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Body Cameras in Sport - Supporting Referees and Preventing Abuse

The KS4 is a small, unobtrusive body camera featuring our most advanced capabilities, designed to suit game play scenarios with simple record activation and secure mounting, while supporting remote field conditions for grassroots sports referees.

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Verbal, physical and threatening abuse towards officials, even young referees under the age of eighteen, seems to have only increased since the return of grassroots level sports post-lockdown with new research suggesting it's reached a crisis point.

The research by Dr Tom Webb and Martin Cassidy, for their book Referees, Match Officials & Abuse, in which they surveyed 2,056 referees in England, found that more than nine in ten referees had been verbally abused, while 59.7% experienced some form of abuse every two games. In cricket and rugby, around 55% of officials said they had experienced abuse while in charge of a match, while in football a staggering 93.7% of officials reported incidents of abuse.

Reveal body camera solutions assist in reducing the number of incidents in grassroots sports by deterring, deescalating and documenting verbal and physical aggression. Just wearing the device deters poor behaviour whilst our front-facing screen shows perpetrators how they are acting and acts as an de-escalation tool. Should a situation become heated, our KS4 camera can record an independent account of events documenting everything that has happened including up to 30 seconds prior to the recording feature being activated. This helps improve the confidence of referees and their overall safety and well-being, while simultaneously reducing turnover and supporting the training of new and young officials.

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Front-Facing Screen: This signature Reveal body camera feature has a proven calming effect on people being recorded on both sides of the lens and maximises transparency with the public. When faced with heightened tension on the pitch, our camera helps give confidence to players, coaches and spectators that decision-making and actions remain clear.

Match Ready: The KS4 is solidly built with unbreakable security, ultra-low light and a full-match battery life of 2.5hrs. It comes with ruggedised casing to ensure maximum performance even in the toughest conditions such as heavy rain. This robust design, paired with the world's leading evidence management software, makes our body camera system the go-to solution for grassroots referees.

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Intuitive Operation: We have always put design at the forefront of our product philosophy. Our one-touch red sliding switch activates the camera with a single, quick and simple action, making it extremely easy for referees to operate at a moments notice. Plus with pre-record, footage is captured up to 30 seconds before the switch is activated to give a complete picture of incidents that may have taken place.

Designed for the Field: The KS4 supports game play in more remote locations by facilitating footage uploading by WiFi through a light touch action for review by other parties. More advanced functionality such as GPS coordinate capturing gives additional information on camera usage and allows for locations to be tracked for enhanced incident investigation.

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Deter, De-escalate and Document violence and aggression

Reveal body cameras are designed to calm situations before they escalate. By displaying footage on the front-facing screen in real-time as it is being recorded, the behaviour of those on both sides of the lens is modified and transparency between referees, players and coaches is maximised. Just wearing the device will be enough to prevent some incidents from ever happening, once the screen is on and recording, the front-facing screen further deescalates the levels of aggression and should the worst happen, there will be visual and audio evidence of the event, including up to 30 seconds prior to the recording starting according to which model used.

Improve transparency and accountability

Body-worn cameras enable the capture of first-hand video recordings and the gathering of indisputable evidence for increased transparency, accountability, and accurate incident reporting.

Increase confidence on the pitch

Equipping referees with the body-worn cameras to deter verbal and physical abuse will not only improve their confidence in terms of feeling supported, but knowing action is being taken contributes to their overall health and wellbeing.

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