Public Safety

You’re Invited: DJI, EENA to Talk Drones for Emergency Response

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 16, 2017

DJI and the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) are presenting a webinar this Friday on using drones for emergency response. DJI and EENA will discuss the results of their recently completed yearlong project conducted with the emergency-response community in Europe. [Read More]

LA County Sheriff’s Dept. Ready to Deploy New UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 13, 2017

Now approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) is bringing on board an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to be used in what it calls “dangerous, hostile and life-saving operations.” At a press conference [Read More]

West Seneca, N.Y., Police Officers Win State-Funded Drone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 12, 2017

The town board of West Seneca, N.Y., has green-lighted the purchase of a $10,000 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to be used by the town’s police force. According to the West Seneca Bee, four police officers will receive training on how [Read More]

Report: Are UAVs Ready to Take Center Stage in Humanitarian Aid?

Posted by Joseph Bebon on December 28, 2016

A recent research project explored the potential benefits and challenges of using drones during humanitarian crises.

University of Miami Students Creating Drone for Search and Rescue

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 23, 2016

The University of Miami College of Engineering’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is using a NASA grant to build a drone suited for search-and-rescue operations. According to a news post from the College of Engineering, the student team, headed [Read More]

Justice Department: Tips for Implementing Drones in Public Safety

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 19, 2016

The National Institute of Justice met with stakeholders last year to come up with ideas for how law enforcement can use drones “most effectively, fairly and transparently.”

AMA, Fly Robotics Launch UAS Training for Public Safety Officers

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 12, 2016

The Academy of Model Aeronautics’ (AMA) education department, in conjunction with Fly Robotics, has released a hands-on training course designed for public safety officers looking to implement unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). According to AMA, the course will provide officers the [Read More]

Federal Program for Search-and-Rescue UAVs Kicks off in B.C.

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 12, 2016

A one-year pilot project for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in search and rescue (SAR) is kicking off in British Columbia. Naomi Yamamoto, the minister of state for emergency preparedness, has announced the Emergency Management BC’s endorsement of [Read More]

Osteopathic Physician Introduces Medical Disaster Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 07, 2016

Two new disaster drones delivered telemedical packages to victims and rescue personnel in a simulated mass casualty event yesterday at John Bell Airport in Bolton, Miss. The technology debuted before an audience that included Gov. Phil Bryant, R-Miss., and representatives [Read More]

Edmonton Police Service Announces First UAV-Related Charge

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 07, 2016

The Edmonton, Alberta, Police Service (EPS) has charged a man in relation to what it calls the “unsafe and dangerous operation” of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). According to a Dec. 7 press release from the police, on Wednesday, Sept. [Read More]

With New sUAS, Indiana Officers Take ‘Innovative, Futuristic Step Forward’

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 29, 2016

Indiana Conservation Officers at the law enforcement division of the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have brought in small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) to aid in search-and-rescue operations. Currently, five Indiana Conservation Officers have become certified pilots of the [Read More]

California Sheriff’s Office’s UAV is Ready for Action

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 29, 2016

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office of Visalia, Calif., says its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program is now in full swing. In March, the sheriff’s office received its first UAV; at the time, Tulare County was only the third department in [Read More]

UAVs Show ‘Overwhelming’ Potential in Conflict-Affected Africa

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 22, 2016

In conflict-affected parts of Africa, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being used by humanitarian aid organizations such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – the UN Refugee Agency, or UNHCR – to plan relief responses and save lives. [Read More]

Companies Developing New Search-and-Rescue Drone Platform

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 21, 2016

Mouser Electronics Inc., along with Easy Aerial Inc. and celebrity engineer Grant Imahara, is developing a search-and-rescue (SAR) drone platform as part of the newest series in its Empowering Innovation Together program. “Project First Responders” features a cloud-based drone platform called [Read More]

How Public Safety Agencies Should Go About Bringing UAS On Board

Written by Betsy Lillian on November 17, 2016

The founder of Draganfly Innovations recently offered advice for police officers wanting to establish a drone program: gain both experience and public support.

Lockheed Martin Proves Power of UAS Plus Helicopters for Emergency Response

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 17, 2016

Lockheed Martin says it has demonstrated for the first time how its suite of optionally piloted helicopters and small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) can work together to successfully locate and extinguish fires, pinpoint the location of a missing person, and [Read More]

General Atomics Touts Humanitarian Relief Potential of Angel One Drone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 15, 2016

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI), a manufacturer of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) systems, radars, and electro-optic and related mission systems solutions, says it can provide a company-owned drone to support humanitarian relief efforts. According to the company, Angel One, an [Read More]

U of T Researchers Explore UAV-Delivered Automatic External Defibrillators

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 14, 2016

Researchers from the University of Toronto Engineering are exploring the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to deliver lifesaving automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) to homes. PhD candidate Justin Boutilier is working under Professor Timothy Chan, director of the Centre for [Read More]

DJI and EENA: How to Improve Emergency Response with UAS

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 14, 2016

In partnership with the European Emergency Number Association (EENA), DJI has released a white paper sharing insights and best practices for the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in emergency situations. The white paper stems from a yearlong project [Read More]

Sheriff’s Office’s New Drone to Augment SAR for Special-Needs Persons

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 11, 2016

The Somerset County, N.J., Sheriff’s Office has purchased a drone in collaboration with the Project Lifesaver team and Lockheed Martin. The aircraft was funded from the Sheriff’s Drug Enforcement Association forfeiture account, consisting of federal monies seized from cooperative investigations [Read More]