Axon, a specialist in connected law enforcement technologies, has announced the creation of a new imaging engineering team which will be based in a new research and development office in Tampere, Finland. The team, led by industry expert Juha Alakarhu, will look developing a platform for future advancements that leverage augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI).
Alakarhu is a well-known imaging technology expert who has spent the last 14 years developing several industry-first technologies in smartphones and VR. Having previously led camera technology teams at Nokia and Microsoft, he most recently led imaging for Nokia’s OZO team in Finland.
“For the last decade, our team has revolutionized the imaging industry, and the revolution will continue at Axon,” says Alakarhu, Axon’s VP of Imaging. “The team and I are excited for the opportunity to apply our skills to help ensure Axon can deliver the highest quality cameras to law enforcement across the world.”
The team spearheaded the imaging development of Nokia’s OZO, a professional VR camera which is able to record seamless stereoscopic 360-degree video, using eight synchronized one-inch 195-degree global shutter cameras – Nokia announced in October 2017 that further development of the OZO camera had now halted due to refocusing its business direction. Alakarhu’s team also developed several imaging solutions including oversampling (the 41 megapixel smartphones Nokia 808 and Lumia 1020).
“We are thrilled to bring this talented group of imaging engineers on board,” says Axon CEO and founder Rick Smith in a statement. “We never stop trying to improve upon the technology we produce for our customers. We know this team will take it to another level, creating next generation breakthroughs for our body-worn and in-car cameras.”
The new engineering team will also look at enhancing the capabilities of Axon’s future wearable and in-car cameras using both AR and VR technologies, helping law enforcement become smarter and safer. As further details on Axon plans emerge, VRFocus will let you know.