New App Acts as Alternative to Police Body Cams

Plus, St. Louis takes Axon's free body-cam deal; Inrix, StreetLight Data co-win Ohio traffic analytics bid


An Alternative to Police Body Cams Axon is the dominant player in the police body camera market. But a smaller company, which made a name for itself among officers with a free-to-use phone call app, is offering a cheaper way for law enforcement to record video: with their cell phones.

St. Louis, Facing Protests, Takes Axon's Free (For a Year) Body Cams Deal The city's civil unrest was thrust into the national spotlight three years ago when a police officer in nearby Ferguson shot a black man, Michael Brown, dead. Today, the city faces more protests. Now the St. Louis Police Department is going to take up Axon on its offer to provide free body cameras and video storage for a year.

Inrix, StreetLight Data Co-Win Ohio Traffic Analytics BidThe companies will sell their transportation data and analytics services to multiple state agencies as well as local governments.

Pondera Adds Harvard Fraud Expert to Board
Malcolm Sparrow is a professor at Harvard University. He's testified before the U.S. Congress. He's written seven books. And now he's joining the fraud and waste detection company Pondera's board of directors.

Crime Notification App Raises $12M Round Led by Sequoia Citizen, an app using 911 systems to send crime alerts to people nearby, is only a year old. It went through a major rebranding and functionality overhaul six months ago. It also just raised $12 million in a Series A round led by big-name investors.



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Data from Accenture suggests that it could. Respondents to a survey this year said they didn't trust artificial intelligence to handle a number of activities.



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