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Brekford Traffic Safety, Inc.  (BFDI)
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Brekford Traffic Safety, Inc.

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Brekford Corp. (BFDI) headquartered in Hanover, Maryland is a leading public safety technology service provider of fully integrated traffic safety solutions, parking enforcement citation management, and mobile technology equipment for public safety vehicle services to state and local municipalities, the U.S. Military and various federal public safety agencies throughout the United States and Mexico. Brekford’s combination of upfitting services, cutting edge technology, and automated traffic safety enforcement (“ATSE”) services offers a unique 360º solution for law enforcement agencies and municipalities. Our core values of integrity, accountability, respect, and teamwork drive our employees to achieve excellence and deliver industry leading technology and services, thereby enabling a superior level of safety solutions to our clients. Brekford has one wholly owned subsidiary, Municipal Recovery Agency, LLC, a Maryland limited liability company, formed in 2012 for the purpose of providing collection systems and services for unpaid citations and parking fines.

Automated Traffic Safety Enforcement (“ATSE”) – Red Light and Speed Camera Systems

Public safety is a major concern for most communities – especially as populations grow, and yet there is continual pressure on public safety budgets. One way to help make streets safer while reducing workload is a well-run photo red light or speed enforcement program. The objective of photo enforcement is to help curtail aggressive driving through voluntary compliance. Revenue generated from fines routinely goes directly back into supporting other public safety initiatives.

Although opponents of red light cameras cite the increase in rear end collisions as cause for disapproval of cameras, a study conducted in February 2011 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (the “IIHS”) reported that red-light cameras reduced fatal red light running crashes by 24% in 14 large U.S. cities with populations over 200,000. IIHS concluded that if red light cameras had been operating in all 99 U.S. cities with populations over 200,000 during this study period (five years), a total of 815 deaths could have been avoided. Because the types of crashes prevented by red light cameras tend to be far more severe than rear-end crashes, research has shown there is a net positive benefit. Photo enforcement solutions can reduce collisions, injuries and deaths by providing a useful tool for municipalities and law enforcement agencies, without unduly taxing drivers who do not break the law. Today, nearly 600 communities across the U.S. operate red light or speed camera enforcement programs.

Despite the increased safety effects and prevention of fatalities, there is still a common misconception that automated traffic safety enforcement systems are not supported by the general public. An IIHS survey conducted in November 2012 found that a large majority of people living in Washington, D.C., one of the largest combined red light and speed enforcement programs in the U.S., favor camera enforcement. Of those surveyed, 87% support red light cameras and 76% support speed cameras. Even the majority of violators (59%) agreed that they deserved their most recent citation. In 2012, IIHS reported that 633 people were killed and an estimated 133,000 were injured in crashes that involved red light running. Speeding was a factor in 31% of motor vehicle crash deaths in 2012.

Brekford’s ATSE products offer intersection safety (red light), speed, and cell phone enforcement options by way of a complete suite of solution-based products. Our team of industry professionals has extensive experience in this field, we have developed equipment and a full turnkey solution that we believe will ensure the success of any program. We have created and implemented some of the most cutting-edge features into our design while constructing end-to-end systems specifically with our clients’ needs in mind.

Brekford Corp. is a technology services provider of mobile computer and video systems through its vehicle upfitting services to homeland security agencies and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and traffic safety enforcement which includes photo speed, red light, and parking enforcement solutions and citation management for municipalities. The primary products and services from which Brekford has earned revenue and anticipates we will continue to earn revenue is through this suite of products and services.

Law enforcement agency, fire department and emergency medical services (“EMS”) personnel have unique requirements for fleet vehicle upfitting and IT equipment to include characteristics such as ruggedness and reliability. The equipment must be able to work in extreme environments that include high levels of vibration and shock, wide temperature ranges, varying humidity, electromagnetic interference as well as voltage and current transients. Our rugged and non-rugged IT products and mobile data communication systems provide public safety workers with the unique functionalities necessary to enable effective response to emergency situations.

Management estimates that the public safety communications market is a $4.2 billion market, growing at more than 10% per annum. Police, fire and EMS personnel have unique requirements for communication, ruggedness, reliability and quality. Their equipment must be able to work in extreme environments that include high levels of vibration and shock, wide temperature ranges, varying humidity, electromagnetic interference and voltage and current transients. Furthermore, public safety personnel and emergency responders are demanding tailored mobile communication solutions that enable real-time access and exchange of critical data to assure timely and precise resource allocation by public sector decision makers. Brekford’s in-vehicle technology and communication solutions provide public safety workers and emergency responders with the unique, integrated functionalities necessary to enable effective response to emergency situations.

ATSE solutions include speed and red-light camera technologies that are increasingly in demand, as well as parking enforcement solutions with a complete turnkey backend citation management software suite. The U.S. market for red-light systems is estimated at 20,000 to 30,000 systems and the market for speed cameras is estimated at 35,000 to 50,000 systems. According to the IIHS, as of March 2015, 466 communities have red light cameras currently operating and 138 communities have speed cameras operating in at least one location. We have established a foothold in this business by securing contracts with several municipalities in the Mid-Atlantic region, and we are currently implementing plans for national and international expansion. There are only a handful of competitors that are currently providing ATSE services with three companies that are considered leaders of this industry. Management believes that the Company possesses a technical advantage over its competitors. Due to our flexible customized solutions and superior customer service, we believe we are poised to capture increased market share in the U.S., Mexico, and other countries in the near future.

   

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