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

The Seattle Police Department decided in November to purchase body cameras from the Taser unit for 850 officers.

The company cited a Pew Research poll of cops that concluded their jobs are harder than ever. It would automate all the reporting tasks police officers spend time on during the day to day, allowing officer to spend more time focusing on the communities they serve.

TASER International began making electrical weapons 23 years ago in the hopes of saving lives by reducing the amount of times officers shot their deadly weapons.

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Axon bills the initiative as a way to help officers operate with "confidence and focus" so that they can better serve the people and communities where they work. Deployment of the technology locally has stalled as a federal judge decides if officers should be able to watch camera footage before writing reports.

"We're not just a Taser weapon, we're not just body cameras but we're all those things that plug in with a network of apps, people and devices", Tuttle said. Axon invites all providers of body cameras to join in this effort and provide free trial equipment for public safety agencies. More information on the offer is available here.

Axon will be providing every office in the United State access to their technology. "The offer from Axon is a bold move for the industry", says Perry Tarrant, National President of NOBLE. A decade later, the company added police body cameras to its production line.

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Axon employs nearly 500 hundred people and is valued at more than $1 billion. "We are changing our name from Taser to Axon to reflect the evolution of our company from a less-lethal weapons manufacturing company to a full solutions provider of cloud and mobile software, connected devices, wearable cameras, and now artificial intelligence".

The name change comes as the long-time maker of electrically charged stun guns, used to temporarily incapacitate a person, as well as other law enforcement and self-defense products, tries to transition into a multi-purpose company with a huge software component.

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