Axon, the preeminent manufacturer of body-worn cameras for law enforcement, has launched the latest version of its devices, known as the Axon Body 3. The new version features gunshot detection, livestreaming, and wireless uploads.
The current version of the cameras, which are typically worn in the mid-chest region, must be physically docked before investigators can access the footage.
Since May 2018, when Axon acquired its next-largest rival, VieVu, it has had a near-monopoly in the United States on body-worn cameras. A tiny Silicon Valley startup rival, Visual Labs, has been selling its Android-based cameras, which have had livestreaming and similar wireless features for at least two years.
Axon made the announcement Saturday evening at a law enforcement conference held in Orlando, Florida. The company, formerly known as Taser, also said that it has improved the camera’s ability to capture low-light situations in the new version. The Axon Body 3, priced at $699, will ship during the summer of 2019.
Beyond the camera, Axon promoted a new version of its previous flagship product, the Taser 7, at the event. That device is now integrated with the company’s Evidence.com cloud-based storage system. The company also trumpeted improvements to its training workshops, known as Axon Academy, which will “now include empathy training for special populations, including the mentally ill, and tools on how to make strategic decisions when in the field.”