DHS S&T Finds Information About Auto-Activating Body Cameras


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) published a information request (RFI) searching for information on commercially available body cameras that offer the ability to automatically start recording based on sensors triggered by surrounding events. Of particular interest is the information on the available external sensors and the specifications of the sensors and cameras. Technologies will be considered for inclusion in a market research conducted by S&T National Laboratory of Urban Security Technology (NUSTL).

“Automatically activated body cameras offer a range of potential benefits, from corroborating evidence to improving the safety of the officers and the public they protect,” said Blaise Linn, NUSTL Engineer. “Records provide transparency by monitoring staff, documenting interactions and preserving evidence. They can also deter aggressive behavior, support the accuracy of written reports, provide a training tool, or help improve standard operating procedures.

Body cameras record first responders’ interactions with other responders and the public while on duty. In the past, the onus of activating the camera fell on the wearer, who is often preoccupied with handling the situation or may be unable to distract from what they are doing to activate the camera. To solve this problem, some body cameras today can automatically start recording when they detect certain triggers.

The market research report – produced by NUSTL’s System Assessment and Validation for Emergency Responders (SAVER) program – will collect technical information on products in the market that have this capability. The survey will be published on the SAVER document library, where the results can be viewed by state, local, federal, tribal, territorial, and campus emergency response agencies making purchasing decisions regarding body cameras.

Interested industrial partners have up to 5:00 p.m. EDT, December 24, 2021 submit their products.

For more information on the RFI before December 24, 2021 submission deadline, visit https://sam.gov/opp/c0a2576d61b849cab24f1940d2b79d1e/view.

For more information on the SAVER program, visit www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/saver.

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