FOX LA GETS A LOOK AT THE LATEST TECH FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT
It’s not too often the world gets an inside look at the latest technological advancements in law enforcement. Recently, Emmy award-winning journalist Phil Shuman from FOX LA visited Safariland at our Ontario office to find out how we’re making officers’ lives safer through innovations in wearable technology and body armor.
WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY FOR THE CONNECTED OFFICER
Today’s officer is connected through wearable technology. Connected to devices, connected to other officers, and connected to their command centre. Shurman’s first interview was with Terry O’Shea, Chief Technology Officer for The Safariland Group, to learn how the newest wireless CAS™ Auto-Activation technology reliably transmits real-time information to enable officers to respond immediately to critical incidents.
O’Shea explained that CAS Auto-Activation technology is embedded in the Safariland® 7TS™ holster, to create a fully integrated, wearable system for law enforcement. When an officer draws their gun from their duty holster, the CAS Auto-Activation sensors can activate a variety of devices, such as an officer’s body-worn camera, a car-based auto-activation system, or send an alert to the officer’s command center. These products include Safariland VIEVU® body-worn cameras, the Digital Ally in-car video system, and Motorola Solutions APX™ portable radios.
By coupling auto-activation technology with duty gear, Safariland is the first, and only company to design and manufacture an entire wearable system for the connected officer. .
Our drive to innovate has one purpose: To save lives. We introduced Shuman to Officer Luciano Colantuano, SAVE #1771, of the Palm Springs PD to get a sense of the impact of why it’s so vital to develop technologies that are, first and foremost, designed to protect officers in the field. This focus and mission has led to technological advances that have resulted in a significant milestone, the welcoming of SAVE #2000 to the Safariland SAVES Club®.
As SAVE #1771 of the Safariland SAVES Club®, Officer Colantuano speaks from personal experience. During an attempt to make a felony arrest, he survived being shot by an assailant when his ABA® XT2 armor took the bullet. The SAVES Club® recognizes officers who have survived a life-threatening incident in which Safariland armor or protective gear contributed to saving their lives. Our focus on technological advances has played a part in reaching a significant milestone in 2017, the welcoming of SAVE #2000 to the Safariland SAVES Club®.
GOING BEYOND PROTECTION
Officers transition from desk to patrol, from sitting to intense activity. In the field, officers are also athletes. Shurman spoke to Scott O’Brien, President of The Safariland Group, about how Safariland’s technological developments in body armor are addressing both protection and performance. New materials are being researched and tested to provide officers with more comfortable, flexible, and lighter bullet-resistant garments so they can perform at their best.
What does the future look like for integrating wearable technology in policing? One product idea we’re exploring is a wireless system that detects when body armor has been struck, yet can also provide information on what an officer was doing leading up to an event, and monitor heart rate, respiration and fatigue to help officers make better decisions.
In developing armor for the officer athlete, we see future iterations of body armor going above and beyond stopping a bullet. We’re integrating ergonomics to make armor and performance garments more comfortable, and allow officers to maximize performance during intense physical activity in the field.