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

A Total Package
The Toughbook Arbitrator system includes a ruggedized all-digital, vibration- and spill-resistant recorder module, a fully ruggedized 220X auto or manual zoom color cameras with built-in infrared night-vision capability, hardened flexi-mounts, True Diversity wireless microphone and a fixed in-car microphone. When used in conjunction with a Panasonic Toughbook wireless-enabled computer, a wireless communications link can download video from the system's front-end (the in-car or stationary observation post) to a back-end server.

Data from the microphones and primary camera, which in addition to its extremely wide zoom range and low-light sensitivity features a 68.4-degree wide-angle lens, backlight compensation, reflection reducing sunshade, automatic white balance and auto/manual zoom and focus controls, is simultaneously captured on Panasonic's revolutionary P2 memory cards using MPEG-4 video compression.

"MPEG-4 is hands-down the most efficient, high-quality video codec yet developed," Poehler said. "It enables us to store 16 hours of full-motion, 30-frame-per-second broadcast quality video on a 4GB P2 card and transfer the full contents of that card - all 16 hours of video - in 30 minutes over an 802.11g wireless network. A one-hour incident file can be transmitted in about two minutes."

Poehler also noted that future P2 card releases will allow for recording and in-unit storage of up to 512 hours of video without any system modifications.

Component integration is accomplished via a powerful, versatile, user-friendly, front-end application designed by Panasonic's partner, Insight Video Net. Among the available features are user-defined bookmarks, nine standard meta-data identifiers, and the ability to capture and store environmental data such as GPS location, vehicle speed, and radar gun data.

Backend integration is available via Insight Video Net's highly scalable central-management system. This cutting-edge system is the central repository for all video, audio, and meta-data collected by the Toughbook Arbitrator units. Video and audio files are easily searchable based on the meta-data collected and managed through a full-featured, client-side, graphical user interface. In addition, the system provides powerful user and group management plus comprehensive auditing and reporting features. Insight Video Net's ability to gather information from an unlimited number of vehicle and locations adds value to larger implementations and its file and user security features are the best in the industry.

"We are very excited to be partnering with Insight Video in deploying the Toughbook Arbitrator," Poehler said. "Their product is not only technologically superior to all other digital video software systems it also uses open-system architecture for easy integration with third-party software and full compatibility with MSSQL, Oracle, DB2 and other major databases."

Flexibility Plus
In addition to its technological superiority, the Toughbook Arbitrator outdoes its competition in the operational capabilities and flexibility necessary for effective security, surveillance, investigation, and risk-mitigation activities. Simultaneously able to communicate with a notebook computer installed in a vehicle or security office and a back-end server, the Toughbook Arbitrator enables the laptop user to watch live video as a screen overlay while playing or searching the media card for previous events. The system can be manually started or stopped from the computer's touchscreen or mouse, the camera, or the recorder module. For added security, the system can be triggered on - but not turned off - by the user-worn wireless microphone.

The Toughbook Arbitrator system incorporates the most comprehensive battery of activation triggers in the industry and can be programmed to automatically begin recording in response to such events as light bar activation, siren or radar use, driver-door opening, a shotgun being removed from its rack, vehicle speed, air-bag activation and wireless-microphone transmissions. Trigger data encompasses time and date information for ease of retrieval of pertinent files.