TASER makes the eponymous non-lethal self-defense weapon that's been the subject of many action movies and much controversy since its introduction. Naturally, TASER and law enforcement organizations that use their products are interested in creating a system to effectively gather and manage evidence and make it available throughout and across organizations. That's where Microsoft's Azure comes in.
Microsoft's Azure Government solution is popular with law enforcement, because Microsoft has worked hard to ensure that Azure meets the various compliance standards in place in agencies throughout the world. As an example, Microsoft is the FBI's only hyper-scale cloud provider contracted according to the agency's Criminal Justice Information Services Security Policy.
Microsoft and TASER issued a joint press release highlighting their partnership:
This partnership will provide a security-enhanced digital evidence management experience for law enforcement in an efficient and low-cost environment. As part of their work together, TASER and Microsoft will create an integrated approach to capturing and managing evidence including ingesting, retrieving, sharing, analyzing and archiving video, sensor and other data to support law enforcement and criminal justice officials as they work toward creating safer communities.
TASER's CEO Rick Smith on the partnership:
“We’re incredibly excited to announce our partnership with Microsoft, a recognized public sector leader with valued products across police agencies’ technical needs,” says TASER Founder and CEO Rick Smith. “Microsoft Azure is well known for its industry-leading security and reliability and, with it, we can provide the most secure and compliant cloud capability to our customers. I’m also excited to announce that the new partnership offers future opportunities for Axon customers to leverage even more cutting-edge technologies with Microsoft’s expertise in data analytics, machine learning and computer vision.”
For more information on Microsoft's Cloud for Government, visit http://microsoft.com/government. Microsoft will be also showcasing their commitment to providing secure and robust cloud solutions for law enforcement agencies at IACP, currently on-going this week in Chicago, IL.