Axon, Skydio partner to bring AI-powered autonomous drones to LE

The companies will offer a suite of integrated products, including 3D crime scene reconstruction and live-streaming drone and bodycam footage


By Police1 Staff 

SEATTLE — Axon and Skydio, a leader in U.S. drone manufacturing, announced in a press release Thursday that they’ll be partnering to bring autonomous drones to law enforcement and emergency first responders. 

The partnership will be incorporated into Axon’s unmanned aircraft program, Axon Air. Axon will become the exclusive reseller of Skydio’s products to public safety globally, according to the release. The two companies are now working towards a seamless integration between Skydio drones and Axon Air, Axon Evidence and Axon Respond. 

A Skydio drone.
A Skydio drone. (Skydio)

According to the release, that integration will enable the following capabilities: 

  • Skydio drone-captured imagery will be accessible through Axon Evidence, a digital evidence management platform 

  • Through integration with Axon’s Respond for Devices, command staff and 911 dispatchers can access live-streamed views from on-the ground body camera and drone footage 

  • Skydio 3D Scan will enable agencies to scan crime and accident scenes to create  3D reconstruction models 

“Over the last year, we’ve seen strong momentum of Skydio drones in public safety,” said Mark Cranney, Skydio COO, in a statement. “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.” 
 
“This partnership underscores Axon's commitment to ensuring that everyone gets home safe,” said Axon Air General Manager, Aydin Ghajar, in a statement. “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.”

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