Body-tech pioneer Audax has signed a financially significant deal to supply the Vietnamese military and police.
The award-winning Plymouth company will be exporting 4,500 of its Body Worn Video (BWV) sets in a deal the value of which has not been disclosed but is understood to be very lucrative.
Adam Liardet, managing director of Audax, said: “Following a successful two-year procurement selection process, the military and police in Vietnam are rolling out thousands of our cameras.
“We have shipped 2,000 cameras so far with another 2,500 to undertake before Christmas.”
He said the Vietnamese forces selected Audax because of the firm’s international reputation and “evidentially” secure technology.
“Our easy to use cameras are manufactured in the UK and exported all over the world,” he explained. “Audax cameras are robust, and have been developed, based on the years of experience we have gathered in our dealings with police forces and security professionals worldwide.
“A large front ‘record’ button this makes the devices simpler to use, and unlike other cameras used by some UK police forces, the video review screen is on the rear of the camera so it is not as easily damaged.
“It has a longer life battery, can be used in the dark as it has built in infrared lamps, has in-built GPS for location pinpointing and is both significantly lighter and more robust so it can cope with the climate.”
Mr Liardet added: “Our products are designed to be secure so evidence can’t be manipulated or tampered with, and they protect members of the public just as much as they protect officers from false allegations.”
Audax is one of the UK’s leading digital evidence-gathering technology firms. It was set up in 2003 by Mr Liardet, a former soldier, and Mike Pitt, formerly in the Royal Navy.
Its body-worn video technology is manufactured abroad, to Home Office standards, and sold internationally, including to several UK local authorities and even hospitals. Footage recorded is admissible in UK courts.
The firm has achieved good sales in countries such as Germany, Belgium, Malta and Gibraltar, in addition to the UK, where Audax sells to the NHS, local authorities, security firms and in the ENTE (evening and nighttime economy).
In addition to its head office in Plymouth, Audax has offices in the Belgian capital Brussels, and in the Hunberside.
While the UK and EU are strong and important markets for the company, this latest export win is of note, due to “the end user and the size of the order, said Mr Liardet.
“I was out in Vietnam in the summer and am due to return again shortly, but have found Vietnam to be completely different from what I expected,” he said.
“Vietnam is one of the fastest growing economies in the region and showed a GDP growth of 7.1% in 2018.
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“While Vietnam is a one-party state ruled by the Communist Party of Vietnam; they have a strong commitment to create a favourable business environment and are publicly committed to addressing corruption.
“With 50% of its population being less than 35 years old and with positive economic conditions comes a new found confidence.
“As an example, Vietnam is one of the most progressive countries in South East Asia for LGBT rights,” said Mr Liardet.
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