TASER says offers 1,000 free cameras to NYPD, Vievu matches offer
TASER issued the following statement: "On October 3, concerned that the New York City Police Department was about to select a body worn camera vendor without a technical field evaluation, TASER offered to provide the NYPD with 1,000 TASER Axon body cameras, software and storage, free of charge... The NYPD is one of the few major cities to select a body camera system without conducting a multi-month field test of the top scoring vendors to determine who can actually deliver on the claims they make about their solution. TASER said it would support a NYPD field test by providing free cameras and cloud-based video storage for up to one year... Today, at a public hearing held by the NYPD concerning the proposed contract, Vievu said it would match TASER's gift." Commenting on the development, TASER government affairs VP Isaiah Fields said, "We're thrilled that TASER is the catalyst for NYPD's opportunity to get 2,000 free body cameras at no cost to the community. The NYPD can use this opportunity to accelerate its body camera program with cameras out on the streets this year instead of next, in a side-by-side field trial that ensures the selection of the best technology for the city." Vievu recently beat out TASER for an NYPD contract by offering what analysts have called a "significantly unprofitable contract."