London police test body cameras connected to Microsoft Azure

Thursday 1 December 2016 | 10:01 CET | News

Police forces across London have started using Microsoft’s Azure cloud service to store and review footage filmed on officer body cameras, known as Body-Worn Video (BWV) and developed by Microsoft partner Axon. . Around 22,000 police officers from 32 boroughs were given wearable video cameras in a project costing almost GBP 10 million. Microsoft said the footage will be uploaded to its Azure cloud service, where officers can study it and use it in court against those accused of wrongdoing.

The technology can also be used to protect the officers themselves. A pilot scheme saw a 93 percent reduction in the number of complaints made against police who were wearing the cameras, Officers use BWV to record their entire shift; the footage is automatically uploaded to Azure when the device is docked at a police station. The evidence will be stored in the cloud within the UK in data centres Microsoft opened in September

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