DJI is partnering with Axon to sell video-capable drones directly to cops

DJI has partnered with Axon (the company formerly known as Taser) to sell drones with DJI video capability directly to police officers through a new Axon Air program.

Through the program, Axon will serve as an easy place for police and law enforcement agencies to purchase unmanned aircraft, providing access to Axon's connected data network and Evidence.com services. For starters, DJI and Axon will sell the professional-level Matrice 210 model and the more user-friendly Phantom 4 Pro model.

The Axon association makes sense on both sides. Drones look like a useful tool for officers on search and rescue missions, and Axon's existing ties with police organizations as a hardware provider (he makes tasers and body cameras for police officers) means that he already has the channels and the relationships to sell DJI drones to those groups.

There is no information on what Axon and DJI are charging for the purchases of drones through the Axon Air program, but interested parties can request information on the Axon website. (Typically, the Matrice 210 starts at $ 7,999, while the Phantom 4 Pro costs $ 1,299.)

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