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US police equip tracker dogs with GPS and surveillance

Universal Surveillance Systems : 08 November, 2013  (Application Story)
Police in San Diego are fighting crime with the help of two tracker dogs that have been equipped with tracking vests with GPS and surveillance technology donated by USS
US police equip tracker dogs with GPS and surveillance

Universal Surveillance Systems (USS) has developed and donated two state-of-the-art customized high-tech tracking canine vests equipped with wireless video surveillance and GPS location technology to the San Bernardino County (CA) Sheriff’s Department Rancho Cucamonga Station. The vests will greatly enhance the department’s new Bloodhound K9 Tracking Unit by providing it with cutting edge remote video and location data feed technology for smart phones and laptops.

The specialized vests utilize the latest technology to track the hounds’ locations at all times while recording and transmitting the audio and video of their searches for documentation ofsuspect apprehensions and canine training. Each vest is equipped with state-of-the-art video and GPS units integrated into a high performance, easy to use tracking and monitoring system.

The compact camera records audio and 1080p HD video with a 1.5-hour capacity at the highest video resolution. For event documentation, the cameras can also take up to 3,000 still photos viaremote control. Using the camera’s Wi-Fi interface through a smart phone or laptop, law enforcement has complete camera control and can monitor live video and audio. Recorded video and photos are easily uploaded to a smart phone or computer via Wi-Fi or USB cable and can be immediately forwarded for time-sensitive applications such as warrants. For use in rough terrains, the rugged camera is waterproof to 30 feet.

The GPS unit transmits the dog’s current location, and the receiver displays and records the paths traveled of up to 10 dogs from a nine-mile range on a map to greatly facilitate tracking logistics and eliminate duplicative searches. A compass-tracking feature allows law enforcement to physically follow the dogs via a directional display or actual location on the map. The GPS unit’s built-in sensors also indicate if a dog is sitting, running, barking, on point or treeing a suspect.

“Crime prevention is at the heart of the USS mission, and these high-tech tracking canine vests will provide local law enforcement with an amazing new tool to keep our community safe,” said Adel Sayegh, USS president and CEO. “USS is proud to support the San Bernardino County Sheriffs with this donation by using our expertise in thelatest surveillance technology to greatly enhance their new tracking canineprogram.”

"The high-tech vest donation by Adel is a blessing far beyond our expectations," said Captain Anthony Onodera. "We had no idea this advanced technology was available, and it will greatly enhance our K-9 program in finding lost and missing people more quickly and efficiently. We can't thank Adel and USS enough for their generous donation."

Deputy Ryan Girard commented, “These vests give us incredible capabilities. Not only do they provide fantastic video images that allow us to see past the dog, but we are also able to record video for later detailed review to find previously missed clues that may be instrumental in our investigations.”

“The hi-tech vests from USS have become indispensable for training,” said Deputy Mike Mason. “They allow us to record every move so that the entire trail can be reviewed later in detail to find areas of improvement much like football teams utilize video of their last game to perfect their plays. We have found this function to be critical in building the officer-dog relationship that determines the effectiveness of our team.”

The Bloodhound K9 Tracking Unit includes two deputies and two bloodhounds, Dare and Deja, who will assist the department in locating missing children, adults, objects and suspects who flee. Bloodhounds are one of the oldest breeds of dogs that hunt by scent, with olfactory abilities far beyond that of humans allowing them to locate a targeted scent very quickly. Dare and Deja can track any human scent over the course of several miles, even when the trail is several hours old and over hard terrain such as cement and asphalt.

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