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Scottsdale-based Taser changing name, offering free body-worn camera trials

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PHOENIX — Scottsdale-based Taser International Inc. announced this week that it is changing its name and offering law enforcement agencies a free one-year trial of its body cameras.

The company, now known as Axon Enterprise Inc., is offering the full package of hardware, software, data storage, training and support as part of the trial.

“We believe these cameras are more than just tools to protect communities and the officers who serve them,” Rick Smith, founder and CEO of Axon, said in a press release.

“They also hold the potential to change police work as we know it, by seamlessly collecting an impartial record and reducing the need for endless paperwork. That’s why we’re giving this opportunity to every single police officer in America.”

If a department opts to keep the camera after the trial, it will be required to pay full price. The company did not say how much the cameras and related equipment cost.

The trial is not open to agencies that Axon is already in talks with about purchasing body cameras.

Body cameras are a growing business for Axon, which also makes stun guns.

The name change will be official in the stock market on Thursday. Axon’s stock symbol will be AAXN, a change from Taser’s TASR.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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