The new patent pending technology, Camera Canvass Tracker application is designed to simplify a task done by investigators every day, canvassing for surveillance cameras. In today’s growing times, with the use of surveillance cameras increasing every day, the need for a system that automatically builds a database of these cameras for you is essential. Below you will find several issues associated with canvassing for surveillance video and how the Camera Canvass Tracker assists with these issues.
Issue 1: Locating the surveillance video
- Have you ever had to canvass for a video camera at night, on a dark street, with few street lights? This is very difficult and you often return back the next morning to find out that you missed a surveillance camera and lost valuable investigative time.
- If you used Camera Canvass Tracker, you would enter and store the camera location so the next time your investigation leads you to the same block, you already know where the cameras are!
Issue 2: Locating the person who maintains control of the system, who will supply the password and grant access to view/download the video.
- Have you ever had difficulty locating the “super” and when you finally do, you learn that they have to call the building manager to gain access to the system?
- If you used Camera Canvass Tracker, you would store the contact information and other DVR details so that the next time you have to return to the same location for a new investigation you would know who to call to gain access and where to go to retrieve the video. You would even have the password to the device that worked the last time you visited the location!
Issue 3: Calculating the time difference when you are standing in front of a DVR that has the incorrect time on it.
- Have you ever attempted to locate your incident on a video when the DVR time is off by days, hours, minutes, and sometimes even years? This is very time consuming and leaves room for human error.
- The time you are standing in front of the DVR is: May 5th, 2016 @0330 hours
- The time shown on the live DVR as you stand there is: September 18, 2013 @ 1426 hours
- The crime you are investigating occurred on: May 4, 2016 @ 2345 hours
- Did you calculate the DVR to be off by 959 days 13 hours and 4 minutes?
- Did you figure out that you have to turn the DVR to 9/18/13 at 1041 hours to find your incident?
- This took about 40 seconds with Camera Canvass Tracker and removed the risk of human error. It also left you with a permanent record of your calculations for your case folder.
Issue 4: Testimony regarding the recovery of the video, the name of the location, time you recovered it, and what the time was on the DVR when you recovered it.
- Have you ever been cross-examined regarding the discrepancy between the time stamp of the video and the incident time of the crime you’re investigating? Have you ever heard the defense say it could not have possibly been the crime because the times do not line up?
- The Camera Canvass Tracker will leave you with a time stamp every time you use it and will document the calculations showing the time differences. You will also have the documentation to support that showing, the location name, address, contact person, and all of the calculations that you performed.
How does CAMERA CANVASS TRACKER eliminate these issues?
- Calculate Time Differences: Enter your DVR information, including: the location, time currently on the DVR as you're looking at it, the date and time of your occurrence, and the actual time you're viewing the DVR. Once you click "calculate," you will immediately be informed of the exact date and time that you need to turn the DVR to in order to find the video footage at your specific occurrence time. The calculator will give you the difference in days, and hours, as well as the exact "Go to Date" and Go to Time."
- Record your DVR's/Cameras: Enter the location of the DVRs/cameras you are viewing and CREATE a DATABASE of your DVRs. Every time you use the calculator and enter a location, you are automatically creating a database of your DVRs/cameras. Enter DVR details for future reference. DVR details include: location name, phone number, contact person's name and phone number, make and model of DVR, length of time recorded, if there are exterior or interior cameras, and whether cameras were operable. Also, you can type in any additional notes in the notes box.
- View database as a list: Every DVR you enter is kept in a list in date order. This list can be searched using any keywords, including: date, business name, street name, etc. The list can also be sorted by distance from a location. Simply enter an address and hit sort. The list will then give you any DVR you have previously entered within 1/2 mile of that location.
- View database on a map: Every DVR you enter will be GPS plotted on a map. The map will use your current location to give you all DVRs near your location or enter an address and see all DVRs around that address. Click on any of the markings on the map to view full DVR details that you have entered.
- Export database: Export an excel report directly to your email account on file. The report will contain all DVR details entered as well as the calculations that you performed.
Option 1: The Personal Use option which is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play. This option allows the users to utilize the app and access only the data entered by that one user.
Option 2: The Group Account option (NOW Available) will allow the users to join together with their co-workers. Each member of the group plan will gain access through approval of EACH member in the group. Each member will approve the other members of the group to gain access to their data they have entered. This will allow particular members in a specific area to share their data with each other.
Option 3: The Department Account option (NOW Available) contact us for rates.
How the Department Account works:
- The department as a whole would request that the application be available and installed for a specified number of cell phones/electronic devices (Tablets, I-pads, etc.).
- Members of that department would be able to gain access to the application on their cell phones/electronic devices.
- The users within the department would gain access to all data inputted by other members of said department.
- The data would ONLY be accessible to the members of the department that were granted access.
- The database for the department would build through several different means.
- First, we would upload any details regarding cameras that the department may already have stored directly into the account.
- Second, each user, during the course of his/her investigations, would enter the details of the cameras being viewing directly into their cell phones or electronic device. This would then be automatically entered into the database and be available to all of the departments’ users. This will also assist in keeping the data within the database current, as the information will constantly be updated.
- Thirdly, the department may do a camera survey. Utilizing the Camera Canvass Tracker for the surveys would allow the users to input the information directly into his/her phones or electronic devices, which would then go directly into the database.
- The Department Accounts will also include a full administrative panel for the department to manage its camera listings as well as a web-based version. The web-based version allows access through desktop computers as well as any cellular devise with internet connection.