Axon has expanded its tech offering in public safety through the acquisition of Sky-Hero, a Brussels-based leader in tactical uncrewed aerial vehicles and uncrewed ground vehicles. This move is reflective of the growing interest and potential of robotics in enhancing community security.
One of the primary challenges in public safety is navigating the potential risks of human interaction in uncertain situations. The introduction of uncrewed vehicles can offer a preliminary layer of situational awareness and even facilitate initial communication, which could help in de-escalating potentially volatile situations without immediate human intervention.
Sky-Hero is already recognized for its robots, which are used by top tactical teams in prominent law enforcement and military agencies globally. Axon's acquisition is in line with its ongoing commitment to explore and integrate technology that can improve visibility, communication, and overall situational awareness in public safety.
Over time, Sky-Hero’s products will be incorporated into the "Axon Air powered by DroneSense" software platform. This will make Sky-Hero's robots part of Axon's inaugural lineup of tactical uncrewed vehicles, complementing Axon's existing drone software and hardware portfolio.
Axon emphasizes that the ultimate goal of such advancements is to prioritize life protection. Central to Axon's strategy is the conviction that technological solutions can facilitate de-escalation, reducing the need for lethal force. This acquisition of Sky-Hero is a significant step towards Axon's ambitious target of decreasing gun-related incidents involving police and the public by 50% within the next ten years.