Digital Ally has filed a patent for a system that augments video data with presence data from proximity tags, linking specific objects to video recordings. The invention includes a camera, proximity tag reader, and control circuitry to encode frames with proximity tag information. GlobalData’s report on Digital Ally gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Digital Ally, Remote controlled surveillance was a key innovation area identified from patents. Digital Ally's grant share as of January 2024 was 68%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Augmenting video data with presence data from proximity tags

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Digital Ally, Inc.

A patent application (Publication Number: US20240038275A1) describes a proximity device designed to work in conjunction with image recording devices. The proximity device includes a proximity tag reader that can detect a proximity tag and communicate with the image recording device. The device is capable of transmitting proximity signals to the image recording device, indicating the position of the proximity tag relative to the reader at different times. These signals are then used to enhance individual frames of video data captured by the recording device, providing additional information about the proximity of the tag.

Furthermore, the patent application details a video combiner system that integrates image data with proximity information within a video recording setup. This system includes communication connections with image recording devices and proximity devices, along with processors programmed to receive and process video and proximity data. The processors augment the video frames with signal strengths corresponding to different times, along with timestamps and other relevant information. The system can also handle audio data captured by the recording devices and transmit the augmented video data to a data store wirelessly. Additionally, a recording device manager is described, which can receive video and proximity data, augment frames with proximity signals, and trigger recording based on proximity tag detection. The manager can also indicate triggers in the video frames and handle consecutive or non-consecutive frames within the video data.

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