Company Profile


Serving Law Enforcement with the Most Compelling, Quality Video Products

The Industry Leader

WatchGuard Video is the world’s largest manufacturer of law enforcement video systems, supplying in-car and body worn cameras along with evidence management software to about 1/3rd of all Law Enforcement agencies in the U.S. and Canada. WatchGuard has been recognized as the worldwide market share leader in mobile video in the bi-annual market research reports published by IHS Markit in 2012, 2014 and again in 2016. The company is a four-time winner of the Dallas 100 award honoring the fastest-growing, privately held businesses in the Dallas area. In addition, WatchGuard was included on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private American companies in both 2015 and 2016.

Engineering Powerhouse

WatchGuard reinvests a substantial percentage of its revenues back into Research & Development, with over $50M of invested engineering to-date. As the company grows it continues to increase its engineering investment. Currently, the company spends about $1 million per month in R&D.

With the industry’s largest engineering team, WatchGuard staffs 6 different types of engineering disciplines:
• Electrical Engineers
• Mechanical Engineers
• Embedded Software Engineers
• FPGA Designers
• Test Engineers
• Software Developers (the largest group)

Innovative Designs

WatchGuard’s innovations have advanced the industry, and have resulted in 15 issued U.S. patents plus 19 additional pending patents.
• The pioneer of Record-After-the-Fact TM
• The first High Definition in-car cameras
• The first and only completely integrated in-car and body-worn camera system
• The first Ultra-Wide Dynamic Range cameras
• The first high-fidelity law enforcement microphones
• The only multiple resolution recording system
• The only software secured removable media
• The only HD Panoramic strip camera

Manufactured in the USA

The company manufactures its products in-house and operates out of three separate facilities in North Texas. The company is currently constructing a new 140,000 square foot high-tech headquarters in Allen, Texas that will accommodate 500 employees and will house all departments (engineering, sales, technical services, customer support, marketing, accounting, plus all of the manufacturing operations). The new headquarters will be completed in early 2018 and it includes a large training facility, a vehicle installation garage with an officer’s lounge, a customer demonstration room, a sophisticated manufacturing wing, a separate engineering wing, and many employee amenities including a cafeteria with a catering kitchen, outdoor employee green space, a large recreation room, a fitness center, an indoor racquetball court, and an in-house medical clinic for employees and their families. The new facility will also include a state-of-the-art engineering laboratory with a large anechoic chamber room, a full environmental test chamber for accelerated life testing, 24 electrical test benches and a fully equipped prototype shop.

New WatchGuard Video World Headquarters
New WatchGuard Video World Headquarters

Dedicated to Serving

WatchGuard Video is a company founded on Christian principles and our leadership team views their role as one to serve our fellow employees, our vendors, our customers, and to serve those in need outside of our organization.

Some of WatchGuard’s employees and equity holders are using a percentage of their salaries, equity and distributions to sponsor a national water well program in Burundi, Africa (one of the poorest countries in the world). The WatchGuard Water Project consists of at least 2,000 deep water wells to serve the rural public, with the goal of providing clean water to the entire rural population of Burundi by 2025.

Most WatchGuard employees view their work as much more significant than just providing money for their families. At WatchGuard, we enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that our systems help improve relations between communities and police, our products help protect the careers of the great police officers that protect us, and through our financial success we are providing life-sustaining clean water to the poorest of the poor.

History

2002

Robert Vanman sells ownership stake in Stalker Radar and founds WatchGuard Video

2004

WatchGuard Video introduces the DV1 – the first direct-to-DVD In-Car system and the first system offering Record-After-the-Fact technology

2009

WatchGuard Video officially becomes largest supplier of In-Car Systems in the video evidence industry with twenty-two state contracts and over 27 percent of police agencies

2009

WatchGuard Video introduces CopVu Body Camera.

2010

WatchGuard Video introduces first high definition In-Car system, the 4RE

2012

WatchGuard Video develops HiFi Wireless Microphone

2014

WatchGuard Video launches VISTA, HD Body Camera with pre-event and Record-After-the-Fact technology

2016

WatchGuard launches the first and only completely integrated and synchronized in-car and body-worn camera system, 4RE & VISTA WiFi