Two Taser acquisitions create new ‘Axon AI’ group, boosting effort to analyze vast police video data
Axon, the Seattle maker of a cloud-based network and body cameras for law enforcement agencies, is adding artificial intelligence to its arsenal of tools to improve public safety.
Taser International, the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based parent company of Axon, announced Thursday that it was making two acquisitions in order to launch a new group called “Axon AI.” Seattle — and Axon’s much-celebrated office — will be the epicenter for a team of nearly 20 researchers and engineers working for the group.
Taser acquired Dextro Inc., a computer vision and deep-learning system that makes the visual contents in a video searchable in real time. According to a Taser news release, the technology will give law enforcement “the ability to quickly isolate and analyze the most important seconds of footage from massive amounts of video data.”
The second acquisition was a computer vision team from Fossil Group Inc., which includes machine-vision researchers working on improving the accuracy, efficiency and speed of processing images and video.
The acquisitions will bolster Axon’s existing digital evidence management system, which connects more than half of the nation’s major city police agencies, including the Seattle Police Department, which settled on an Axon contract in November.