It looks like they are going to get this niche: body worn cameras (plus supporting services including facial recognition) for law enforcement. Interesting but will it help them to achieve this goal?
Panasonic targets security camera sales of at least 100 billion yen ($823 million) in fiscal 2018, up 40% from fiscal 2014. The company will leverage its prowess in 4K high-definition video to set itself apart.
Not sure if the wearable cameras will have the processing power on the edge for the analytics. As the articles states, they provide Thoughbook Laptops for most if not all Police Departments. The processing power of the laptops can be used for the analytics, maybe as an attached device.
The body cam market is certainly hot and it appears, e.g., Taser is making a killing with their early start and police connections.
Btw, that up 40% goal from 2014 to 2018 is really quite modest as it translates to an 8.9% compounded annual growth rate. Given the market's conditions now, not sure they can do it, but it's not an outrageous goal.
I have seen their their 1st gen body cams and i will say they are bulky heavy and come in two pieces. if they are going to corner the market they better streamline their design a bit. they do however have great sharp images though.