Housing association in Bedford becomes first in UK to pioneer the use of Body Worn Video

The discreet camera is incorporated into the ID badge, as demonstrated by the bpha housing officer (left)

A Bedford housing association has become the first in the UK to use innovative Body Worn Video (BWV) to help keep its employees safe when working.

A group of four Housing Officers from bpha are currently trialling the newly developed ID Pro device, a product designed to revolutionise the way that lone workers are kept safe.

Unlike traditional body cameras, the SoloProtect solution is housed in a discreet ID badge and rather than continuously capturing video it has been designed to be activated if an incident occurs.

Video evidence is then streamed directly to the SoloProtect Alarm Receiving Centre and stored in the cloud rather than on the individual unit, meaning that time downloading footage is not necessary.

Matthew Hunt, bpha’s Health Safety & Environment Officer, said, “The safety of our employees is paramount, and we are really excited to be trialling the ID Pro devices.

“We have worked closely with SoloProtect for a number of years and have found their lone worker solutions invaluable. Adding video as another level of safety makes perfect sense and is something that I expect to benefit us hugely.”

With the trial set to finish in March, bpha is currently providing regular frontline feedback to the SoloProtect team to help them make any final product refinements.

Craig Swallow, Managing Director, SoloProtect, said, “We’re delighted to be supplying bpha, and look forward to seeing how their team get on with the new devices.

“When we started developing the ID Pro, we always wanted comprehensive safety of the individual lone worker to be at the heart of the product’s functionality.

“We believe the product delivers this, and it’s great to be able to deliver a device that can significantly speed up alarm verification and get the best possible response for the user.”

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