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Microsoft, Taser forge law enforcement cloud pact

Taser's evidence and law enforcement management tools will be integrated with Microsoft's Azure government cloud.

Microsoft and Taser have formed a partnership that will combine the software giant's Azure cloud platform with law enforcement management tools.

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The partnership will blend Microsoft's Azure cloud infrastructure and Windows 10 devices with Taser's Axon law enforcement platform and Evidence.com. Taser is best known for it weapons that incapacitate subjects via electrical charge, but also offers body-worn cameras as well as data management software.

In a nutshell, Taser's digital evidence management systems will run on Microsoft's Azure. The two companies will also integrate evidence collection, ingesting, retrieving, analysis and archiving. Microsoft's Azure cloud complies with the FBI's CJIS Security Policy.

Going forward, Taser is planning to leverage Azure's emerging analytics, machine learning and computer vision technologies.

The Taser Axon and Azure integration will be previewed in the fourth quarter and available to law enforcement agencies in the first quarter. Taser customers will be able to move data to Microsoft's Azure government cloud.