Digital Ally has filed a patent for a video collection system that includes a body-wearable video camera, a camera dock, and a video collection manager. The camera dock interfaces with the camera and stores video data, which can then be transferred to the video collection manager. The patent also includes a method for obtaining and analyzing video data, allowing for the selection and transfer of specific subsets of data based on criteria provided by the video collection manager. GlobalData’s report on Digital Ally gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Video collection and storage device with camera dock and manager

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

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230319231A1) describes a video collection and storage device that includes a camera dock, a dock processing element, and a dock memory unit. The device is capable of obtaining and analyzing a set of video data from a video camera and transferring and storing the subset of video data to the dock memory unit.

The method involves acquiring an indication that a video camera is connected to the camera dock and obtaining metadata from the video camera that indicates the video data stored on it. The metadata is then analyzed to determine a subset of video data to be transferred and stored in the dock memory unit. The device can also obtain criteria from a video collection manager and select a sub-subset of video data based on the criteria. This sub-subset of video data is then transferred to the video collection manager.

The patent claims also mention that the criteria can include indications such as a beacon indication, mark indication, location indication, location tracking indication, speed indication, loud noise indication, or time indication. These criteria can be associated with triggering events included in the metadata, which initiate the transfer and storage of the video data.

The video collection and storage device may include an electrical contact on the camera dock, allowing the subset of video data to be transferred to the dock memory unit when the video camera is placed in the dock. Additionally, the device may have wireless communication capabilities to communicate with other video collection and storage devices and the video camera itself.

The method described in the patent also includes the option to reduce the size of the sub-subset of video data by reducing the number of frames or the resolution of the video data.

Overall, this patent describes a video collection and storage device that can efficiently obtain, analyze, and transfer video data from a video camera to a dock memory unit based on specified criteria. The device offers the potential for improved video data management and organization.

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