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

The company also announced Wednesday its decision to change its name to Axon, ditching "Taser International", as part of an expansion into new products.

"We believe these cameras are more than just tools to protect communities and the officers who serve them".

According to Axon, a police department could begin the one-year free trial this month, and departments can opt out of the offer at any time. But a lengthy process that often comes with contracts with public agencies and a desire to reach more departments, quicker, is driving Axon.

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

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.

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.




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

Axon said 41 of 69 major USA cities are using, or have made a decision to use, body-camera technology - and 36 have chosen Axon. Many will work on Axon's expanding artificial intelligence technology, which the company hopes will one day significantly reduce the paperwork officers have to complete. "Taser will remain one of our flagship products, but now as a single focused product brand for our suite of smart weapons".

Management will host a conference call tonight, April 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. (ET) to provide further information to investors.

Axon®, the "Delta Axon" logo, Evidence.com, and TASER® are trademarks of Axon Enterprise, Inc., some of which are registered in the US and other countries.

But a bulk of Taser's revenue still comes from its traditional taser gun and camera business. More than 180,000 lives and countless dollars have been saved with Axon's network of devices, apps and people.

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