Axon, Skydio Partner on Autonomous Drones for Public Safety
Thursday, March 11, 2021 | Comments

Axon and Skydio announced a strategic partnership to offer Skydio’s autonomous drones to law enforcement and emergency responders via Axon’s unmanned aircraft program, Axon Air.

As a Skydio Elite Partner, Axon will be the exclusive reseller and digital evidence management partner of Skydio’s products to public safety globally. In addition, the two companies are working on a joint product road map that, in the coming months, will lead to the seamless integration between Skydio drones and Axon Air, Axon Evidence and Axon Respond.

The partnership between Axon and Skydio brings a paradigm shift in how public-safety agencies can leverage small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) for real-time situational awareness and evidence management. Skydio drone-captured imagery will be easily manageable and shareable for agencies, and live alongside corresponding body camera video in Axon’s digital evidence management platform, Axon Evidence. Through an integration with Axon’s real-time operations platform, Respond for Devices, command staff and 9-1-1 dispatchers will be able to access live-streamed views from on-the-ground body cameras and drone footage, providing a more comprehensive picture of an incident. Additionally, Skydio’s state-of-the-art flight autonomy engine and 3D adaptive scanning software, Skydio 3D Scan, will enhance public-safety operations and efficiency by automating scans of crime and accident scenes to create accurate 3D reconstruction models.

“Over the last year, we’ve seen strong momentum of Skydio drones in public safety,” said Skydio Chief Operating Officer (COO) Mark Cranney. “We are excited to partner with Axon, the leader in connected public-safety technologies and a company that shares our commitment to the responsible use of technology to keep communities safe, to accelerate this trend globally. The integration of Axon’s and Skydio’s market-leading solutions will deliver unprecedented value and unlock the full potential of autonomous drones for live aerial intelligence and accurate evidence management.”

Skydio drones are available for sale by Axon through this partnership, including the Skydio 2 and Skydio X2, with Axon Evidence and Respond for Devices integration launching later this year. Additionally, Skydio will offer Axon Air, Axon Evidence and Axon Respond to its customers. Skydio designs, assembles and supports its products in the United States. Skydio X2 has been selected as a trusted drone platform for the Department of Defense and the federal government as part of the Defense Innovation Unit’s Blue sUAS Program. Skydio X2 also satisfies the rigorous supply chain security requirements in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

“This partnership underscores Axon's commitment to ensuring that everyone gets home safe,” said Axon Air General Manager Aydin Ghajar. “Skydio's leading position in autonomous flight aligns with Axon's vision of enhancing response times and offering first responders a turnkey drone program that provides a safer, more effective method of gaining situational awareness and gathering evidence.”

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