Smarter Cities: Real Time Evidence Acquisition & Sharing Using Smart Phone Camera
Publication Date: 2013-Apr-08
The IP.com Prior Art Database
Disclosed a system by which a witness can provide police with a real-time video of a crime in progress. The system is comprised of an application on a user's smart phone that, when launched, records a crime in progress and streams the video to a secure server belonging to local law enforcement.
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This invention addresses the lack of real time evidence available to police when responding to a crime or an emergency. The main problem this solves is the lack of
witnesses who actually follow through with helping the police, especially when it is a violent crime.
The solution is a system by which a witness can provide police with a real-time video of a crime in progress. The video is streamed to a police server while the crime is happening and is then stored in a data center for further use by police . A video of the
crime not only provides hard evidence for use in court, but also greatly reduces the need for the witness to be involved in the prosecution .
With this invention, if a person witnesses a crime in progress, instead of calling the police and describing the events, the user can share a video of what is taking place in real time. The user of this application must have a data plan to stream the video to the servers of the local police. Otherwise, the witness could take the video with a smart phone, go somewhere with a Wi-Fi connection, and then upload the video. This solution is more reliable than depending upon a witness' memory , which might produce
an incomplete recount of the crime.
The invention consists of an application running on a smart phone that connects to a secure database on a police force's server. The application sends a video in real time to the server, which then saves it to the database. The user launches the application
when witnessing a crime. The application starts the video recorder and immediately beg...