SOURCE: Brekford Corp.

Brekford Corp.

May 19, 2016 08:00 ET

Brekford Files Patent Application for Automated Detection of Electronic Distracted Driving Violations

Includes Cell Phone Use Detection and High Resolution Anti-Glare Infraction Images

HANOVER, MD--(Marketwired - May 19, 2016) - Brekford Corp. (OTCQX: BFDI), a leading public safety and security technology service provider of automated traffic safety enforcement ("ATSE") solutions, parking enforcement solutions, and an end-to-end suite of technology equipment for public safety vehicle services, announced today that it has filed a provisional patent application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") relating to automated detection and photo enforcement of distracted driving violations.

"Brekford continues to explore innovative methods to enhance traffic safety for the municipalities we serve. The V-CapX1 electronic distracted driving ('EDD') photo enforcement camera, when combined with our acclaimed iP360 citation management software platform, provides an additional tool for police departments seeking to improve public safety without diverting officers from their mission critical objective of crime prevention. Electronic distracted driving, which typically involves the use of a handheld device for texting, reading email, or making phone calls, has become a major road safety problem for law enforcement agencies. We are pleased to present this new technology to our customers, enabling them to identify, capture, and record EDD violations as they occur," commented Scott Rutherford, Chief Technology Officer of Brekford Corp.

Brekford's proprietary technology includes innovative techniques that virtually eliminate windshield glare and enable recording of clear images of distracted driving violations. Additional features include detection of a cell phone signal within range of the camera and high-resolution capture of the license plate for identification of the registered vehicle owner. Depending on the legal and operational requirements within a jurisdiction, the driver's face may be optionally redacted on the printed citation. The system can be mounted to existing municipality infrastructure (poles) and is completely self-sufficient with wireless communication and solar power. When combined with red light and speed cameras, the V-CapX1 EDD camera serves to complement photo enforcement programs to capture a broad array of traffic violations, leading to a reduction in vehicle related fatalities and injuries.

The NHTSA has identified distracted driving as a major contributor to fatalities and injuries due to crashes on the Nation's roadways. There are many forms of distracted driving, but text messaging and use of handheld devices, or EDD, is the most alarming, since it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver. According to the NHTSA, in 2014 there were 3,179 people killed and an estimated additional 431,000 injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. According to police reports, 404 people were killed as a result of cell phone usage; however, this is a difficult figure to assess, as many crashes do not have eyewitnesses to verify such activity. Nonetheless, with smart phone ownership and overall texting while driving increasing dramatically over the past several years, especially with young drivers, there is a need to curb or eliminate the behavior. Many states have enacted laws to prohibit texting and/or use of handheld devices, and more importantly, a number of states have initiated efforts to combine media campaigns with stepped-up enforcement, usually with increased police presence.

Rod Hillman, President and COO of Brekford, said, "As a public safety solutions provider first and foremost, our competitive advantage lies in the application of technology to specific voids in the market. Distracted driving has been a very difficult problem to tackle for law enforcement agencies, as it is difficult to devote resources to randomly search for violators. Aside from officers witnessing infractions during their normal patrols, there has not been an effective method to observe and record these violations as they take place. With the V-CapX1 EDD camera, we believe we have solved this problem, and we will be actively promoting this solution to agencies and public officials throughout the U.S. and Latin America starting this year. As states begin to enact laws enabling the use of automated enforcement for distracted driving, Brekford will be prepared to deliver our innovative solution to meet the ensuing demand. With today's patent application, we hope to eventually receive a patent grant from the USPTO, which will protect the technology from duplication in the marketplace." 

A provisional patent application is not required to have a formal patent claim or an oath or declaration. However, an applicant who files a provisional patent must file a non-provisional patent with the USPTO within 12 months of the filing of the provisional patent application in order to benefit from the priority date. Most importantly, the provisional application allows the owner of the patent to market products that are believed to be covered by the patent application with "patent pending" status. There is no guarantee that filing a provisional or non-provisional patent application will result in a successful registration with the USPTO.

About Brekford Corp.

Brekford Corp. provides state-of-the art public safety technology and automated traffic enforcement solutions to municipalities, the U.S. military, various federal entities and other public safety agencies throughout the United States. Its services include automated speed and red light camera enforcement programs, parking enforcement solutions and an end-to-end suite of technology and equipment for public safety vehicle upfitting. Brekford's combination of upfitting services, cutting-edge technology, and automated traffic enforcement services offers a unique 360-degree solution for law enforcement agencies and municipalities.

The Company is headquartered in Hanover, Maryland, and its common stock is traded on the OTC Markets under the symbol "BFDI." Additional information on Brekford can be accessed online at www.brekford.com.

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