Axon, Fusus Partner on Real-Time Situational Awareness Capabilities
Thursday, May 19, 2022 | Comments

Axon and Fūsus, a provider in real-time crime centers for public-safety agencies in the U.S., announced a strategic partnership to expand the capabilities of Axon Respond and the Fūsus Real Time Crime Center in the Cloud (RTC3) solution to provide agencies better real-time operations situational awareness, including streamlined investigative workflows.

The partnership will make it easier and more cost-effective for communities to aggregate live feeds from public and private cameras, including closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras, in addition to live video feeds from Axon Body 3, Axon Fleet 3 and Axon Air connected drones, creating a unified operational picture for first responders.

A key challenge facing law enforcement today includes limited real-time visibility into what is happening in the field, difficulty sharing the right information with relevant parties, and the challenge of effectively mobilizing resources and managing incidents. Axon Respond addresses these challenges by allowing law enforcement supervisors to utilize location-mapping, including the location of on-scene officers, escalation alerts and live streaming to gain real-time visibility into evolving situations and make calls for back-up as needed.

With the partnership, additional video footage and sensor data collected by Fūsus' connected systems will seamlessly integrate with the Axon Respond viewer. In addition, video and officer location captured by Axon Body 3 and Fleet 3 cameras will be available in Fūsus' RTC3 solution via their cloud interfaces.

The Fūsus solution makes it simple for communities to break down existing security information silos by allowing owners of private security systems to opt-in to providing law enforcement and public-safety agencies with access to live-streaming video and evidence from public spaces, enhancing the safety of shopping malls, retailers, educational institutions, office buildings and more.

"Fūsus presents agencies with a unique opportunity to unify all of their public-safety infrastructure like cameras, automatic license plate readers, automatic vehicle location and other data sources on a single, technology agnostic platform," said Axon General Manager and Senior Vice President of Real-Time Operations Ran Mokady. "Our partnership with Fūsus aligns with our vision for the future of public safety, where agencies and communities can work together seamlessly to create safer environments for all."

Fūsus aggregates live video, data and sensor feeds from virtually any source, thereby enhancing situational awareness and investigative capabilities of law enforcement and public-safety agencies. This partnership will directly complement Axon's real-time operations offerings, particularly Axon Respond, which allows agencies to obtain seamless connection to agency-critical data sources and situational awareness during unfolding incidents. In connection with the partnership announcement, Axon will be launching new bidirectional application programming interfaces (APIs) for Axon Respond that allow for flow of camera and other sensor data. Fūsus will be an inaugural partner using these APIs in support of the customers and communities we jointly serve.

"Axon is the perfect strategic partner for Fūsus, as we're both committed to ensuring everyone gets home safe," said Fūsus CEO Chris Lindenau. "Axon has done an incredible job of creating products that protect life and help officers to work smarter. We are excited to be joining forces with Axon to build a wider ecosystem that will tie together critical real-time investigative and life-saving assets across communities, to provide significantly enhanced situational awareness and ultimately, improve public safety."

In connection with the partnership, Axon closed a $21 million non-controlling minority investment in Fūsus. Fūsus has also committed to collaborating with Axon's independent AI Ethics Board.

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