About Us

Watchman Systems is a venture funded video surveillance systems company focused on surveillance solutions for Public Safety and Police Tactical Operations. Because our products are specialized and often covert in nature, our web site is not available to the general public and requires Registration as a Law Enforcement Professional to access sensitive product information.

Watchman's advisors include senior police officers, tactical operations specialists and industrial surveillance experts.

Our Core Team has been involved in developing video surveillance and communications technology and actively deploying municipal video surveillance systems for over a decade.

We have collectively accumulated over half a century of knowledge of how video surveillance can be practically applied to enhance situational awareness for public safety operations.

Watchman's products are genuinely designed by officers, for officers.

Watchman Advisors

Sid Heal is a Senior Advisor to Watchman's Board or Directors. Sid retired as a Commander with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (33 years) and is also a retired CWO-5 from the USMC (34 years). He is the serving President of the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO) and the National Chairman of the Strategy and Development Section for the National Tactical Officers Association. His recent work focus has been on understanding and applying the science to support sound planning and decision making during law enforcement tactical operations and disaster responses. Sid is a nationally and internationally recognized tactical operations trainer and an accredited author of three books on the subject.

Chairman of the Board

Dave Hanna is a Watchman's Chairman. Dave, also Chairman of Hanna Ventures, is best known for his success running and investing in early stage technology companies over several decades. Dave is widely recognized as a leading investor in companies in the security, cyber-security and video surveillance space. A former senior executive at IBM, he has been President, CEO, or Director of more than 15 high technology companies. A proud veteran, Dave served in the U.S. Navy as a Nuclear Weapons Officer before pursuing his career in the technology industry.


Watchman Founders

Watchman Systems' President and CEO is David Mitchell. David is a metro-scale video surveillance veteran, with over 25 years experience delivering video surveillance solutions and public safety systems to over 50 agencies around the country. David brings a unique understanding of IP video surveillance and wireless networking technology, combined with the practical experience of physically deploying thousands of video cameras. David is also a NASA award-winning, accredited author who has published numerous articles and texts on the Internet, virtual reality and telepresence. He consults in Hollywood as part of The Science & Entertainment Exchange of the National Academy of Sciences.

Roy Hodges is Watchman's VP of Marketing and has been developing digital video surveillance security solutions for over 15 years. Roy was one of the first employees of Tropos Networks, the Silicon Valley startup that introduced the concept of municipal wireless networks in the early 2000s. At Tropos, Roy spear-headed the development of IP-based, city-wide video surveillance. He worked closely with system integrators and equipment manufacturers such as Sony, Axis, Panasonic, and ONSSI to build a metro-scale video surveillance "ecosystem", and was personally involved in deploying video surveillance solutions across the USA and around the world.

Robert Aston is Watchman's VP of Operations. He brings over 12 years' experience in the design, testing and manufacture of state-of the art digital cameras systems. In 2006 Robert founded Ocean Presence Technologies to manufacture and market surveillance and underwater cameras systems used for marine scientific research and by the US Navy. Previously, he founded Market Vision, a market research firm serving the global computer industry with clients that included Microsoft, Apple and Motorola. He is a frequent contributor to books and magazines on the latest digital technologies.


Watchman Investors

Watchman's lead investor is Hanna Ventures, a venture capital firm specializing in investments in early stage companies. The firm primarily invests in technology and service companies and is based in Irvine, California.


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