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

An armed police officer rests his hand on a taser outside the Ministry of Defence in London Britain

The company will now be called Axon, which is the name of the business unit that it runs out of Seattle.

One of the most dominant police body camera companies now says it wants to put body cams on every USA police officer for free. The Axon line of video cameras, and the subsequent file management and data storage subscriptions that come with them, has become so significant that Taser is changing its name to Axon.

"We believe these cameras are more than just tools to protect communities and the officers who serve them", Rick Smith, the company's chief executive and founder, said in a statement. 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. "They also hold the potential to change police work as we know it, by seamlessly collecting an impartial record and reducing the need for endless paperwork".

If every officer was equipped with a camera, it would eliminate the need for such thorough and time-consuming police reports, many of which are handwritten, and would help streamline communication, Axon's news release said.

Digital evidence data storage with an "Unlimited Pro" license.

Mayor de Blasio, holding up a body camera that he had to pay for, like some kinda sucker.

Access to the full Axon Academy online training library. And the prospect of having more police departments sign on after their yearlong trial probably isn't a bad look either.

Frontline officers are best positioned to evaluate and test this technology, and we encourage others in this space to give them that chance.

Axon employs nearly 500 hundred people and is valued at more than $1 billion. The company, home to one of the more unique office spaces in Seattle's tech world, is also expanding to another floor in the Met Park West building on Olive Way.

"We really pivoted to this idea of a connected device ecosystem", Smith said. This week, it will change its corporate name to Axon Enterprise Inc. and switch its stock symbol to "AAXN" from "TASR".

The company has made no secret of its ambitions beyond the Taser devices, with a spokesman telling The Post in 2015 that wearable technology represented the company's future. TASER will remain one of our flagship products, but now as a single focused product brand for our suite of Smart Weapons.

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