Axon and Fotokite bring actively tethered autonomous drones with evidence management to public safety
Axon in partnership with Fotokite, a service provider of actively tethered Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) solutions, commonly referred to as drones, and public safety software tools, today announced the autonomous Fotokite Sigma UAS complete with wireless livestreaming and evidence management is now commercially available to public safety customers in the US and Canada.
The exclusive partnership between Axon and Fotokite, announced in 2020, changes the way agencies leverage drones for real-time aerial situational awareness. Through Axon’s real-time operations platform, Axon Respond, ground operators will have access to real-time streaming video to support effective decision making and improved outcomes. Additionally, with integration with Axon Evidence, Axon’s digital evidence management platform, footage can be easily and securely stored and managed, ensuring integrity and availability throughout the chain of custody.
The Fotokite Sigma can launch, fly, and land with the push of a button—no setup time, calibration, or active piloting required. It is the only UAV system permitted by the FAA to be operated by any professional public safety team member without the need for a pilot license or further authorization. The drone is capable of more than 24-hours of continuous flight time and able to withstand extreme weather conditions to ensure it is ready to operate when and where it is needed.