Skydio Drones Offered for Law Enforcement & Emergency Responders

By Mike Ball / 14 Mar 2021

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Axon has entered into an agreement to offer Skydio’s autonomous unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to law enforcement and emergency responders via the Axon Air program. Axon is a Skydio Elite Partner, and will act as the exclusive reseller and digital evidence management partner of Skydio’s products to global public safety organizations. The two companies are also developing a joint product roadmap that will lead to seamless integration between Skydio drones and Axon Air, Axon Evidence, and Axon Respond.

Public safety agencies can now use easily manageable and shareable drone-captured imagery for real-time situational awareness and evidence management. The imagery will be accessible alongside corresponding body camera video in Axon’s digital evidence management platform, Axon Evidence. Through the integration with Axon’s real-time operations platform, Respond for Devices, command staff and 911 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.

Skydio’s flight autonomy engine and 3D adaptive scanning software, Skydio 3D Scan, can also be used to enhance public safety operations and efficiency by automating scans of crime and accident scenes to create accurate 3D reconstruction models.

Mark Cranney, COO of Skydio, commented: “Over the last year, we’ve seen strong momentum of Skydio drones in public safety. 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.”

Aydin Ghajar, General Manager of Axon Air, said: “This partnership underscores Axon’s commitment to ensuring that everyone gets home safe. 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.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact