TASER announces plan to give body cameras to every cop

TASER changes name to Axon, offers free cameras to all police officers
Axon Stock Rising, Offers Free Body Camera to U.S. Police

06 April, 2017

TASER announced on Wednesday morning they will be changing its name to Axon.

"We are going "all-in" to empower police officers to more safely and effectively do their jobs and drive important social change", said CEO Rick Smith. But Taser hopes that by giving out body-cameras and some other services for free, police departments will sign up for the company's newer software offerings.

The trial run is being offered by Taser International Inc., which makes the Axon brand of body cameras.

The program is Axon's attempt to help smaller police departments navigate what it characterized as growing challenges for law enforcement: "limited resources, lack of staffing, and equipment issues", the statement said.

Outstanding stock certificates will not be affected by the name change and won't need to be exchanged.

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The Seattle Police Department chose Axon as as its supplier of body-worn video cameras and its cloud-based digital evidence management platform last fall.

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.

One Axon Body 2 camera per sworn officer. We're locked into a contract with competing body camera manufacturer VieVu, despite the protestations of Comptroller Scott Stringer's office when the NYPD went ahead with the $6.4 million contract. TASER will remain one of our flagship products, but now as a single focused product brand for our suite of Smart Weapons. The call will also be available via live audio webcast on Axon's investor relations website at http://investor.axon.com. For more information, visit www.axon.com/legal.

Axon defines itself as "the global leader in connected law enforcement technologies". Our mission is to protect life.

Police body cameras have provided visuals of some of the most intense officer-citizen interactions, often showing the moments when police choose to use force. More than 180,000 lives and countless dollars have been saved with Axon's network of devices, apps and people.

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