Henry here again with another trip report. Kopis was invited by the City of Boulder, Colorado’s SWAT Team to test our Networked Tactical Television. Our host was Commander Greg LeFabre, a Denver-area native who has been in law enforcement throughout a distinguished career.
The weather was clear and sunny. The temperature was a cool 20 degrees. Snow covered the ground of a ranch house owned by the city’s Open Space and Mountain Parks. The location served as an excellent spot for a hostage scenario incident site.
The SWAT Team established an operations center at the main access road. Several role players found their positions at a house on the back side of a hill.
NTtv was quickly deployed in multiple locations. One system served as the primary link to the operations center. One served as a mobile link via the SWAT team leader who wore a MOHOC camera on his helmet.
The third system served as an overwatch fixed camera. Finally, a fourth system was slung beneath a drone to serve as an airborne relay.
The command element was able to watch the video streams from one rugged tablet.
We were very happy with the cold-weather performance of the system overall, especially battery duration.
For the afternoon scenario, the team deployed NTtv in a tree at the crest of the hill. As you can see in the video clip, the NTtv relay covered a large area. It enabled real time video from the MOHOC helmet-mounted cameras to stream virtually anywhere in and around the incident site.
This clip shows the tree emplacement. Video is transmitted essentially by the NTtv encoders ‘talking’ to each other over a secure network they establish themselves.
There is no need to be connected to any external WiFi network. This is super handy when working in remote locations like what you see in the videos.
Commander LeFabre and his guys were great hosts and really put the system through its paces. We started the company 5 years ago with the idea that we could develop products to improve the lives of military, law enforcement, and first responders. We couldn’t do it without their input during exercises like this.