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BW600 v8.0 & VideoVault v14 release notes
BW600 v8.0 & VideoVault v14 release notes
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Release summary

This release contains updates to the following products:

BW600 v8.0

  • Image snapshot capability

  • External USB camera support

  • Video streaming improvements

VideoVault v14.6.11

  • Licensing changes

  • Supports BW600 and BW500 cameras

  • Automatic camera software upgrade support

BW600 v8.0 key changes

V8.0 enhances the feature set of the BW600 body

worn camera, as well as bringing quality and

reliability improvements.

  • Capture a still image snapshot at the press of a button. The snapshot will be automatically uploaded and stored alongside video recordings in VideoVault.

  • Connect an external camera to the USB C port on the side of the BW600.

  • Enhanced streaming mode simplifies deployment and maximises the quality of the streaming video.

  • Pre recording up to 2 minutes.

  • Camera serial number is now used as the camera name.

  • Improved WiFi connection time.

BW600 overview

The BW600 body worn camera provides access to live and recorded video streams, even

while personnel are still out in the field.

  • 12 hours continuous recording*

  • Live stream with GPS location and alerts over 4G or WiFi

  • Advanced live streaming technology automatically adapts to real world network conditions.

  • Save time during an incident and start remote playback immediately with the ability to download the recordings over the air.

  • Connect an external camera, such as a helmet mounted camera, to the BW600 using the USB C port.

  • Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) allows external sensors to be used to activate recording.

  • SmartVis Facial Recognition service is available as an add on.

Still image snapshots

BW600 now supports still image capture at the press of a button. The GPS position is

also captured and stored in the image file. Still image snapshots can be captured

whilst simultaneously recording. Images are captured at 4 Megapixel resolution.

To use the snapshot feature:

  • One time setup: A button must be configured with the snapshot action. The device profile used by the camera must be edited to enable this. For more information, refer to the Device Profile Setup section of the VideoVault Setup Guide.

  • When the camera is in use, press the snapshot button once. A camera shutter sound will be played to indicate that a still image has been captured.

  • When the camera has docked and uploaded captured media, still images will be accessible from the Videos tab in VideoVault and can be added to Incident reports in the same way as a video recording.

External camera

An external camera can be connected to the USB C port on the side of the BW600, allowing more freedom to record and live stream from different camera angles, such as from a head mounted camera.

To use an external camera:

  • The camera account on EdgeVis Server must have the External Camera licence extension applied.

  • Lift the rubber cover on the USB C port on the side of the BW600 and connect the external camera.

  • When the camera is in use, it will automatically use the external camera if connected instead of the main camera. Note that the main camera will not be used for recording or live streaming when an external camera is connected.

External camera compatibility

The following external cameras have been tested with BW600 v8.0:

(Contact Digital Barriers for a list of external camera suppliers)

IMPORTANT NOTE

BW600 requires that the USB C connector on the camera cable has a 7.6mm tip length. Check camera compatibility before choosing an external camera.

Enhanced streaming mode

BW600 now supports the same enhanced streaming mode available on other EdgeVis

v8.0 camera products. Enhanced mode simplifies the configuration of streaming settings.

Video quality presets (automatic, best frame rate, best resolution, or economy) can be applied, or custom settings specified if required.

Enhanced streaming mode requires that viewing clients are running v8.0 or newer. BW600 operates in compatible mode by default to ensure compatibility with older viewing clients. Cameras can be switched to enhanced mode from EdgeVis Server.

For more information on enhanced streaming mode, refer to the New Streaming Video Modes section in the general EdgeVis v8.0 release notes.

Camera naming scheme change

Camera serial number is now used as the camera name

BW600 will now use the camera serial number as its default name. This will be displayed as the camera ID in VideoVault. The name can be manually changed to a friendly name within VideoVault, if required.

NOTE: If the camera already exists in VideoVault with a 5 digit ID, then it will appear as a different camera after upgrading. The old 5 digit camera entry should be removed.

To remove the old camera entry from VideoVault:

  • If the camera entry shows its status as “busy” then it is necessary to first restart VideoVault.

  • Select “View device info” for the camera entry in the list.

  • Select the “forget device” button to remove the camera entry from VideoVault.

Additional improvements

Pre/Post recording up to 2 minutes

BW600 now allows pre and post recording durations of up to 2 minutes in the device profile.

Improved WiFi connection time

When the camera operator is travelling between WiFi zones, the BW600 needs to connect quickly to pre configured WiFi hotspots. The connection time has been reduced to minimize any loss of connectivity.

VideoVault v14.6.11 key changes

VideoVault v14.6.11 introduces support for the BW600 body worn camera and some important changes.

  • New licence model requires a licence to be added to the system before use.

  • Enable automatic software updates for cameras and dock controllers.

  • RFID card reader support changes.

  • BW600 and BW500 mixed fleet support.

VideoVault overview

EdgeVis Video Vault is a secure web based evidence management system. It collects evidence from your fleet of body worn cameras and allows it to be stored, managed, edited and shared. Evidence can be reviewed and managed by authorised users from any PC, smartphone or tablet.

  • Web based Media, Device and User Management

  • View recordings and map view with GPS trail overlay

  • Create and export Incident reports

  • Audit logging captures all actions from the moment the record button was pressed

  • Available as a cloud service or on premises

VideoVault v14 important information

VideoVault v10 upgrade instructions

Upgrading from VideoVault v10 to v14 is a multi step process. To ensure the upgrade goes smoothly, refer to the instructions in the VideoVault v14 Upgrade Process article.

Dock Controller firmware must also be upgraded to v14.

RFID card reader support

VideoVault v14 supports RF 200 and RF 220 RFID card reader models. The RF 100 card reader is no longer supported. Please check the product label on your card reader against the table below to confirm if it is supported before upgrading to VideoVault v14.

Mixed Fleets of BW600 and BW500

VideoVault supports mixed fleets containing both BW600 and BW500 cameras.

Mixed fleet device profiles

With a mixed fleet, ensure that the device profiles within the system are set up correctly. It is possible to have different profiles for BW600 and BW500 , or a single profile that applies to both models. If cameras are being assigned by tapping an ID card on the RFID reader, then you must have a single profile for both models. A default mixed fleet profile is available from our Download Center.

Note: You must be logged in before you can access our Download Center. Please log in to your account if you haven't already done so.

Assigning mixed fleet cameras using an RFID Reader?

When using ID card assignment, a camera is assigned at random. If you have both BW600 and BW500 cameras connected to the same Dock Controller then you may get a different camera model assigned each time. This can be resolved by having BW600 and BW500 cameras connected to different Dock Controllers.

VideoVault v14 licence model

VideoVault v14 requires a licence for each camera added to the system. The licence

should be requested from Digital Barriers before installing VideoVault v14.

To obtain a licence:

Send a request to licences@digitalbarriers.com containing the following information:

  • The licence request is for VideoVault v14.

  • Your original camera purchase order reference number.

  • The number of camera licences required.

  • If you require the Central VideoVault licence, then state this in your request. This should only be requested if it is needed. If upgrading from VideoVault v10 and already using Central VideoVault, please ensure this is stated in your request.

VideoVault v14 licence FAQ

Is a licence required for a trial?

Yes. Please state this when requesting a licence.

Is a licence needed if upgrading from VideoVault v10?

Yes. Contact Digital Barriers to obtain the licence and upgrade instructions prior to upgrading.

How do I get a new licence?

Send a request to licences@digitalbarriers.com stating that the licence request is for VideoVault v14, the number of camera licences required, and your original camera purchase order reference number.

Automatic device software upgrades

VideoVault v14 supports automatic upgrading of cameras and dock controller devices. It is recommended that auto upgrade of cameras is enabled to keep your fleet on the latest software version.

  • New software releases can be obtained from Digital Barriers and uploaded to VideoVault.

  • If automatic upgrade is enabled, cameras will be updated when they are docked and have completed offloading all recordings.

  • For more information on setting up automatic software updates, refer to the Camera and Dock Controller Software Updates section of the VideoVault Setup Guide.

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