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“It’s a product of truth,” said President of WatchGuard Robert Vanman. “What we record only helps the good guys for whatever side of the windshield they’re on.”

Helping the good guys is the mission that propels the WatchGuard team every day.

“As a company, it’s very rewarding that the work that we do, day in, day out, has a material impact into our law enforcement customers,” said Robert Vanman.

WatchGuard is setting itself a part from other dash cam products, as it offers HD technology.

“We gained traction in the market first because of our DV1 technology,” said Robert Vanman. “It was unique and very cost-effective. It solved a need and a niche that no other company was able to serve.”

WatchGuard celebrated the opening of its facility in Allen, Texas with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The company had occupied its Plano facility from 2004 and began shipping products in 2005.

“With true high definition video, you see details in the picture that articulate and describe what happened far better than a conventional video,” said Robert Vanman.

But with HD video comes an awful lot of storage. To remedy this problem, Watch Guard provides officers with a simple option.

“What’s unique about the approach that the 4RE takes is that it records both in high definition and standard definition simultaneously,” said Robert Vanman.

At the end of the recording, the officer tells the devise what type of event was just captured. And based on the event type, policy rules would dictate what format of footage the system saves.

“This will actually record onto a hard drive the entire time the car is powered up and that video will then transfer wirelessly through a server-based receiver at the police station so the accumulated video can be downloaded,” said Test Process Engineer David McClain.

The WatchGuard Video systems are being utilized in more than five thousand police departments. It’s not just the HD feature that sets WatchGuard a part. The devise also has a record-after-the-fact feature.

“We get a lot of feedback about the record-after-the-fact which is a feature that you can basically look in the hard drive and see if there’s any video you wanted to record that you may have missed previously,” said Technical Services Engineer Justin Vanman.

The WatchGuard Video team says there are literally hundreds of examples of how the record-after-the-fact has come into play, solving cases that conventional equipment would never solve.

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Kimber Westphall is a journalist with the Midwest gal charm. She grew up in Wichita, Kansas where she honed her journalism skills from an early age, always on a quest for that breaking story. When attending the University of Kansas, Kimber put her design skills to the test, spending many late nights in the newsroom as The Universtiy Daily Kansan’s Design Chief. Kimber was a member of the KUJH-TV news staff, both in front of and behind the camera. She started out as a stage manager and audio operator, eventually being promoted to Host and Web Producer of Jayhawks Sports Talk. Through out her Journalistic endeavors, Kimber completed freelance assignments for The Wichita Business Journal and Splurge! Magazine; both Wichita, KS publications. Then, Kimber was offered an assignment she couldn’t pass up. This assignment involved her passport as she traveled on an international press conference to London, representing Adjourn Magazine, based out of Los Angeles. Kimber now works for an advertising agency in Dallas, TX in the Creative Department. Kimber’s main focus is on designing print and web materials. When she is not hitting hard advertising deadlines, she is teaching fitness classes at LA Fitness. In conjunction with teaching five days a week, Kimber recently completed the Washington D.C. Marathon. Kimber is documenting all her fitness adventures, from flying trapeze lessons to Zumba classes on her column, “Blogging Fitness with Kimberly Westphall” on the site midwestsportsfans.com.


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