SEATTLE, Aug. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Axon (Nasdaq: AAXN), the global leader in connected public safety technologies today announced that the first two features of Axon Auto-Transcribe are now available to agencies. Fredericton Police Force in Canada, Rowlett Police Department and Ector County District Attorney's office are the first to announce their deployment of Axon Auto-Transcribe as part of Axon's customer early access program. The tools, named Review Assistant and Transcription Assistant, use artificial intelligence (AI) to accelerate the review and transcription of evidence, generating significant time and cost saving benefits for agencies. Instead of viewing video, audio and text as separate elements from an incident, Axon Auto-Transcribe unifies these elements into one "hypermedia player" enabling powerful connections and efficiencies. Axon Auto-Transcribe is available now within Axon's digital evidence management solution, Axon Evidence (Evidence.com). To learn more visit: https://www.axon.com/products/auto-transcribe.
With the increasing adoption of body-worn cameras, public safety agencies face two major challenges: 1) reviewing massive amounts of video evidence to find the evidence that is pertinent to the investigation; and 2) quickly and accurately transcribing video evidence so it can move through the justice system. Axon Auto-Transcribe's new tools help to solve for these issues with the following key features:
Review Assistant uses the power of AI to create a time-synced auto-transcript for users to review versus hunting through an entire video to find the important moments. Users can search for a word within the transcript as well as click on a word to jump to that portion of the video where that word is spoken.
Transcription Assistant uses the power of AI to generate an initial transcript so the user only has to focus on making corrections versus transcribing from scratch, which can take four to ten times the length of the audio being transcribed. The integration with Axon Evidence means the transcribed evidence can be efficiently shared with attorneys and courts, eliminating the need to email Word documents.
Axon is developing future iterations of these products to provide even further time-saving tools for customers, such as automatic highlighting of significant events in the transcript. This will impact report writing such as supervisor video reviews and use-of-force reviews. The capabilities of Axon Auto-Transcribe will integrate with other services and products within Axon Evidence.
"Axon Auto-Transcribe allows agencies to get the maximum value out of their audio and video evidence," says Axon CEO and founder, Rick Smith. "We've heard from customers that a significant amount of their time and resources is spent reviewing hundreds of hours of video footage. By developing a 'hypermedia view' of every element of an incident, we're not only creating much needed efficiencies into the evidence review and sharing process, we are also enabling our customers to get to the truth faster and with increased accuracy."
"Investigators would complete an interview with a victim, then spend probably three, four hours transcribing," says Rowlett PD Lieutenant Steve Ferrie. "Finding a solution for transcribing became a top priority — it's taking up too much time for the investigators. With Axon Auto-Transcribe, we estimate a 65-75% time savings just by being able to push a button to get a transcript. Our investigators can listen to the evidence and make changes in a fraction of the time."
"The Axon transcription feature was very beneficial to our [[ recent homicide ]] investigation," says Fredericton Police Force Detective Darryl Carter. "Most interviews were being conducted by other major crime members, and were often lengthy. Being able to read the transcript of an interview as opposed to watching hours of video proved to be vital. I saved hours of work with each interview, and was able to keep on top of information coming in quite quickly."
Review Assistant and Transcription Assistant were unveiled at the Axon Accelerate user conference, the leading global technology conference for public safety professionals across law enforcement, federal, fire, EMS and corrections. As an introduction to Axon Auto-Transcribe, customers with Axon Pro licenses will receive 100 minutes per license and customers with Axon Records licenses will receive 200 minutes for each license. Customers on Axon's Officer Safety Plan 7+ (which encompasses both Axon Pro and Axon Records offerings) will receive a starter pack of 300 minutes per license.
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