Viridian® Awarded National Public Safety Video Surveillance Contract
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – February 24, 2020 – Viridian Weapon Technologies is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the Sourcewell contract in the Public Safety Video Surveillance Solutions category. As one of the top-scoring respondents during a recent competitive solicitation process, Viridian earned a four-year contract. Sourcewell awarded this contract to only four respondents after reviewing RFP responses from 23 manufacturers. Viridian received the award along with Axon Enterprise, Inc., Panasonic i-PRO Sensing Solutions Corporation of America, and WatchGuard Video, Inc. (recently acquired by Motorola Solutions).
Sourcewell, formerly NJPA, is a leading government agency specializing in cooperative purchasing. Their procurement experts have awarded more than 325 competitively solicited contracts to world-class companies on behalf of their 50,000 public-agency members.
“Good news continues to happen for our company. This bid award further emphasizes the essential role that Weapon Mounted Cameras (WMCs) play in mobile video evidence solutions,” said Brian Hedeen, President and CEO at Viridian. “It increases public awareness of what we have known for a long time – that WMCs are the ideal tool to capture officer-involved shootings.”
“We believe the award of this bid to Viridian provides great value to Sourcewell member municipalities and police departments,” said Viridian General Counsel, Matthew Plowman. “The inclusion of Viridian in the bid award alongside three prominent video evidence companies demonstrates that the agency recognizes the value of WMCs as a supplement or alternative to traditional bodycams as part of a community’s risk management for the critical exposure of high level use-of-force events.”
Through Viridian’s Sourcewell contract, government agencies may purchase Viridian’s advanced and revolutionary Weapon Mounted Cameras at its most competitive pricing available, without the burden of the typical RFP process.
Viridian’s FACT Duty™ WMC has already proven indispensable in the courtroom. Earlier this month, evidence from a Viridian WMC was presented in an officer-involved shooting (OIS) trial. The jury in Vernon, Texas, after seeing WMC footage of the incident, took less than 30 minutes to convict the defendant of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a public official.
Viridian’s FACT Duty Weapon-Mounted Camera provides an unobstructed view of critical use-of-force events from the end of the firearm, addressing limitations officers can face with body cameras. The WMC employs a 1080p full-HD digital camera with a microphone and 500 lumen tactical light. Viridian’s proprietary INSTANT-ON® technology automatically activates the camera and microphone whenever the officer draws the firearm from its holster. Not only does this eliminate risk of failure to manually turn on the camera during a critical event, but it also keeps the officer from fumbling with cumbersome equipment.
More information on FACT Duty WMCs can be found at ViridianWeaponTech.com/FACT-Duty-Learn-More.
About Viridian Weapon Technologies
Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Viridian Weapon Technologies is devoted to applying cutting-edge technology to design compact, powerful self-defense products for the civilian, military and law enforcement markets. Viridian is the leader in weapon-mounted technology and responsible for a number of firearm innovations including green and red laser sights, LED weapon-mounted illuminators and several shooting accessories including the TacLoc® Holsters. Viridian products are designed and built in the USA. More information is available at ViridianWeaponTech.com.