BWC Safety Testing

Recently some members have expressed concerns about the potential negative health effects of wearing body-worn cameras. Chairman of our Safety Committee and 6D Chief Shop Steward Ofc. Robert Underwood researched the issue and shared the concern with MPD and the manufacturer. In short, during testing the cameras released so little energy that the testing equipment wasn’t able to detect any measurable amounts. Meaning that these cameras produce no emissions that are known to cause any adverse health effects. You can read Chief Shop Steward Robert Underwood’s summary of the testing and the published report below.

UL Verification Services, Inc. published a report on May 29, 2014 entitled SAR Evaluation Report for the Axon Flex and Body. “SAR” stands for “Specific Absorption Rate” and measures the amount of electromagnetic energy generated by the camera and absorbed by human tissue, and these values are measured in watts per kilogram of tissue (W/Kg). In the Unites States, the FCC limits the amount of radiation to 1.6 W/Kg per 1 gram of tissue.

During testing, the AXON Flex and the AXON Body were placed in positions that mimic being worn by an officer, either adjacent to the head with no separation, or near the body with a maximum of five millimeters of separation. To provide some context, a fairly common device like an iPhone 5s on the AT&T network produces around 0.91 W/Kg to the body, and 0.78 to the head. In the UL Verification Services report, under the section entitled “Attestation of Test Results,” it states, “The highest reported SAR values are 0 W/kg to the body, and 0 W/kg to the head, meaning that the electromagnetic energy being released by the AXON Flex and the AXON Body is so low that the highly sensitive devices used by the research team could not detect any energy whatsoever.

To check out the study for yourself, click here or view it below.

Posted May 12 2016 at 12:08 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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