Taser (now Axon) offers free body cameras

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. "They also hold the potential to change police work as we know it".

The Arizona-based business' decision came in response to the increasingly challenging atmosphere police officers face.

Police departments already in negotiations for work with Axon can't participate. Also, heightened public scrutiny about the use of police force has raised the need for an objective video record in controversial situations, like the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

The Axon body camera is part of a technology system aimed at improving policing.

"Our core goal is to have every officer in the world carry a TASER, deploy an Axon camera and be connected to the Axon network", the company said in its annual report previous year. That's why Axon is giving every police officer in the United States access to its body-cam technology.

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Axon is hoping to get something out of the free offer, too. "We believe these cameras are more than just tools to protect communities and the officers who serve them".

Mayor de Blasio, holding up a body camera that he had to pay for, like some kinda sucker. And Axon's free trial offer is not valid for departments that have requested, and are assessing, body-camera proposals from providers, because during that period Axon isn't allowed to have much communication with the agency. "And more often than not, they're doing the proper thing, and they can minimize false claims against the police". More than 180,000 lives and countless dollars have been saved with Axon's network of devices, apps and people.

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.

Smith added about the name change, "Times are changing-and so are we".

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