Motorola Solutions (NYSE:MSI) scored a large contract win after France's Minister of the Interior chose to outfit the National Police and the Gendarmerie, the equivalent of the military police, with its body cameras.
The 30,000-unit order, announced by the company yesterday, is one of the largest deployments of body cameras, and the contract is valued at $17.5 million.
Police-worn body cameras have turned into a global necessity to protect officers and provide a record of interaction with the public. The French police will be getting Motorola's latest camera, the VB400 with a 1080p wide-angle lens that can record up to 12 hours of video.
They'll have the opportunity to upgrade to include sensors that can begin recording and live-streaming footage if officers draw their sidearm from its holster, as well as an Android app for reviewing footage in the field.
It noted it had $40 million in radio and body-cam upgrades and orders with Nashville, Tennessee, and a $13 million body-cam order in the U.K. The company also said that it had integrated its V300 body cam with its P25 radio system.
Axon also reported first-quarter earnings yesterday that showed its own business continued to expand as sales for the period rose 33% on a 39% increase in recurring revenue.
Motorola noted it had additional deployments with the Romanian National Police and London Ambulance Services, indications that the international market is the next big growth opportunity.