Making DFR adoption easy
The positive and almost immediate results of DFR have prompted agencies around the US to begin developing DFR programs of their own. To support these efforts, Axon has launched Axon Air Remote, a single source for the hardware, software and training agencies need to successfully launch a DFR program:
- Hardware: Axon Air Remote is compatible with most DJI enterprise drones used in public safety, and Axon’s support team will help your agency find and implement the right aircraft for your DFR program goals.
- Software: Axon Air provides dependable wireless live streaming to Axon Respond, comprehensive digital evidence management with Axon Evidence (Evidence.com) and complete program management features.
- Training: Axon Air’s straightforward training program gets teams ready to fly through virtual and in-person Axon Air software courses — and one-on-one license preparation with a 99% success rate.
Axon Air Remote’s built-in preflight checks, customizable geofences, continuous network integrity monitoring and emergency landing sites create the industry’s safest approach for demanding environments.
“Axon Air Remote allows agencies to scale their DFR program with a trusted technology partner,” explains Sallee. “All drone programs are challenging, and it is a new endeavor for most. These challenges include procuring your drone, training your pilots, getting authorizations from the FAA — on top of finding software for piloting the drones, live streaming the footage, managing the drone fleet, and storing the data. Of course, there is also the important issue of getting the public on board. All of this can be done with Axon Air Remote.”
Campbell Police Department’s Chief, Gary Berg shared that his agency adopted Axon Air Remote to create efficient workflows, aid in situational awareness, and improve officer safety. “The Axon Air Remote platform allows us to have a seamless connection in our public safety network,” he said. “As we transition to Axon CAD, we will be able to access information in one place, which is consistent with our technological goals.”
DFR can help your agency fill staff shortfalls, combat violent crime and create safer interactions with the communities they serve. But what does the future hold?
In the long term, DFR has the potential to completely change how agencies respond to situations. “By providing real-time situational awareness prior to the arrival of ground units, DFR programs are creating a paradigm shift for law enforcement and public safety.” Retired Fire Chief Charles Werner, Founder and Director, DRONERESPONDERS. Chief Gary Berg echoed these sentiments: “DFR is the future of law enforcement. Utilizing technology to assist our officers will create a safer community.” According to experts, DFR will eventually involve cutting-edge technology such as real-time analytics, computing at the edge, machine learning and autonomous drones.