According to Davao City Central 911’s Chief Operating Officer, Emmanuel R. Jaldon: The Davao City Central 911 is the third in the world to use the 911 emergency number.
The emergency 911 originated in 1937 in the United Kingdom as an experiment starting with the number 999. The United States proposed the usage of the digits 911 instead and by 1968 it became official that 911 would be the single emergency hotline to be used because of its simplicity and dialed easily. The 911 emergency network in Davao City, is the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region.
This December, Central 911, has partnered with Transcend to supply the DrivePro 220 dashboard cameras into ambulances and their other vehicles. Features such as the speed limit alerts, lane departure warning, and GPS coordinates, allows Central 911 to monitor their response team and rescue vehicles by accessing log files through Wi-Fi connectivity. It also allows Central 911 to audit response time and other procedures on a daily basis.
“We still haven’t felt the changes but certainly we feel safer knowing we have relevant data that we can pull out if there are incidents that our vehicles may experience,” Jaldon said.
The Transcend DrivePro 220 has been integrated into Central 911’s vehicles this December. The dashcam features emergency recording with an f1.8 lens, snapshot feature, and can be viewed through a bright 2.4” colored LCD screen. Among its features is the Forward Collision Warning System that informs drivers if there is a high-risk collision on the road.
The DrivePro 220 features a GPS receiver that logs driving records. It also records date and time of the recorded footage and pinpoints exact location to allow further assistance from other response team should it be necessary.
The DrivePro Toolbox is a software feature can monitor multiple devices at a time from Central 911 headquarters. Response time from dispatch to reaching destination and the routes taken are also recorded.
Another feature from the DrivePro 220 that prevents accidents is the Lane Departure Warning system. It alerts drivers if there are other vehicles on either side of the lane. This is to prevent drivers from making abrupt lane switching while responding to an emergency destination.
At the same time, personnel are equipped with the DrivePro Body 20. It is a camera attached on the body to document incidents, while police officer make an arrest or confront situations.
The Body 20 has been designed for military and law enforcement applications. It features 1080p recording with live-streaming to iOS and Android devices with its built-in Wi-Fi function. The DrivePro Body 20 is shock and water resistant, allowing it to withstand weather and rough situations.
The DrivePro 20 has a single snapshot button, large enough to be pressed when needed. This allows users to take immediate photos in the midst of recording to collect immediate evidence of incidents.
The DrivePro Body app for iOS and Android prevents tampering of evidence by automatically embedding recording and snapshot with a user ID and timestamp. Battery life of the DrivePro Body 20 lasts up to 3.5 hours, which is a fair amount when confronting some incidents.
Similar to the DrivePro 220, the DrivePro Body Toolbox will allow ease of monitoring of DrivePro Body 20 users, to manage video recordings from headquarters.
The DrivePro Body 20 is managed in headquarters with a multifunctional docking station. It allows up to six Body 20 to be docked, for charging and upload recordings into the main computer where they will be stored and archived. The dock features an auto-backup function. In the instance the primary footage is lost to unforeseen events, headquarters will always have a second copy of the same video.