ONTARIO, Calif., April 5, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Safariland Group, the parent company of VIEVU®, a leader in body-worn video and digital evidence management, today announced that VIEVU issued the following statement regarding TASER/Axon's offer of free body-worn cameras to law enforcement agencies:
TASER/Axon's publicity stunt is at best unethical and at worst illegal. Its offer should come under a simple headline: READ THE FINE PRINT. These so-called 'free cameras' come with significant internal implementation costs for law enforcement agencies that will be left with unusable raw data at the end of a year-long trial period, essentially forcing them to commit to TASER's overpriced services or face exorbitant switching costs. Ultimately, this is a transparent attempt to end-run cities' public policy rules and processes designed to ensure fairness for the tax-paying residents who fund these initiatives.
The reality is that TASER has already tried this desperate tactic in New York City and Phoenix. In New York it is illegal. In Phoenix, TASER was threatened with debarment. TASER's attempt to turn this bad idea into a national offer only underscores its anti-competitive strategy and willingness to flout public rules in an effort to squelch competition. The fact remains that TASER continues to lose in competitive situations due to the unnecessarily high cost and lack of differentiation of its products and services.
VIEVU is proud to offer best-in-class technologies and features at attractive price-points and is committed to competing for and winning contracts through fair and open public processes. We look forward to working collaboratively with law enforcement agencies across the nation to meet and exceed their body-worn camera and video storage needs.
John Collins, a spokesperson for VIEVU, added, "TASER's tactic is analogous to asking someone to get a free tattoo on his or her face – you'd better be sure you want it because it is very difficult to get rid of it once you do."
VIEVU® is a leading provider of body-worn camera and video technologies, providing secure, high-quality video cameras for law enforcement, security, emergency medical services, first responders and retailers. The VIEVU Solution, the company's next generation fully-hosted cloud evidence management system, is built on Microsoft® Azure Government Cloud, the first enterprise cloud to directly support the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division. VIEVU was the first provider of body-worn cameras with Automated Video Redaction technology, a highly advanced redaction tool built to automatically blur faces and objects recorded on body-worn cameras, without user involvement, in order to protect the privacy and identity of victims, innocent bystanders, minors and undercover police officers. Built on police experience, VIEVU technology is used by thousands of law enforcement agencies in 17 countries. VIEVU received the highest score in an evaluation of body-worn video by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. For information please visit www.vievu.com.
About The Safariland Group
The Safariland Group is a leading global provider of a broad range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets. The Safariland Group offers a number of recognized brand names in these markets including Safariland®, Med-Eng®, ABA®, Second Chance®, VIEVU®, Mustang Survival®, Bianchi®, Break Free®, Protech® Tactical, Defense Technology®, Hatch®, Monadnock®, Identicator® and NIK®. The Safariland Group's mission, "Together, We Save Lives", is inherent in the lifesaving and protective products it delivers. The Safariland Group is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. The Safariland Group is a trade name of Safariland, LLC.
For more information about The Safariland Group and these products, please visit www.safariland.com.
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