Axon, Occam Partnership Allows Agencies to Play Third-Party Video
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Axon announced a partnership with Occam Video Solutions, whose flagship product, iNPUT-ACE, is software used for video investigations.

Public-safety agencies are often overwhelmed by the task of gathering, storing and sharing an increasing amount of digital evidence. Axon's cloud-based digital evidence management solution, Axon Evidence, is designed to help departments manage all this data and continues to add new features and functionality. Through Axon's partnership with Occam, Axon customers will be able to convert third-party video evidence within Axon Evidence to gain a fuller picture of what happened in any given investigation.

"Almost all investigations today require analyzing some amount of video evidence,” said Mike Burridge, a former police chief. “Whether it is CCTV, cellphone video, home surveillance systems, or law enforcement video, it's crucial that the video is played accurately. Video evidence is collected from different video sources and each has their own unique video format. Investigators have to quickly playback video evidence and, unfortunately, this is often done with generic or unreliable tools that can create inaccurate or misleading video evidence. Agencies without video investigative solutions, like iNPUT-ACE, often unknowingly utilize this kind of evidence in the courtroom or internal investigations, and it can have devastating consequences, especially in today's climate."

Video security, closed-circuit TV (CCTV) and publicly submitted video evidence can be burdensome for law enforcement agencies to manage. Many video security systems use unique video formats that can only be played back using proprietary hardware or software. When agencies attempt to playback that video using other commercial software, the files often play incorrectly with frames being skipped entirely. The Axon Evidence integration with iNPUT-ACE, which supports most video file types, solves for this by converting files into a lossless format, ensuring that the entire picture of what happened in an incident is fully captured.

"This partnership will have a great impact on our customers and can help in further establishing trust within their communities," said Axon CEO and founder Rick Smith. "Agencies are now enabled to review, store and organize video evidence from many sources with the confidence that they are viewing correct playbacks. This is a great example of how Axon is working toward protecting truth and transparency."

Axon's partnership will use iNPUT-ACE's core playback and conversion engine, the Video Integration Suite (VIS), to allow for third-party video files to be played and converted within Axon Evidence. The video can then be viewed and analyzed as easily as video captured on body cameras.

"Our mission is to empower investigators with intuitive tools, expert training and comprehensive support to further video-centric investigations," said iNPUT-ACE CEO Andrew Fredericks. "We are thrilled to integrate our VIS API engine with Axon and ensure that every customer can review video evidence without being slowed down by the technical challenges that are common in reviewing video files."

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