VIDEO technology outfit Edesix is set to expand its range of wearable cameras to meet a growing global demand for equipping frontline workers with personal CCTV.
The Edinburgh-based firm, which supplies Police Scotland and more than 50 local authorities around the UK, has already seen its VideoBadge system adopted in Abu Dhabi, where officers used it during the arrest of a woman for the recent murder of a US teacher.
In March, Edesix secured £750,000 in funding from Panoramic Growth Equity in its first round of external investment. The cash injection saw Panoramic – which has also backed Glasgow-based online marketing agency Dog Digital – take a minority stake in the firm and partner David Wilson join its board.
Edesix chairman Gordon Thomson, who is also managing director of network systems at Cisco, said: “This is a very exciting time for Edesix. Our investment has enabled the business to embark on a significant new phase of growth, which leaves us well positioned to pursue new global opportunities while increasing our market penetration in the UK.”
Focus on wearable cameras has intensified after US President Barack Obama proposed spending $75 million (£48m) to help buy 50,000 of the devices for police in the wake of the shooting in August of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Thomson added: “The debate around protecting frontline staff and the public, while capturing vital evidence, has never been more topical, particularly in light of several high-profile incidents both at home and overseas. We believe that there’s a huge opportunity now to look beyond policing to other sectors including health and transport.”
Edesix also sells its products and services to public sector and private companies such as parking enforcers, retailers, cleaning companies and debt collection agencies.