Modern court recording developed in three distinct periods: electronic, digital, and network. Each period improved upon previous technology limitations by providing greater access to court data and improved reliability of the court record.
The electronic period or age was generally defined by means of audio/video tape. Audio/video tape afforded courts the ability to reproduce the record quicker and more cost-effectively than traditional transcription. Tape based systems redefined the standards for record ownership and access. Today some courts are still using four-track audio cassettes tape machines.
Most courts have advanced from the electronic to digital recording technology. The digital age of recording entered the courtroom in 1996 when CourtSmart installed the first digital audio recording system in the Anne Arundel Circuit Courts, Annapolis, MD. CourtSmart’s industry changing digital technology provided the ability for court staff to monitor and manage the courtrooms from a single control room.
Digital recording provides courts with the ability to record thousands of hours of audio and video on virtually any computer. CourtSmart technology provided a highly efficient, networked method to access these court proceedings. By attaching digital recording computers to a LAN or WAN, courts have the ability for multiple users to concurrently access a record without the need to make physical copies, saving time and money.
CourtSmart introduced database technology that provided random access, data and user security, and record management to recorded proceedings. The technology further produced the first fault-tolerant, network-based recording systems that protected the record from network failure or user error.
CourtSmart brings the promise of a true managed solution in the Network Age streamlining the court’s workflow and innovating the way in which justice is managed and controlled.
Secured Access in the Network Age.
CourtSmart delivers the tools that enable courts to deliver justice where it is needed, and when it is required, is now achievable by using secured access, reaching beyond the walls of the traditional courthouse. Search warrants and orders of protection can be issued remotely with testimony recorded on CourtSmart courthouse servers. Remote proceedings, such as arraignments and first appearances, dramatically reduce cost and increase safety.
Audio in the Network Age.
CourtSmart fully incorporates network applications to route audio signals from Dante enabled devices such as microphones and speakers in courtrooms and hearing rooms. Audio is distributed where needed for recording, streaming, and sound reinforcement. This assures significant savings in installation costs and time with a minimal amount of cabling. This also enhances the aesthetics of the courtroom by eliminating wires across the floor or draped over the bench and attorney tables.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in the Network Age.
CourtSmart takes advantage of wireless technology by allowing attorneys and litigants to bring their own devices to court and present their evidence with smartphones, laptops, and tablets. There are no longer connectivity or wiring issues; evidence can be securely presented from anywhere in the courtroom over a court controlled Wi-Fi network.
Support in the Network Age.
CourtSmart implements a proactive support system that monitors and manages the health of digital networked courtroom systems. If a network or server is flagged, a text alert is immediately sent to designated court staff 24/7. CourtSmart’s network age support technology can automatically perform daily courtroom checks verifying audio and signal viability.
CourtSmart is leading the way into the network age with technology and solutions designed to change the game, streamline workflow, and improve ROI.
Evolution, Revolution, Innovation with CourtSmart.