Bodycam bonanza: Taser profits surge as US cops buy camera technology


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Taser International, the American firm widely known for its stun guns, is doing a booming business in the US. The company’s profits surged 57 percent over the previous quarter largely thanks to the sales of body cameras to thousands of police units.

Taser’s Axon brand, producing wireless body cameras that can be attached to the shirt pocket, zipper, lapel or utility belt of a law enforcement officer’s uniform, accounted for the hike in profits. Taser International reported a 97.5 percent jump in Axon segment revenues to $8.9 million in the second quarter of 2015 in comparison to the prior year second quarter. Axon body-worn camera hardware sales increased $1.7 million compared to the prior year period as more agencies chose to embrace the technology.

Police are seen as demonstrators gather near Camden Yards to protest against the death in police custody of Freddie Gray in Baltimore April 25, 2015. At least 2,000 people protesting the unexplained death of Gray, 25, while in police custody marched through downtown Baltimore on Saturday, pausing at one point to confront officers in front of Camden Yards, home of the Orioles baseball team.  REUTERS/Sait Serkan Gurbuz - RTX1A9YM Police are seen as demonstrators gather near Camden Yards to protest against the death in police custody of Freddie Gray in Baltimore April 25, 2015. At…

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