not cause additional staffing issues to address redaction or storage management.

If you are asking me would I endorse this product? ABSOLUTELY! We are now a GO PRO BWC user!

 

William H. Gutzwiller Sr.

Director of Public Safety

City of Essexville MI. 48732                                 



DID YOU KNOW? Location Based Evidence Gathering

August 2,2017
The location of evidence gathered is important, searchable and helps with analytics.
The location of evidence gathered is important, searchable and helps with analytics.

In a piece of Evidence, the user can now add the location of their recordings.

In some cases the location may already be present because of the camera’s GPS activation OR our integration with your agency’s CAD system.  Either way, having location data is valuable when running reports, searching for video at a specific location and even analytics.  One of our next releases will include the ability to draw a GEO fence around a location and see all of the recordings in that designated area.

Location Based Evidence Gathering is also a great tool when used in conjunction with our Karma UAV.

Find Out More


Intrensic User’s Group

August 1,2017
intrensic gopro

Welcome to the Intrensic User’s Group. Our support and development team will send out routine emails to our Body Worn Camera users that includes exciting new features, tips for easy navigation and solicitations for future developments. We appreciate your feedback and we are always here to help.  To stay in the loop, submit the form below:

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required


Newsletter: May 9, 2017

May 9,2017


Body Camera Reporting, Auditing Features Push Intrensic to the Forefront

May 5,2017

Washington, DC, May 3, 2017 (Newswire) –As Intrensic closes the gap on its development of both a Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and a Records Management (RMS) platform, a newly released feature in their Digital Evidence Management System (DEMS) has catapulted them ahead of the competition.

With terabytes of video uploaded to the cloud in only months, the ability to audit a body camera program is essential. While Intrensic has arguably the most detailed audit trail in the business by capturing every file touch down to the IP address, date and time is just not enough.

“We saw the need to create a report that would allow a patrol supervisor or body camera program manager to audit video uploads versus an officer’s number of calls,” said Director of Product Development Kevin AngellAngell said he realized the need for the report when presenting at a national conference to community organizations and special interests groups.

Following that meeting, Angell met with CEO Kevin Mullins and discussed the creation of an Upload Audit Report (UAR). The report would be able to be run by supervisors daily, weekly, monthly or on a customized set of dates. It would include the number of uploads on a specific date and could be exported as a PDF report.

“We knew that with the UAR in hand, a supervisor could call dispatch or run a call log and ensure the integrity of their program by comparing uploads to calls,” said Mullins.  Mullins immediately sent the feature to the development team for research.

The UAR is not the only reporting feature developed during the recent roll-out, but Mullins held his cards close. When pressed Mullins said, “Crime reporting to the FBI, predictive patrolling and grant reporting were as important to us as they were to our clients.”

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (Washington, DC), their Body Worn Camera toolkit and the Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) program provide some additional insight into the future needs of agencies and body-worn camera programs. Angell remarked that he is in a constant “read and research mode” to ensure that Intrensic stays ahead of the curve. “We really hit the ball out of the park this time,” he said. “I am not aware of any other body-worn camera provider with such a report,” he added, referring to the UAR.

Once the CAD and RMS platforms roll out later this year, the UAR will go hand in hand with several other reports, thereby freeing up officers to engage the community and build relationships.