Body cameras on law enforcement personnel are a hot topic these days, albeit a very controversial topic. Viridian Weapon Technologies just introduced an on-weapon camera system that can supplement body cameras worn by law enforcement or be used for recording action by sport shooters or concealed weapons carriers.
Labeled as the Fast Access Camera Technology (FACT) system, the light and camera combo mounts to standard rail systems and is about the same size as most pistol lights. Viridian also states that the new technology can be used by concealed weapons carriers to record defensive situations.
On a side note, I’m personally torn on the issue of body cameras and recording devices for law enforcement. In theory, recording encounters should clear up confusion in deadly situations. In reality, it appears that footage depicting difficult, split-second decisions can create more questions than it answers.
In any event, I’m looking forward to some hands on with Viridian’s forward-thinking tech.
From The Viridian FACT Press Release:
Viridian Weapon Technologies officially announced today at SHOT SHOW 2017 a revolutionary new product category that fills a crucial gap, not only within the firearms industry, but for society as a whole. Introducing FACT weapon-mounted cameras for law enforcement, conceal and carry, and self-defense.
“No product introduction at SHOT SHOW 2017 is more relevant than FACT,” said Viridian® President and CEO Brian Hedeen. “FACT can reveal what really happened in situations when a firearm is involved.” Hedeen went on to say, “FACT is not a replacement for a body camera; but with it being uniquely positioned under the muzzle of a firearm, the high definition video and audio captured by a FACT camera may better tell the real story of what occurred. Who knows, the footage might even be powerful enough to stop a riot before it starts.”
FACT [Fast Access Camera Technology] is designed for law enforcement, private security and the legally armed citizen and incorporates Viridian’s proprietary INSTANT-ON® activation to ensure the HD video and audio capture automatically records every time the weapon is out of the holster.
Three different FACT models will be introduced in 2017.
- FACT DUTY – Law enforcement, duty-grade model with HD camera, forward facing audio plus 500 lumen taclight for full size firearms. ADMIN data evidence integrity built-in.
- FACT COMPACT- Universal rail mounted model with HD camera, forward facing audio plus 140 lumen taclight for compact firearms.
- FACT MICRO – Trigger guard mounted model with HD camera and forward facing audio for subcompact/pocket pistols.
Viridian Weapon Technologies will be launching FACTTM weapon-mounted cameras at SHOT SHOW 2017 at booth #653.