Watch out criminals. You’re on FIDO Cam!
Made in the UK by the Military and Law Enforcement Division of Industrial Television Ltd, FIDO Cam was developed to assist police SWAT units which needed to check inside buildings before their teams entered. The apparatus has also been used in drug busts and in search and rescue operations.
FIDO Cam is mounted on trained police and rescue dogs as seen here:
The company estimates that 70% of the police units in the UK own the gear; when activated, the camera sends a live feed of what ever the dog is seeing back to the handler.
Camera footage can also be used in court as evidence.
I wonder how long even a highly trained dog will wear the device (because it doesn’t look very comfortable).
At over £10,000 per unit, one thing is for sure: it’s unlikely that these cameras will be purchased by dog owners who want to know what their dog gets up to when they are not at home!