SOURCE: Digital Ally, Inc.

Digital Ally, Inc.

March 23, 2015 08:28 ET

Digital Ally Receives Patent for Traffic Scanning LIDAR Speed Measurement Technology

LENEXA, KS--(Marketwired - Mar 23, 2015) - Digital Ally, Inc. (NASDAQ: DGLY) ("Digital" or the "Company"), an industry leader in law enforcement video technology, today announced that it has been awarded a patent (No. 8976339) from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ("USPTO") for its latest LIDAR (Laser Detection and Ranging) speed enforcement technology.

The monitoring of vehicle speeds by law enforcement agencies is typically implemented by officers using various devices and systems, primarily Doppler RADAR or stationary LIDAR speed guns. Doppler RADAR transmits a continuous or near-continuous wave and measures the speed of vehicles by receiving the reflected signal using the Doppler principle. Typical Doppler RADARs can be operated from a stationary point or can be mounted in a law enforcement vehicle and operated while the vehicle is moving. Because the beam width is wide, RADAR speed guns do not have to be pointed accurately at the vehicle being measured. However, this feature is also a problem, because when there are multiple vehicles in the beam, the operator may not know which vehicle is being measured.

LIDAR uses a laser pulse and determines the vehicle speed by performing distance-time calculations based on the travel time of the reflected light pulse. Because a LIDAR gun uses a very narrow beam, it is highly selective of the vehicle being measured even when there are several vehicles in range, thereby providing evidence that is more difficult to challenge in court. However, because of the narrow beam, LIDAR speed guns have traditionally required stationary positioning, because there is too much motion for the beam to target a specific vehicle if the LIDAR is mounted in a moving law enforcement vehicle.

The newly-patented Digital Ally LIDAR technology allows moving law enforcement vehicles to accurately measure vehicle speeds by "sweeping" a beam across a field of view at varying heights to detect the speed of a plurality of objects, such as automobiles, at the same time. The technology allows the LIDAR gun to determine the position of multiple objects over time and calculate the speed of the objects based on a change in the position of the objects. This allows the law enforcement officer to precisely measure the speed of several vehicles at the same time and display the vehicles on a video monitor, with the speed "tagged" to each vehicle. The Company will evaluate various factors regarding the commercialization of the LIDAR technology in coming months.

"Our new LIDAR patent is a milestone for the law enforcement industry," noted Stanton E. Ross, Chief Executive Officer of Digital Ally, Inc. "LIDAR speed measurement devices that incorporate our patented technology will be able to provide the accuracy of laser technology and the convenience of moving Doppler RADAR. Our patented LIDAR technology can also provide unique solutions to traffic speed management, such as parking a patrol car on a cross street, away from the intersection, and measuring the speed of traffic crossing the intersection."

"Our patents and IP reflect Digital Ally's strategy to be innovative and develop creative solutions for difficult technical problems. We are confident that our patents will provide us with protection and unique products that assure our competitive strengths in new markets, while solidifying our leadership position in the law enforcement industry," concluded Ross.

About Digital Ally, Inc.

Digital Ally, Inc. develops, manufactures and markets advanced technology products for law enforcement, homeland security and commercial applications. The Company's primary focus is digital video imaging and storage. For additional information, visit www.digitalallyinc.com.

The Company is headquartered in Lenexa, Kansas, and its shares are traded on The NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol "DGLY".

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are based largely on the expectations or forecasts of future events, can be affected by inaccurate assumptions, and are subject to various business risks and known and unknown uncertainties, a number of which are beyond the control of management. Therefore, actual results could differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. A wide variety of factors that may cause actual results to differ from the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following: whether there will be a commercial market, domestically and internationally, for one or more of its new products, including the LIDAR technology; whether the Company will be able to adapt its technology to new and different uses, including being able to introduce new products based on the LIDAR technology; and whether and the extent to which the new patent allowed by the US Patent Office for the LIDAR technology will give the Company effective, enforceable protection of the intellectual property contained in its products in the marketplace. These cautionary statements should not be construed as exhaustive or as any admission as to the adequacy of the Company's disclosures. The Company cannot predict or determine after the fact what factors would cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements or other statements. The reader should consider statements that include the words "believes", "expects", "anticipates", "intends", "estimates", "plans", "projects", "should", or other expressions that are predictions of or indicate future events or trends, to be uncertain and forward-looking. The Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Additional information respecting factors that could materially affect the Company and its operations are contained in its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, and its Form 10-Q for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact Information

  • For Additional Information, Please Contact:

    Stanton E. Ross
    CEO
    (913) 814-7774

    or

    RJ Falkner & Company, Inc.
    Investor Relations Counsel
    (800) 377-9893
    info@rjfalkner.com