California-based drone startup Skydio soar to the friendly skies with a lucrative deal with the public safety tech player Axon.
The strategic partnership will enable Axon to offer law enforcement and emergency agencies the Skydio autonomous drone platform through the Axon Air brand.
As a Skydio Elite partnerAxon will be the exclusive reseller and partner for digital evidence management of Skydio products for public safety agencies worldwide. The two companies are also working on a joint product plan for the seamless integration of Skydio drones Axon Air, Axon Evidence and Axon’s answers.
How it works
The partnership is expected to be a happy marriage between drone technology and platforms that provide situational awareness and real-time evidence management. Agencies can easily manage and share images captured by Skydio drones along with the corresponding footage from the body camera in Axon’s digital evidence management platform. By integrating the two into Axon’s real-time operating platform Reply to devicesCommand personnel and 911 dispatchers can access live streams from the ground and from the sky.
Skydio’s flight autonomy engine and 3D software for adaptive scanning, Skydio 3D scanwill also improve public safety operations and efficiency by automating crime scene and accident scans to create 3D reconstruction models.
Full potential of autonomous drones
“Over the past year we’ve seen strong momentum from Skydio drones in public safety,” said Mark Cranney, COO of Skydio. “We are excited to partner with Axon, the leader in connected technologies for public safety, and a company that shares our commitment to the responsible use of technology to protect communities to accelerate this trend around the world. The integration of Axon 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. “
“This partnership underscores Axon’s commitment to making sure everyone gets home safely,” said Aydin Ghajar, general manager of Axon Air. “Skydio’s leadership in autonomous flight aligns with Axon’s vision of improving response times and making first responders a turnkey solution To offer a drone program that provides a safer, more effective way to gain situational awareness and gather evidence. “
“This will further increase Axon’s value as a real-time tool for law enforcement and first responders,” said Travis Hoium, an analyst at Motley Fool. “If you think about the company’s products over the past decade, it started with tasers, added cameras that needed to be docked to extract data, and then introduced wireless backup. But live streaming really is the future. “
Blue skies for Skydio
The announcement is another speck of blue sky blowing across Skydio’s business horizon. Earlier this month, the drone startup got caught a $ 170 million financing round led by Andreessen Horowitz’s growth fund – the largest investment round by a drone company to date. Last year, Skydio set the record at $ 100 million.
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