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Calgary Police choose Panasonic Arbitrator 360º™ for 350 vehicles

MISSISSAUGA, ON (February 6, 2013) – The Calgary Police Service has announced the selection of the Panasonic Arbitrator 360º™ mobile digital video system to enhance the safety and effectiveness of officers in the field. The system will be installed in 350 police service vehicles through 2014.

“Panasonic Arbitrator 360º™ systems are being used by police departments across North America because of their advanced technology and their ruggedness,” Susan Black, Director, Sales and Strategic Marketing, Computer and AV Solutions, Panasonic Canada Inc. “We are proud to work with the Calgary Police Service to help bring a new generation of safety and security to officers and public alike.”

The selection of the Panasonic Arbitrator 360º™ followed extensive testing and pilot projects to choose the most effective solution for the police organization. The police service vehicles, including two helicopters, will be fitted with the fully-integrated system for video capture, storage, transfer and video management. The cameras will record automatically when cruiser lights are activated or if a police vehicle is involved in a collision. Police officers will wear wireless microphones that can record audio at a distance of more than 300 meters. The Arbitrator 360º™ allows for up to five cameras to be recorded and viewed simultaneously while offering a 360 degree view.

The images and audio captured by the Arbitrator 360º™ may be used as evidence during investigations or for criminal proceedings. Videos will be stored for a predetermined period and purged automatically from the system if they are not required.

“The cameras are an important piece of technology for policing,” said Calgary Police Services Superintendent Katie McLellan. “They provide an added layer of safety and transparency for both the public and the police officers.”

The Arbitrator 360º™ is rugged and durable and is used with a mobile computer such as the Toughbook computer. It is engineered to excel in demanding environments such as law enforcement. The cameras are temperature, vibration and dust-resistant with low-light technology that allows for viewing at any time of day. The wide-angle lens has a 220x zoom giving an unprecedented maximum field of view. The system offers 128GB of storage and up to 2,592 hours of recording.

Two hundred cameras will be installed in 2012/2013 with the remaining 150 cameras installed over the course of 2014.

About Panasonic Canada Inc.
Panasonic Canada Inc. is a subsidiary of Panasonic North America, one of the world's largest producers of electronic and electric products for consumer, business and industrial use. Information on Panasonic’s Toughbook Notebook solutions can be obtained by visiting www.panasonic.ca.

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