Smyrna to buy 156 police cameras

The Smyrna City Council voted on Dec. 3 to pay around $1,086,746 over the next five years to replace the city’s police cameras.

That means 80 body-worn cameras and 76 vehicle-mounted dash-camera systems along with all of the required peripheral hardware/software and maintenance.

Axon Enterprise of Arizona will be the supplier, providing installation, setup and training.

Initial cost for purchase of the five-year agreement is $397,504, including the installation.

For years two to five, the annual cost will be $172,310.

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In a Nov. 19 memo, Smyrna Purchasing Manager Kelly Brown said the Smyrna Police Department requests approval to contract with Axon Enterprise Inc. to replace their body-worn and in-car camera systems.

Axon is the sole-source provider of the Body 2 body-worn camera, Fleet 2 in-car camera and software system, Brown noted.

Among the reasons why the Axon system is recommended, Brown said, are because:

  • It is the only vendor with integration of Taser technology and software currently used by the city.
  • Axon purchased the Vievu system that currently is used, outdated and no longer selling new technology under this brand.
  • Upgrades to new technology will be provided every 30 months.

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