When we hear about body cameras, usually it is in the context of law enforcement and the growing surveillance state.
More and more, however, amateur and professional athletes of all stripes are beginning to adopt body worn cameras in order to give fans a much more compelling view.
Recently, footballer Roberto Carlos wore a body camera for the Real Madrid v Roma Legends game. He was certainly not the first footballer to do so, but it was possibly the first time the body camera footage from a player of his calibre was integrated seamlessly into the coverage, giving fans a player’s eye view of some of the best moments of the game.
Body Cameras and Sport
Body worn cameras probably have the largest impact for amateur athletes, as instead of receiving no coverage at all, sites like YouTube are full of videos taken by individuals with worn cameras which receive surprisingly high view counts. This leads to increased popularity of sports that a few years ago nobody had ever heard of, especially for esoteric or more solitary sports.
In other professional sports, body cameras are becoming increasingly popular on referees. Ice Hockey in North America has employed referee cameras since 2016, and since as far back as 2013, Rugby Union has used referee body cameras to great effect, giving fantastic camera angles for important plays and decisions.
Legislation and other industries
Regardless of where they are used, there is substantial legislation surrounding legitimate use of body cameras, most often pertaining to personal privacy and notification of filming, as well as retaining footage as evidence when used in a surveillance or security capacity. The full legislation is broken down at https://www.pinnacleresponse.com/legislation.
Body cameras are most often used in law enforcement and security, but are being utilised more often in any role where there is likely to be a confrontation, such as for social workers and council employees. Worn cameras are used to gather evidence, but more importantly to help diffuse volatile situations.
Body cameras are already prominent in many industries, but they are still quite new in sport. As they become smaller and cheaper, we can only hope to see more player-worn cameras, and the incredible footage they provide.