Vehicle-mounted video system with distributed processing

  • US 9,325,950 B2
  • Filed: 08/26/2013
  • Issued: 04/26/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/16/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A video system for a law enforcement vehicle, the system comprising:

  • a first video camera mounted on the law enforcement vehicle and configured to capture and encode video of an event and to associate the encoded video with a first unique camera identifier;

    a second video camera configured to capture and encode video of the event and to associate the encoded video with a second unique camera identifier;

    wherein the first video camera and the second video camera are configured to implement a pre-event recording loop;

    a central control unit configured to receive, decode, and timestamp the encoded video from the first video camera and the encoded video from the second video camera,wherein the central control unit is configured to be updated in the field via a wireless data link;

    a memory for receiving and storing the captured, decoded, and timestamped video from the central control unit,wherein the central control unit is further configured to wirelessly upload the captured, decoded, and timestamped video stored in the memory to a remote computer,wherein one or both of the video captured by the first video camera and the video captured by the second video camera is selectively playable on a display of a smartphone carried by a user of the video system, such that the display is configured to display the selected decoded video; and

    a microphone configured to capture and encode audio, wherein the central control unit is configured to receive and decode the encoded audio.

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