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Consumer unmanned aircraft manufacturer DJI has teamed up with Axon, maker of connected law enforcement technologies, to sell drones directly to public safety and law enforcement agencies.
Through the new Axon Air program, announced at the third-annual Axon Accelerate Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, the partnership will market DJI Phantom 4 Pro and Matrice 210 drones to law enforcement agencies worldwide to allow them to purchase drones linked to Axon’s connected data network.
More than 900 U.S. public safety agencies use drones to improve officer safety, support tactical actions, reconstruct traffic collisions, support public safety at large events and perform search-and-rescue missions, according to DJI. At least 130 people around the world have been rescued from peril by drones, proving their value in life-or-death situations, the company said.
“DJI’s partnership with Axon allows law enforcement agencies to add drone capabilities and data services through the same trusted provider they rely on for the tools, data and support they need to do their jobs safely and effectively,” said Michael Perry, managing director of North America at DJI. “Law enforcement agencies are rapidly adopting drones for their work and often need guidance on how to establish a drone program and integrate it into their departments. DJI’s Axon Air partnership will strengthen and enhance law enforcement’s ability to protect public safety, respond to emergencies and save lives.”
Axon provides connectivity to Evidence.com services, the same data management system, chain-of-custody controls and security protocols that law enforcement agencies rely on to preserve and protect data from body cameras and in-car video systems.
Within Evidence.com, the integrity of drone videos is preserved for the protection of police agencies and the public.
“As the requirements and demands of unmanned aircraft programs grow, Axon is partnering with agencies to build out solutions that meet the complexities and requirements of public safety,” said Axon EVP of Worldwide Products Todd Basche. “Together, we will focus on creating situational awareness, advanced evidence collection and program management tools that will allow agencies to manage their drone program alongside their body camera and in-car video systems.”