Eagle Eye Networks, Inc. is granting the gift of foresight to emergency first responders. Yesterday, the cloud video surveillance company revealed their “First Responders Real-time Video Access,” which enables first responders to use the iOS and Android smartphone application, Eagle Eye Viewer, to access real-time time video feed. Through the application, first responders gain immediate situational awareness in emergency situations.
“We’ve had an overwhelming demand to deliver immediate video access to first responders,” said Dean Drako, President and CEO of Eagle Eye Networks. “Our customers want to be fully prepared to equip their local first responders with critical, real-time insights in the event of an emergency situation – while still retaining their full daily privacy.”
The Eagle Eye Security Camera VMS First Responder Real-time Video Access works in the following way:
- First Responder Pre-designation—Eagle Eye Security Camera VMS administrators pre-designate a list of first responders with access to a given video feed during emergencies. Administrations subsequently pre-designate specific internal personnel to be able of viewing the video feed.
- Closed Loop Confirmation—Once the names and email addresses of first responders are submitted, designated first responders will receive an email that allows them to ‘accept’ the request to view the video feed. First responders will also need to download the Eagle Eye Viewer application to be able to view the emergency video feed.
- Activation during Emergencies—Video feeds are private until activated by authorized personnel during an emergency. Once access in enabled, first responders can view the video feed from a web browser or the Eagle Eye View app.
- Activation Emails with Links to Relevant Video—Authorized personnel have the ability to select individual cameras for first responders to have viewing access. Once a camera is authorized, first responders receive an email containing direct links to these specifically selected cameras.
- Force Touch—If directly threatened and without ample time to launch the application, authorized personnel can use “force touch” on the phone applications’ icon to enable access to the cameras by first responders.
- Open application programming interface (API) for Emergency Notification System Integration—Eagle Eye Networks’ open RESTful Eagle cloud video API allows security teams to integrate first responder video emails to existing emergency notification systems that may already be in place.
“Giving Public Safety Officers the ability to share live video surveillance cameras on smart phones during an emergency is a game changer in operational scenarios,” said Dr. Erroll G. Southers, former FBI Special Agent, and current Managing Director, Counterterrorism & Infrastructure Protection, TAL Global.“This solution can act as a response multiplier by providing a coordinated visibility component into emergency decision-making. During a crisis, real-time situational awareness and streamlined decision making can be the difference in protecting the public and first responders during life and death situations.”