Panasonic Adds Video Recording System to Toughbook Laptop Line

System is designed for recording of on-site evidence, interviews; system sees company partner with Insight Video

Panasonic Computer Solutions Company, the leading provider of ruggedized portable computers in the U.S., today released the Toughbook Arbitrator, a next-generation Mobile Digital Video System combining state-of-the-art digital recording, and data-compression technologies to achieve the world's most advanced, reliable, and easiest-to-query incident documentation system.

The only pure-digital solution for law enforcement, anti-terrorism, public service, military, and private-sector agencies needing real-time recording of events and incidents for possible use in legal proceedings, evaluations, and training, the Toughbook Arbitrator's solid-state digital recording system renders obsolete competing systems dependent on unreliable and easily manipulated mechanical recording media such as video tape and computer hard drives.

"The Toughbook Arbitrator is a massive improvement over every other system available to automatically record, log, file and disseminate audio-video files from critical action sites," said Panasonic Computer Solutions president Rance Poehler. "By eliminating videotape and hard-drive recording hardware and adopting MPEG4 video-compression technology Panasonic is able to give its Mobile Digital Video System up to 32 hours of full-motion video in individual files small enough to be securely transmitted to a back-end server over wireless networks with Toughbook-worthy reliability."

Poehler also noted that the Toughbook Arbitrator's removable P2 card-powered storage system provides an ultra-high speed data transfer rate of 80Mbps and incorporates a meta-tagging capability providing virtually unlimited search options based on such diverse parameters as operator ID, vehicle ID, time, date, shift, area beat, GPS-based vehicle location, radar-system readouts, triggers and events, and manually entered bookmarks. Unlike current video systems, data history can be searched by keyword, the meta-data captured, and or category. Pursuits, suspicious persons, and surveillance are examples of keywords and categories that can be programmed enabling fast and efficient incident history searches.

"We originally conceived of the Toughbook Arbitrator as a 21st Century solution to the problem of law-enforcement and homeland security agencies trying to cope with the realities of an increasingly litigious society while working with such antiquated evidence-recording devices as stationary cameras mounted in light bars and slow, fragile, erase-prone video cassettes," Poehler said. "But our market research uncovered additional huge demand for digital video solutions from such other public agencies as transit systems, judicial districts, correctional facilities, emergency medical services, airports, and schools. Additionally, we feel strongly that aviation could greatly benefit by this technology given the heightened security awareness today."

"There has also been substantial interest shown by private-sector companies in warehousing, retailing, parking-lot management, financial services, building management and many other industries where encounters between customers, employees, and internal security departments can conceivably lead to legal actions," Poehler said.

"The evidentiary advantages of a computer-controlled system that automatically synchronizes video of an officer's encounter with a suspect to the audio output from the officer's on-body wireless microphone are obvious," Poehler noted. "Less obvious, but equally compelling, are the benefits available to the Enterprise."

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