Public Safety

Wanted: Unmanned Aircraft Services in Northwestern Montana

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 20, 2017

Realizing what the technology can bring to the table in a number of applications, Lake County, Mont., is looking to hire federally certified commercial drone operators. According to a local Valley Journal report, the county’s commissioners decided during a hearing [Read More]

The Police Foundation: Tips for Agencies Bringing sUAS on Board

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 18, 2017

The Police Foundation has released a new infographic suited for law enforcement agencies looking to establish a program for small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). The infographic, entitled “sUAS and Public Safety,” provides an overview of operational, training, and legal and [Read More]

Trumbull Unmanned Brings in Photogrammetry Solution for ‘Critical Applications’

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 18, 2017

Trumbull Unmanned, a Houston-based provider of drone services for the oil and gas industry, has incorporated SimActive’s Correlator3D software into its emergency response services. SimActive is a Montreal, Quebec-based developer of photogrammetry software. Its Correlator3D solution generates high-quality geospatial data [Read More]

New ‘Specialist Squad’ Takes on Drone Threat to U.K. Jails

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 17, 2017

The U.K. government has formed a “specialist squad” of prison and police officers to tackle the threat drones are posing to prison security, Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah announced today. According to a government press release, the team of investigators will [Read More]

Drones to Strengthen Security of Boston Marathon

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 12, 2017

For this year’s event, which is expected to draw more than a million spectators, officials are bringing in tethered drones from local unmanned aircraft systems company CyPhy Works.

FAA Enacts UAS Restrictions Around 133 Military Facilities

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 10, 2017

The federal agency says this marks the first time it has established airspace restrictions that apply only to unmanned aircraft systems.

Insitu’s ScanEagle UAV Deployed for Monitoring Pirate Activity

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 03, 2017

Insitu’s ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is being credited with helping patrol Somalia’s coastline for pirate activity, the European Union Naval Force ATALANTA (EU NAVFOR) has announced. A crew from Spain’s 11th Squadron, which is usually based in Cadiz, Spain, [Read More]

SoCal Police Covering All the Bases Before Bringing in Drones

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 31, 2017

The emergency response departments of Chula Vista, Calif., located in San Diego’s metropolitan area, are finalizing their procedures for unmanned aircraft system (UAS) use and are encouraging public input. The Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) and Chula Vista Fire Department [Read More]

Case Dismissed for Kentucky Drone Shooter

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 27, 2017

A Kentucky man who used a shotgun to take down a drone back in 2015 recently emerged victorious in a court case that pitted the rights of drone operators versus property owners against each other. In summer 2015, Hillview, Ky., [Read More]

North Carolina DOT Comes up with Best Practices for UAS in First Response

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 24, 2017

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has established best practices and recommended policies for agencies using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in first response, such as conducting search-and-rescue operations or surveying after a flood. The final report was released after [Read More]