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Body-worn camera year

A body-worn camera company has hailed a record year in 2017. Edesix, based in Edinburgh, has announced contract wins with Her Majesty’s Prison Services, Scotrail and South Australian Police. It also reports moves into new markets such as airport and retail security.

Richie McBride, managing director of Edesix, said: “This again has been a record year of success for Edesix. The company has taken some major strides forward, especially with the contract wins for UK prisons, Scotrail and South Australian Police. We have also moved into new target markets, including airport security, and we expect this level of expansion will continue throughout 2018 and beyond.

“We have also been at the forefront of innovation throughout 2017, launching some exciting new products including the VideoTag, the X-100 (head mounted) and X-200 (torso mounted) cameras and ONStream which integrates Edesix body worn cameras with existing CCTV Video Management Systems. We already have exciting plans in place for 2018, and are working with a number of clients, both existing and new, to modify and evolve our offering so we will continue to be at the forefront of the body worn camera market on a global scale.”

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Edesix was announced as the preferred supplier for the UK Prison Service nationally in 2017. Using DockControllers (a device which allows up to 84 VideoBadges to be connected, assigned and managed from one instance of VideoManager) and MicroServers for data storage; large estates of cameras can be rolled-out and centrally managed, the product firm says.

And in Scotland, ScotRail has over 300 Edesix body worn cameras (pictured, the VB-100) for front-line staff. The devices can be clipped on to the staff member’s uniform, or worn on a lanyard, and are marked as CCTV cameras. The roll-out follows a trial, where staff found that people positively changed their behaviour when informed that they were being recorded. Footage from cameras worn by staff has also been used in a number of prosecutions.

Edesix’s VideoBadges are also used by police, including in Northern Ireland and Scotland. Visit www.edesix.com.


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