New York City's $6 million contract for police body cams reveals a fierce PR battle between two companies to sway city officials, the public, and the media.
Last Friday, the New York Police Department awarded a $6 million contract for its long-delayed body cam program. It was a cause for measured celebration among the civil rights advocates who have complained about the NYPD's interminable rollout of body cams, but in at least one corner of town, it was a bitter defeat.
The NYPD contract was awarded to VieVu, one of the two dominant body cam manufacturers in the U.S. VieVu's main competitor is Taser International, whose stock price tumbled 12 percent on Friday on the news that it had been passed over for the contract.
While Taser is famous for making stun-guns, it bet several years ago—correctly, it appears—that most police departments would someday soon be equipped with body-worn cameras. Since then, Taser and VieVu have competed in city after city, vying for lucrative public contracts for police body cams. >>>>>
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