May 23, 2022
Axon and Skydio have announced an upgrade to its Axon Respond software that will allow public safety agencies flying Skydio Drones and using the Respond software to access drone live-streams to provide more comprehensive views of incidents.
The partnership between the two companies is aimed to help public safety agencies deploy small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) for real-time situational awareness and evidence management tasks. The integration with Axon Respond will allow command staff and 911 dispatchers to combine the live-streaming capabilities of Axon body-worn and in-car cameras with the Skydio drone’s aerial perspective – all within the same network.
In addition to the wireless live-streaming and digital evidence management, Skydio drone-captured imagery will live alongside corresponding body-worn camera video in Axon’s digital evidence management platform, Axon Evidence, and the company said Skydio evidence can be securely and efficiently managed and shared like any other digital asset in Axon Evidence.
“We’ve seen drones create a significant, positive impact for our public safety customers, helping keep first responders and the communities they serve safer,” said Adam Bry, CEO of Skydio. “Our integrations with Axon Evidence, Respond and Air culminate an incredibly successful strategic partnership – bringing together market-leading solutions to give our customers even more effective methods of gaining situational awareness and gathering and managing evidence.”
As part of the partnership, agencies will also soon be able to manage their drone programs with a comprehensive management platform, including pilots, flight logs, data and hardware, on the “Axon Air powered by DroneSense” platform. Automated record keeping aims to provide accountability and transparency across the entire organization. Axon said this integration will be available to customers later this year.