First Responders on FirstNet Can Now Access the Visual Labs Smartphone Body Camera Application via the FirstNet App Catalog
Following a rigorous review process, the Visual Labs smartphone body camera application is now FirstNet Certified™ and available via the FirstNet App Catalog.
FirstNet – America’s public safety communications platform – features the first-ever App Catalog geared to first responders. This gives FirstNet subscribers a dedicated location to find meaningful new solutions that have been specifically reviewed for use with FirstNet services.
Achieving a FirstNet Certified™ designation means the Visual Labs Smartphone Body Camera Application is a heavily vetted and trusted solution for public safety, meeting FirstNet app requirements. Before any mobile solution can be added to the FirstNet App Catalog, it must pass stringent tests for security, relevancy, data privacy and availability. As a FirstNet Certified™ app, the Visual Labs Smartphone Body Camera Application has been confirmed to meet those requirements, as well as higher requirements for availability, mobility, scalability and resiliency.
Additionally, FirstNet subscribers will benefit from FirstNet reliability while using the Visual Labs Smartphone Body Camera Application. FirstNet subscribers will also be able to take advantage of the Visual Labs Smartphone Body Camera solution while benefitting from the enhanced security provided by the FirstNet network core, which is the only physically separate network core dedicated entirely to public safety in America.
“FirstNet certification further demonstrates Visual Labs’ commitment to providing first responders with highly secure solutions that take advantage of the latest mobile and cloud technologies,” said Alex Popof, Chief Executive Officer of Visual Labs. “The power of a reliably connected smartphone has alleviated the need for stand-alone, proprietary body worn camera devices.”
Through its smartphone application, Visual Labs provides a CJIS-compliant body camera solution that is extremely powerful, yet easy to use. This “all-in-one” application provides first responders with a body camera, a digital camera, an audio recorder and a personnel locator – all while retaining the full functionality of the smartphone itself.
Whereas most body camera offerings require dedicated cameras and proprietary hardware ecosystems, Visual Labs has harnessed the power of the smartphone and its embedded camera, transforming it into a body-worn computer that eliminates the need for officers to connect to any additional hardware. Consequently, the Visual Labs solution offers more functionality at a lower price than many competitive offerings. The Visual Labs smartphone body camera application has been deployed by public safety agencies and private security companies all across the United States.
Being built with AT&T, in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority, FirstNet is bringing public safety a much-needed technology upgrade to help them connect to the critical information they need – every day and in every emergency.
“Only highly secure, high quality, public safety relevant applications are added to the FirstNet App Catalog. And we’re pleased that the Visual Labs Smartphone Body Camera Application is now Certified and available to FirstNet subscribers,” said Bob Sloan, chief operating officer, FirstNet Program at AT&T. “The Visual Labs Smartphone Body Camera Application will bring public safety additional capabilities to enhance situational awareness via the livestreaming functionality built into the application.”
“Through our work with first responders, we heard their need for innovative applications to assist with their lifesaving mission. FirstNet is helping to address these needs, and we are pleased to welcome the Visual Labs Smartphone Body Camera Application to the FirstNet App Catalog,” said Mark Golaszewski, executive director of Technology and Innovation, First Responder Network Authority.