Body-camera maker offers 1-year trial to police agencies

by Ben Pena April 6, 2017, 2:29
Body-camera maker offers 1-year trial to police agencies

A United States company is offering up body cams to every police officer in the country, free of charge for one year.

Since the original Taser was released the company also expanded into body cameras and software management systems. Axon's programs could also automate writing report, transcribing lengthy interviews and other time-consuming tasks. It was this kind of offer that caused Seattle-based competitor Vievu to sue over the Phoenix Police Department's body camera contract.

The one-year package includes an Axon Body 2 camera for every officer, unlimited storage at, two camera mounts per person, a docking station for securely uploading footage, and full access to the company's online training database, Axon Academy. After that, it'll be time to quit or pay up. "The offer from Axon is a bold move for the industry", says Perry Tarrant, National President of NOBLE. "We believe body cameras offer a promising opportunity to increase transparency between police officers and the communities they serve". A decade later, the company added police body cameras to its production line.

"We really pivoted to this idea of a connected device ecosystem", Smith said. Axon is the brand that reflects the network of devices, applications, and people that is transforming public safety. "Taser will remain one of our flagship products, but now as a single focused product brand for our suite of smart weapons". "We expect 80 percent to become customers".

The name change, revealed Wednesday, signals a transition from just weapons manufacturing to a more comprehensive law enforcement technology company, according to CNBC. Outstanding stock certificates will not be affected by the name change and will not need to be exchanged.

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The company also announced that it will change its name from TASER International to Axon.

Axon executives are scheduled to host a conference call to provide additional information to analysts and investors tonight at 6 p.m. ET.

We work hard for those who put themselves in harm's way for all of us.

Axon now employs around 110 people in Seattle, with plans to hire an additional 80 in the next year.

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