Axon Body 4 provides better quality footage with additional perspectives, streamlined controls and introduces real-time communication support, making it much more than just a camera
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., 11 April 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Axon (Nasdaq: AXON), the global leader in public safety technology, today introduced its next-generation body-worn camera, Axon body 4. Key upgrades include:
- Enhanced Communication Ability: Axon Body 4 introduces two-way communication between officers and their support teams by enabling multiple viewers accessing the live stream to communicate in real time with the camera wearer. A new Watch Me button allows officers to signal for additional support, with location and critical alerts displayed on the Axon Respond.
- More points of view: The Axon Body 4 allows for easy connection of an additional point-of-view (POV) camera module. This camera can be attached to an officer’s head or shoulder, used handheld, or attached to the brim of a hat or sunglasses to allow for alternate perspectives that more closely reflect the officer’s own point of view.
- Upgraded camera features: Sharper images, improved visibility, a larger field of view and better camera capabilities enable the wearer to capture more of every moment.
- More streamlined operation: Axon Body 4 improves the officer user experience as well as enables agency administrators to more easily manage their body camera programs.
“Axon Body 4’s advanced features are a giant leap forward for handling an incident safely in real time,” said Rick Smith, founder and CEO of Axon. “The Axon Body 4 provides far more than just a camera. It has the ability to be a communications beacon. We believe the Axon Body 4 will be a powerful tool in public safety and security that can unlock new levels of transparency , flexibility, increased situational awareness and real-time support. This device is at the heart of equipping agencies to never miss a beat.”
Ensuring that critical moments are always captured is an important part of Axons moonshot goal of reducing the number of gun-related deaths between police and the public by 50% in the next decade. Axon has led the way in body camera innovation since 2008, providing customers with the latest technology to enhance officer and community safety. The Axon Body 4 was specifically built for the unique needs of public safety and security, allowing users to capture and preserve footage and data exactly as situations unfold.
More than just a camera, Axon Body 4 can remove barriers to communication
In situations where public safety is at risk, real-time visibility into events and timely support are essential. Live streaming has been a tactical advantage in these cases, providing extra eyes on the scene. However, communication to officers from supervisors and dispatchers has historically been over the radio and out of sync with video and audio from the live stream.
Axon Body 4 enables public safety and their support teams to communicate with each other in real time by combining seamless video live streaming with new two-way audio. This ability is incredibly useful when additional help is needed from coordinators, supervisors, translators, mental health professionals, or anyone who can offer help in a unique situation. Off-scene support teams can view the live stream and communicate directly through the officer’s Axon Body 4, providing real-time support to the officer while preserving radio bandwidth for other requirements.
A new Watch Me button on the Axon Body 4 allows officers to signal an extra set of eyes to watch their back when answering calls. When an officer presses this button, Axon Respond users receive a notification within moments so they can immediately support the officer. This allows supervisors and dispatchers to prioritize which officers can benefit most from additional support.
Similar to the Axon Body 3, the Axon Body 4 location can be displayed on the Axon Respond map in real-time, and cameras can be configured to start recording automatically when an officer is assigned or approaches the location of a high-priority call for service. Critical alerts, such as the withdrawal of a firearm, activation of a TASER unit, and more can be configured to communicate via the body camera and display in the Axon Respond. This further ensures that agencies never miss a critical moment.
Enhanced features provide fundamental improvements for ease of use
The Axon Body 4 has a larger field of view of 160 degrees, or an 18% optional view increase from previous models, bringing the camera closer to capturing everything the human eye can. It also includes a stronger 5 MP sensor that enables sharper details and higher resolution footage. These upgrades can help capture more of the situation with better quality.
Officers no longer have to choose between using chest-mounted cameras or flexible POV modules, as the Axon Body 4 has the option to add a quick-connect POV camera with the Flex POV module. This provides multi-angle viewing, including on tactical goggles for eye-level viewing or on a lapel for an extra angle. The POV module can also capture unique hand-held perspectives for looking around corners or under vehicles and can live stream to Axon Respond. It is added with a quick click to the Axon Body 4, is IP67 rated waterproof, smaller, lighter and more durable than previous Axon Flex models and does not require charging.
Full-shift connected camera without compromise to capture more of every moment
The Axon Body 4 provides improved battery life and provides a runtime of 13+ hours, making it reliable for a full shift without compromise, even with real-time services running. Axon Body 4 also allows for fast charging with magnetic quick-disconnect. The device is capable of adding over 20% battery charge in under 30 minutes, making it easier for the user to recharge in the car while on duty.
With upgraded basic features to improve the user experience, Axon Body 4 has a simplified camera registration process, programmable buttons and the ability to provide reminders and confirmations to improve awareness of when the device is activated. Axon Body 4 also provides more accurate time tracking, GPS position accuracy and has double the storage capacity compared to previous models, making it even more capable of capturing high-quality videos and images with faster processing. This improves the user experience for both the camera user and the administration.
The Axon Body 4 is currently being trialed by several agencies in the United States and will be available for customers to begin purchasing in the second half of 2023, with shipments beginning shortly thereafter.
Axon is a technology leader in global public safety. Our moonshot target is to reduce gun-related deaths between police and the public by 50% by 2033. Axon is building the public safety operating system of the future by integrating a suite of hardware devices and cloud software solutions that guide modern policing. Axon’s suite includes TASER energy devices, body-worn cameras, in-car cameras, cloud-hosted digital evidence management solutions, productivity software and real-time capabilities. Axon’s growing global customer base includes first responders across international, federal, state and local law enforcement, fire, corrections and emergency medical services, as well as the legal sector, commercial enterprises and consumers.
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