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New 3M ALPR processor improves speed and portability, carries larger hard drive

ST. PAUL‚ MN April 25‚ 2017 In ever-changing and unpredictable environments, it is especially crucial to have efficient and dependable technology to rely on. Officers know better than anyone what it is like to constantly deal with evolving circumstances, so to help provide stability to those who need it most, 3M is proud to announce the 3MTM Mobile ALPR Processor SX4.

Designed specifically for versatile on-street law enforcement environments, the Mobile ALPR Processor SX4 has undergone essential upgrades to its hardware and operating software, including a faster processor and smaller design. It simultaneously supports up to four color and infrared 3M Mobile ALPR Cameras, providing accurate reads on license plates across a wide range of applications including parking enforcement, site security, local law enforcement and highway patrol.

Along with improved processing speeds, the SX4 Processor is built with additional enhancements, such as a larger hard drive and more memory storage. In order to provide increased reliability over the previous model in on-street operating conditions, it includes improved BIOS operation to ensure continuous license plate reading in the event of battery failure.

“Designed to be more robust and capable of performing under a wide range of conditions, the 3M Mobile ALPR Processor SX4 is an upgraded and improved system to ensure officers are working with the best 3M ALPR tools available,” said Olivia He, global marketing manager for 3M Traffic Safety and Security. “Since law enforcement officers are frequently working in fluctuating environments, we are excited to provide a processor that is consistently dependable, based on third-party testing in simulated field conditions.”

The 3M Mobile ALPR Processor SX4 is not only more powerful and efficient than the previous processor, but is also more portable and user-friendly. The processing unit is lighter, smaller in size, consumes less power, produces less ambient noise and heat, and has a flexible orientation during installation, which allows for maximum use of space in the vehicle. The device also now features a larger range of operating and storage temperatures so it is able to withstand an increased range of temperatures that may affect the vehicle.

“Reliable technology is extremely important in the world of law enforcement, and we know how quickly technology can evolve and change,” said He. “Because of this, 3M is committed to investing in innovations that consistently improve the lives of those who protect us each and every day.”

For more information on the 3M Mobile ALPR Processor SX4, visit: 3M.com/ALPR

Tyco Security Products unveils value-based HD video solution that leverages analog infrastructures

WESTFORD, MA April 24, 2017 Tyco Security Products, part of Johnson Controls, introduces its HD Video Solution, a new value-based solution that provides superior video quality while leveraging analog infrastructure. The cost-effective Holis HD Tribrid Video Recorders support SD analog cameras, Illustra Essentials IP cameras, and a brand-new line of HD cameras, allowing customers to achieve excellent video quality never before attained over coax.

Available in 4, 8, and 16-channel models, the recorders feature intuitive search, record, zoom and export functions, as well as all channel synchronous real-time playback for simplified post-event forensics. With support for H.264 dual-stream video compression, the Holis HD Tribrid Video Recorders feature up to 12 TB of storage and 1080P real time-recording across all channels.

Combined with the new American Dynamics HD camera portfolio which includes fixed and varifocal Bullet and Dome Cameras, the HD video solution provides an excellent alternative to IP cameras and allows users to upgrade their system over time while protecting their CCTV investment.

The new fixed HD bullet and mini-dome cameras boast 3.6mm fixed lenses and provide up to 1080p video resolution (1920 x 1080) in an uncompressed format over the same standard coaxial cable that is used for standard CCTV cameras. Where most dome cameras operate on two axes, the fixed mini-dome’s 3-axis feature has a much wider field of view.

The varifocal HD bullet and dome cameras include a 2.7-12mm motorized lens and feature Smart Infrared for recording over 196 feet away in total darkness. The cameras are waterproof, rated IP67, and feature WDR making them an ideal solution for applications with volatile weather or lighting conditions.

“Our cost-effective HD video solution provides an ideal migration path for small to mid-sized sites looking to leverage their investments in analog but add on higher resolution cameras as their needs evolve,” said Mike Tabola, Senior Product Manager for Tyco Security Products. “Users can also manage their video remotely with the full-featured Holis Go mobile app or Web Client for continual surveillance, no matter how widespread their facilities.”

Leveraging the well-known benefits of HD technology that include reduced installation costs, lower cyber-attack risks, and minimized complexity, the Tyco Security Products HD Video solution is an ideal solution for customers who:

• Currently have analog but are looking to expand or increase video resolution

• Consider price a major factor

• Are installing a new system and seeking analog solutions

• Have a maximum need of 16 cameras

• Have limited networking experience

The combination of the new Holis HD Tribrid Video Recorders and American Dynamics HD cameras provides the ultimate in flexibility and plug and play capabilities that are ideal for small to medium-sized businesses.

For more information, visit http://www.holisnvr.com/.

3xLOGIC offers integrated video surveillance and access control software solution

WESTMINSTER, CO April 18, 2017 3xLOGIC, Inc., a leading provider of integrated intelligent security solutions, today announced the company demonstrated its newest, integrated video and access control software platform at the ISC West show, in Las Vegas 05-07 April.

“We are changing the rules of the game for video and access control for the SMB market with our new integrated, hosted video and access control solution,” announced Matt Kushner, 3xLOGIC CEO. “We have achieved the most powerful commercial feature set at a price that fits the budget for even the smallest business owners.”

The latest software innovation does not stop at the powerful feature set of pushing notification to a user’s cell phone, or that customers can use their cell phone as their credential, or even that it enables total remote system administration from a mobile device. 3xLOGIC has broken new ground by making this video and access control solution the easiest to install in the industry. There are no wires from the access control system to the video system, all data exchange is through the software. Total ease of installation has been achieved by developing an automated, cloud-based programing tool, so one simply scans a QR code from a smartphone and installation is virtually complete!

This new integrated solution removes the expensive technical labor from the equation of installing commercial integrated video access control security. “The small business market is totally untapped for integrated video and managed access control,” Kushner continued. “Until recently, the cost for a commercial grade, integrated solution was out of reach for the majority of small businesses and even medium-sized businesses.

For the SMB market, integrated video and access was out of reach due mainly to the labor required for such a complex installation process, coupled with the high up-front cost of servers and software. Eliminating the expensive labor component and removing the cost of software and servers have opened the market for SMB customers to enjoy the management benefits of a highly sophisticated, integrated security solution without the crushing up-front labor and capital costs.

“What’s more, now medium and even smaller-size integrator partners have access to this technology as part of their market offer,” said Kushner. Our intergrators can comfortably, competently do the installation while reaping the benefits of growing their RMR business.”

3xLOGIC’s demonstrated its integrated video and access control cloud-based software solution during the ISC West tradeshow. General product availability will be by the end of May 2017.

About 3xLOGIC

3xLOGIC Inc. has been a leading innovator in server and cloud-based security technology for 15+ years. The company is recognized for providing easy-to-use surveillance and business intelligence solutions that seamlessly integrate video, access control, and disparate data such as ATM, Point-of-Sale, analytics, and more.

3xLOGIC’s video surveillance solutions are engineered for ease of installation, scalability and affordability combined with a managed services portfolio that enables integrators to effectively evolve from dealers to high-value strategic partners. For more information about 3xLOGIC, please visit our website www.3xlogic.com.

Pelco showcases latest technology innovations and strategic application solutions to Securika/MIPS 2017

MOSCOW March 7, 2017 Pelco by Schneider Electric, a global leader in surveillance and security products and technologies, featured several of the company’s advanced security solutions at Securika/MIPS 2017, which took place at the Expocenter Fairgrounds in Moscow on March 21-14, 2017.

Highlighted innovations on display included the powerful open platform VideoXpert™ Video Management Software (VMS) designed to control with confidence, a sneak peek of ExSite™ Enhanced Explosion Proof IP Cameras engineered to survive in the most challenging environments, and Sarix™ Enhanced IP Cameras that deliver the highest levels of low light performance when nothing but the best will do.

“Security operations and procedures have become a core priority for businesses and organizations across every vertical market around the world as security professionals seek the most efficient and effective means to protect people, property and assets. This is especially pertinent for high-traffic public venues such as casinos and arenas,” said Diane Feliciano, VP, Global Marketing, Pelco by Schneider Electric. “At MIPS, attendees will witness firsthand how Pelco video surveillance and security solutions deliver higher levels of situational awareness, protection and even prevention when and where customers need it most.”

In addition to highlighting system solutions with specific benefits for the casino and stadium markets, Pelco’s Securika/MIPS 2017 display featured strategic solutions for the oil and gas, city surveillance and hospitality vertical markets, and included the following highlighted products:

  • VideoXpert Video Management Software (VMS) dramatically improves the control of integrated surveillance and security solutions on a single platform, providing users with greater situational awareness so they can make more timely decisions and execute decisive action. VideoXpert’s open architecture enables third-party applications to be cost-effectively integrated for highly specialized applications in the hospitality, gaming and municipal surveillance markets. Recent enhancements to VideoXpert include: an enhanced user interface for improved centralized system management; incident management to easily and quickly correlate related video files; improved event management to customize event alerts with real-time visual notification; immersive viewing of 180°, 270° and 360° panoramic images from Pelco Optera Multi-Sensor Panoramic Cameras; and much more.
  • Sarix Enhanced IP Cameras utilize Pelco’s exclusive SureVision 3.0 low-light technology making Sarix imaging solutions ideal for hospitality and city surveillance, delivering quality images in as little as 0.05 lux with an incredible Wide Dynamic Range (WDR) of 130dB. Sarix Enhanced cameras are ONVIF Q compliant and are available in a wide selection of form factors for ease of integration into the hospitality and municipal surveillance markets, as well as many other mainstream applications.
  • ExSite Enhanced HD Cameras are explosion proof and virtually indestructible with performance features that include: a robotically welded housing for use in extreme conditions; a unique patent-pending pan-tilt drive system devoid of belts, gears or pulleys; operation in extreme temperatures; 30X optical zoom with image stabilization; IR illumination; 130dB WDR; 0.03 lux ultra-low light performance; integrated Ethernet, fiber, Ethernet over Coax (EoC) and Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) transmission, and more. ExSite is an exceptional imaging solution for oil and gas facilities, chemical plants, manufacturing and marine facilities, and for numerous other demanding environments.

About Pelco by Schneider Electric

Pelco by Schneider Electric is a global leader in professional video surveillance and security system products and technologies with a local presence in 136 countries and over 4000 integration partners worldwide. Our personal engagement with customers, resellers and technology partners drives the development and deployment of surveillance and security solutions with meaningful innovation. It’s the foundation that Pelco has built its brand upon for over 25 years.

 

Fraser Optics wins contract to provide camera systems for Customs and Border Protection aerostats

TREVOSE, PA April 6, 2017 Fraser Optics, headquartered in Odenton, MD, has been awarded a sole-source, firm fixed price contract for delivery of Electro-Optic Camera Systems to the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Air and Marine Operations (AMO) (Contract: HSBP1016P00936).

U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Air and Marine Operations uses the Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) to provide long-range detection of low-altitude aircraft at the radar's maximum range. The elevated sensor mitigates curvature of the earth and terrain masking limitations.  TARS detects and tracks a majority of suspicious air traffic along the southwest border, including ultralight and short landing aircraft threats. AMO also employs this unique TARS capability to interdict transnational criminal organizations engaged in illicit smuggling of narcotics and people.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Air and Marine Operations uses the Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) to provide long-range detection of low-altitude aircraft at the radar's maximum range.

Rob Brown, AMO TARS Program Manager, stated, "TARS is a strategic platform to deploy cost-effective surveillance technologies to confront security challenges at critical border areas – Fraser is a proven partner in delivering needed technology for our mission." Luke Ritter, CEO at Fraser Optics added, "It is an honor and a privilege to team with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to secure the Southern Border. Our team is committed to putting advanced technology in the hands of those who protect America."

The mission of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Air and Marine Operations (AMO) is to serve and protect the American people. They apply advanced aeronautical and maritime capabilities and employ their unique skill sets to preserve America's security interests. With 1,800 federal agents and mission support personnel, 240 aircraft and 300 marine vessels operating throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, AMO uses its sophisticated fleets to detect, sort, intercept, track and apprehend criminals in diverse environments at and beyond U.S. borders.

Fraser Optics is a defense technology company that designs and produces stabilized optical technology products for the defense, homeland security, law enforcement, and commercial markets. For over 40 years, Fraser has continued to field innovative and compelling stabilized optical solutions to protect America. Current U.S. Government customers include the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, the Department of Interior, and the Department of Homeland Security. Fraser has offices in Trevose, PA, and Odenton, MD. 

Rosco develops vehicular camera system to eliminate blind zone, enhance safety

QUEENS, NY April 11, 2017 Rosco, a leading manufacturer in automotive vision safety, introduces the Safe-T-Scope360™ Surround Camera System to the commercial vehicle market. The 360° camera system has been developed to reduce blind spots and increase safety in the commercial vehicle driving environment. With the proven reliability of Rosco’s Safe-T-Scope® camera series, the new Surround View System offers 360° of coverage utilizing images from 4 cameras installed on the vehicle. Each camera has a 185° field of view that provides optimal coverage and ensures safety with multiple viewing options.

Utilizing a standard LCD backup monitor or a Rosco MOR-Vision™ mirror/monitor, the 360 system provides various views of the bus using custom set triggers. The system can be triggered when the vehicle is in reverse, has an open door, or activates the turn signals. Designed for large vehicles, the Safe-T-Scope360™ is compatible with school buses, ambulances, fire trucks, and other commercial vehicles where conditions demand the highest level of awareness from the operator. Safe-T-Scope360™ provides peace of mind for drivers and fleet managers by reducing collisions with other vehicles, objects, and Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs) including pedestrians and cyclists.

In states where laws require systems to detect the presence of students in front or behind a bus, the Safe-T-Scope360™ exceeds the established guidelines. New Jersey’s latest legislation, Abigail’s Law, named after 2-year-old Abigail Kuberiet, who was fatally struck while crossing in front of a bus in 2003, lays the foundation for the using the latest technology to provide safety in the school bus industry.

About Rosco, Inc- Rosco is the largest manufacturer of bus mirrors in North America and is a global leader of automotive vision safety products to the bus and truck marketplace. Founded in Manhattan, New York in 1907 as a safety product manufacturer for automotive and aeronautical markets, Rosco moved to its current location in Queens, New York in 1964. Rosco products are designed and manufactured in the USA and include mission critical driving safety aides such as interior and exterior mirrors, sun visors, backup and side view cameras, video recording, and sensor products. Rosco’s staff has grown to over 250 total employees in facilities totaling 150,000 square feet. Key fleet customers include New York City Transit and Sanitation, the United States Postal Service, UPS, Fed-Ex, National Grid, Con Ed and PSE&G. Distinguished large bus and truck manufacturers installing Rosco product on new vehicles include Navistar / IC Bus, Freightliner/Thomas Bus, Blue Bird, Pierce, Oshkosh, Morgan Olson, JLG, and AM General.

Homeland Security gives full operating capability designation to General Dynamics remote video system

FAIRFAX, VA April 11, 2017 General Dynamics' (NYSE: GD) Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) upgrade has achieved a 'Full Operating Capability' (FOC) designation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This key milestone was achieved after two years of successful deployment and field testing along the southern border and underscores the operational impact this solution provides to the U.S. Border Patrol. The RVSS capability is currently operational in Nogales, Douglas, Naco, Yuma, and Ajo, Ariz., with relocatable deployments planned in McAllen and Laredo, Texas in 2017.

"The deployment of the Remote Video Surveillance System is important to the safety of our agents and to our mission," said Ronald D. Vitiello, Chief of CBP's U.S. Border Patrol. "Successful partnerships like the one we have with the General Dynamics team, are necessary to efficiently and effectively secure the border."

Located on elevated towers and structures, the RVSS advanced electro-optical and infrared sensors provide persistent ground surveillance to Border Patrol agents via an intuitive video management system with real time analytics to effectively detect, track, identify, classify and respond to missions along U.S. borders.

"Reaching a full operating capability designation is a testament to both the effectiveness of the RVSS solution and our continued partnership with CBP," said Dan Busby, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics Information Technology's IT Services and Solutions sector. "The RVSS upgrade will continue to provide CBP and U.S. law enforcement personnel with the advanced technology necessary to secure our nation's borders and increase agent safety through enhanced situational awareness."

In July 2013, CBP awarded General Dynamics One Source the contract to upgrade the RVSS capability along the southern U.S. border. General Dynamics One Source is comprised of General Dynamics Information Technology and General Dynamics Mission Systems.

General Dynamics has a diverse portfolio of Physical and Border Security contracts with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense and commercial customers, providing integrated security systems leveraging next generation wireless network infrastructure, secure mobile communications, operational support systems and advanced surveillance systems such as electro-optical and infrared long-range cameras. These programs include the recently awarded design and delivery of CBP's Relocatable Remote Video Surveillance System (R-RVSS) under Federal Aviation Administration Technical Support Services Contract (TSSC-4), Tactical Communications Modernization, Commercial Tier 1 Carrier Wireless Network Infrastructure and mission-critical wireless communication systems deployments such as Rescue 21, the U.S. Coast Guard's nationwide command, control and communications system that connects Coast Guard personnel with distressed mariners. Additionally, the company has supported large technology integration programs, including the consolidation of DHS Headquarters at St. Elizabeths in Washington, D.C.

For more information about General Dynamics Information Technology, please visit www.gdit.com.

More information about General Dynamics is available at www.generaldynamics.com.

VIEVU, Veritone partner to bring artificial intelligence to police audio, video data

O'Shea

ONTARIO, CA and NEWPORT BEACH, CA April 4, 2017 The Safariland Group ("Safariland"), the parent company of VIEVU® and a leading global provider of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets, and Veritone®, a leading provider of artificial intelligence solutions, today announced their intent to enter into an agreement to integrate their product offerings to apply artificial intelligence to uniquely extract and process crucial data from police body-worn camera footage. The Veritone Platform will be available to Safariland's law enforcement agency customers as a complement to VIEVU's body-worn cameras, accessories and software, later this year.

The integration will allow VIEVU's customers to upload large volumes of video and audio recordings into the Veritone Platform and process them in near real-time, enabling law enforcement personnel to rapidly extract actionable information for use in investigations, monitoring and training, as well as to respond more quickly and efficiently to public record requests.

"The Veritone Platform will enable law enforcement agencies to save thousands of hours of manual searching by using intelligent audio and video analysis, allowing them to focus time and resources on more mission-critical tasks," said Chad Steelberg, chief executive officer of Veritone. "The Veritone Platform uses more than 40 best-of-breed cognitive engines, ranging from transcription and face recognition to sentiment analysis to object recognition, which will provide VIEVU's users the ability to derive comprehensive, actionable insights from their body camera footage in near real-time. Importantly, we have long admired VIEVU's products and its dedication to innovation, and we look forward to working together to advance public safety with artificial intelligence technology."

"Joining Veritone's best-in-class artificial intelligence capabilities with VIEVU's leading body-worn camera and video solutions has the potential to bring critical, world-class technology into the hands of thousands of law enforcement personnel," said Terry O'Shea, chief technology officer of Safariland. "The combined offering of the two companies allows law enforcement agencies to sift through data with never before seen accuracy, security, and reliability, greatly reducing the number of hours needed to review footage. Using the Veritone Platform, VIEVU customers will be able to choose various cognitive engines, empowering them to select the best fit for their region or agency."

The Veritone solution stores users' private audio and video files securely within the platform, which is run on the Microsoft Azure Government Cloud, the first enterprise cloud to directly support the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division. The Veritone Platform also can operate in closed, localized on-premise implementations and on a wide range of client server configurations.

About The Safariland Group

The Safariland Group is a leading global provider of a broad range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets. The Safariland Group offers a number of recognized brand names in these markets including Safariland®, Med-Eng®, ABA®, Second Chance®, VIEVU®, Mustang Survival®, Bianchi®, Break Free®, Protech® Tactical, Defense Technology®, Hatch®, Monadnock®, Identicator® and NIK®. The Safariland Group's mission, "Together, We Save Lives", is inherent in the lifesaving and protective products it delivers. The Safariland Group is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. The Safariland Group is a trade name of Safariland, LLC.

For more information about The Safariland Group and these products, please visit www.safariland.com.

About VIEVU

VIEVU® is a leading provider of body-worn camera and video technologies, providing secure, high-quality video cameras for law enforcement, security, emergency medical services, first responders and retailers. The VIEVU Solution, the company's next generation fully-hosted cloud evidence management system, is built on Microsoft® Azure Government Cloud, the first enterprise cloud to directly support the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division. VIEVU was the first provider of body-worn cameras with Automated Video Redaction technology, a highly advanced redaction tool built to automatically blur faces and objects recorded on body-worn cameras, without user involvement, in order to protect the privacy and identity of victims, innocent bystanders, minors and undercover police officers. Built on police experience, VIEVU technology is used by thousands of law enforcement agencies in 17 countries. VIEVU received the highest score in an evaluation of body-worn video by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. For information please visit www.vievu.com.

About Veritone, Inc.

Veritone, Inc. is a leading artificial intelligence company that has developed the Veritone Platform, which unlocks the power of AI-based cognitive computing to seamlessly and automatically process, transform and analyze unstructured public and private audio and video data for clients in the media, politics, legal and law enforcement industries. The open platform integrates an ecosystem of best-of-breed cognitive engines and powerful applications, which are orchestrated together to reveal valuable, multivariate insights. To learn more about Veritone, please visit Veritone.com.

Interlogix releases latest version of TruVision Navigator video management software

LAS VEGAS April 5, 2017 Interlogix, a global leader in security and life-safety solutions, introduces TruVision Navigator 7, the latest release of its popular video management software. TruVision Navigator 7 now works seamlessly with Interlogix TruPortal access control systems and IFSÒ network switches – allowing end users to manage their entire security system from one single, easy-to-use interface. Interlogix is part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX).

With the new TruVision Navigator 7, users can configure and manage multiple TruPortal access control panels from Interlogix, add panel and door locations to a built-in interactive map and link cameras to doors to receive event notifications with live pop-up video verification. The new software also offers a built-in IFS network switch discovery service that provides switch login and configuration through its native web client.

“TruVision Navigator 7 is now more than just video management – it’s a complete, connected security system with cameras, recorders, network switches, and access control functionality,” said Michael Chiavacci, general manager, Interlogix, U.S. and Canada. “We’re continuing to invest in more tightly connected solutions that add increased value, convenience and functionality for our customers.”

Other new advanced video features in TruVision Navigator 7 include:

  • The ability to drag and drop websites for native viewing and navigating in the viewer panel
  • Real-time device bandwidth monitoring
  • Logical device views and filtering that provides smart event management
  • Continued operation in a client-server configuration when the server is offline

TruVision Navigator 7 can continue to be used as a powerful VMS. It offers recording of 360-degree cameras by de-warping the images natively within the software; customizable viewing panes that can be saved for one-click retrieval; remote device configuration capabilities and system health monitoring service that can reduce costly on-site maintenance service calls.

Integrated with TruPortal, the system can provide a fully-featured, web-based access control solution, scalable to secure up to 64 doors. And, with the ability to seamlessly add the full range of IFS high-performance networking switches users will be able to meet the needs of many demanding security environments.

“This integration equips our customers with a powerful centralized security solution that’s perfect for mid-sized commercial applications and small campus environments,” said Chiavacci.

TruVision Navigator 7 will be demonstrated April 5-7 at ISC West, Las Vegas (booth #18019) and will be available for download early this spring. For more information, visit www.interlogix.com.

About Interlogix

Interlogix provides leading security and life-safety solutions for both residential and commercial applications covering intrusion, video, transmission and access. Offering some of the most-trusted product names in the industry, and backed by ongoing partner services and support, Interlogix helps customers secure and protect what matters most. Interlogix is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.interlogix.com

 

TASER International changes name to Axon, offers free body cameras to U.S. police officers

Smith

SCOTTSDALE, AZ April 5, 2017 TASER International (Nasdaq: TASR), the global leader in connected law enforcement technologies, announced today that it is launching a new program to equip every police officer in America with a body camera and changing its name to Axon (Nasdaq: AAXN). It will also provide supporting hardware, software, data storage, training, and support to police departments free of cost for one year.

“We are going 'all-in' to empower police officers to more safely and effectively do their jobs and drive important social change by making body cameras available to every officer in America,” said Rick Smith, Founder and CEO of Axon. “We believe these cameras are more than just tools to protect communities and the officers who serve them. 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. That's why we're giving this opportunity to every single police officer in America.”

Axon's development of body cameras, cloud solutions, and other technologies is, in part, a response to the changing nature of police work. A recent Pew Research Center study painted a stark portrait of 21st-century policing. Policing, the study concluded, is harder today than it has ever been. Police officers expressed serious concerns about limited resources, lack of staffing, and equipment issues. Axon believes that technology can help address these problems.

“Cameras are the first of many steps toward a future where officers feel more confident and are freed from mundane report writing to focus more time on community policing,” said Smith. “Ask any officer about what prevents them from spending more time in the community, they'll tell you it's because they spend the majority of their shift filling out forms, often by hand. In time, cameras combined with artificial intelligence will make that very manual process automatic and effortless by creating video records to replace manual forms. The faster we can get this technology to officers who need it, the faster we can begin that process and free up officers' time to get back into the community, building better relationships with the people they serve.”

Axon is meeting the challenges officers face head-on. With this connected network of devices, apps, and people, officers can operate with confidence and focus on what matters: the people and community they serve. That's why Axon is giving every police officer in the United States access to its body-cam technology. The offer includes:

One Axon Body 2 camera per sworn officer

Digital evidence data storage with an Evidence.com “Unlimited Pro” license

Two mounts per officer

Docking station to securely upload body camera footage

Access to the full Axon Academy online training library

For additional information on how to sign up for the offer please visit: www.axon.com/offer. (This free, one-year trial offer is not available for any law enforcement agency or its officers in which Axon is participating in a request for proposal, a process that restricts communication with that agency or its officers.)

This offer gives departments the chance to prove the benefits of body camera technology before investing taxpayer dollars in purchasing it. Procurement remains a cumbersome, uncertain process: Even as police work and technology has evolved, procurement can still rely on paperwork, presentations, and promises—not field testing by actual officers. So departments end up purchasing technology without the input of the people who use it every day, often with dismal results.

Frontline officers are best positioned to evaluate and test this technology, and we encourage others in this space to give them that chance. Axon invites all providers of body cameras to join in this effort and provide free trial equipment for public safety agencies.

“The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) support the use of body cameras by police officers and have heard the call for their deployment from several communities demanding transparency. The offer from Axon is a bold move for the industry,” says Perry Tarrant, National President of NOBLE. “We believe body cameras offer a promising opportunity to increase transparency between police officers and the communities they serve.”

Since its inception, the TASER name has become synonymous with iconic, less-lethal weapons. Today, the company’s portfolio has grown to encompass a much wider range of technologies, including a rich ecosystem of connected devices and software applications.

Smith added about the name change, “Times are changing—and so are we. 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. Axon is the brand that reflects the network of devices, applications, and people that is transforming public safety. TASER will remain one of our flagship products, but now as a single focused product brand for our suite of Smart Weapons. Axon is the company we have become.”

The new ticker symbol “AAXN” will become effective upon the opening of the Nasdaq market on April 6, 2017. The company's official website is now www.axon.com. Outstanding stock certificates will not be affected by the name change and will not need to be exchanged. All stock trading, filings and market-related information will be reported under the new corporate name and trading symbol.

About Axon

Axon is a network of devices, apps, and people that helps law enforcement become smarter and safer. Our mission is to protect life. Our technologies give law enforcement the confidence, focus, and time they need to keep their communities safe. Our connected body cameras and evidence-management cloud allow police officers to work effectively and transparently, and our TASER Smart Weapons protect life without taking it.

We work hard for those who put themselves in harm's way for all of us. More than 180,000 lives and countless dollars have been saved with Axon's network of devices, apps and people. Learn more at www.axon.com or by calling (800) 978-2737.

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