MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — The Air Support Bureau of California’s Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) is using the TVU One mobile transmitter with its aerial reconnaissance fleet to provide real-time decision-making during incidents.
The Air Support Bureau oversees the OCSD’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program, which was launched in 2019. Orange County has more than 20 pilots to operate its fleet of UAVs. However, before adopting TVU’s solutions earlier this year, command staff would have to crowd around the UAV pilot and watch the small monitor on the drone controller during a live incident to review video.
“They don’t get the same level of situational awareness as if they had their own view,” said Jer Kahala, chief UAV pilot, OCSD. “We were not able to provide situational awareness to members of our department on an active case because we didn’t have a way of distributing the video.”
TVU transmits live video with sub-second latency to the Air Support Bureau.
“It gives us that ability to have multiple people all watching the same incident as it happens,” Kahala said. “It’s a very, very efficient way of dealing with tactical situations — you turn it on, and it works.”
The OCSD can also stream live video to the mobile data terminals/mobile digital computer (MDTs/MDCs) in department vehicles.
“This has a huge impact on officer safety,” Kahala said, “by allowing us to show responding officers and deputies the scene as it’s unfolding to see where the threats may be.”
Now in its sixth generation, the TVU One mobile transmitter aggregates all available data connections, including cellular, 5G, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, satellite, and others with sub-second latency to transmit live, broadcast-quality video from any location. It features an advanced video compression standard in addition to TVU’s patented Inverse StatMux Plus (IS+) transmission algorithm to provide superior, reliable video with less overhead. TVU One is also capable of providing FirstNet and Frontline services.