What has suddenly happened is that law enforcement agencies are forced to find a needle in a haystack.
But what happens if that needle can be made bigger? The Focus H1 Dash Cam
is essentially doing this, and the response from Alberts after Channel 2
Investigates showed her the technology was a quick and enthusiastic,
“Wow. That's phenomenal."
Currently, law enforcement vehicles within
the Los Angeles Police Department and the Delaware State Police are
testing the dash cam unit in a controlled environment.
How long before we see it in the Houston area?
The company told Channel 2 Investigates that
it will launch pilot programs in the Houston area and beyond over the
next two months, with delivery of fully operational units by the second
quarter of 2018.
How many cameras are in a unit?
The unit that Channel 2 Investigates held
and examined had three, but the unit can easily expand to have
six, according to COBAN representatives.
Can the unit identify if a person is holding a weapon?
Not yet. But Daniel Nooner, COBAN's vice
president of engineering, said the technology is on the
horizon. "Teaching that there is a gun in the hand is something that can
happen fairly quickly," he said. "You know, like in the next six to
eight months, that is something that can definitely happen."
Does it make decisions?
Brian Chang, the mastermind behind the unit,
said, “Now the way we use it is that we use this artificial
intelligence to give us more information, not make decisions for us."
What about at night, in fog or in heavy rain?
CEO Doug Dickerson said the unit learns
through processing information, and the technology is evolving to work
in all environments.
How awesome...a step forward for law enforcement