Axon and Skydio provide drones for first responders

  • March 22, 2021
  • Steve Rogerson

Arizona-based connected public safety technology company Axon and US drone maker Skydio are partnering to provide autonomous drones for law enforcement and emergency responders.

Via the Axon Air unmanned aircraft programme, Axon will be the exclusive reseller and digital evidence management partner of Skydio’s products to public safety globally. In addition, the two companies are working on a joint product roadmap that, in the coming months, will lead to the integration between Skydio drones and Axon Air, Axon Evidence and Axon Respond.

The partnership between Axon and Skydio brings a shift in how public safety agencies can leverage small unmanned aerial systems for real-time situational awareness and evidence management. Skydio drone-captured imagery will be manageable and shareable for agencies, and live alongside corresponding body camera video in the Axon Evidence digital evidence management platform.

Through the integration with the Axon Respond real-time operations platform 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.

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

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

Skydio drones are available for sale by Axon through this partnership, including the Skydio 2 and X2, with Axon Evidence and Respond integration launching later this year. Additionally, Skydio will offer Axon Air, Evidence and Respond to its customers. Skydio designs, assembles and supports its products in the USA. X2 has been selected as a trusted drone platform for the Department of Defense and the federal government as part of the Defense Innovation Unit’s Blue sUAS programme. X2 also satisfies the supply chain security requirements in the national defence authorisation act.

“This partnership underscores Axon’s commitment to ensuring that everyone gets home safe,” said Axon Air general manager Aydin Ghajar. “Skydio’s leading position in autonomous flight aligns with Axon’s vision of enhancing response times and offering first responders a turnkey drone programme that provides a safer, more effective method of gaining situational awareness and gathering evidence.”

Skydio leverages AI to create intelligent flying machines for use by consumers, enterprises and governments. Founded in 2014, it is made up of experts in AI, robotics, cameras and electric vehicles from companies, research labs and universities around the world. It designs, assembles and supports its products from its headquarters in Redwood City, California.

Axon is a network of devices, apps and people that helps public safety personnel become smarter and safer. It has its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, and a software engineering hub in Seattle, as well as offices in Australia, Canada, Finland, Vietnam, UK and Netherlands.