Public Safety – Page 8

microdrones Shows What UAVs Can Do for Water Rescues

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 30, 2016

microdrones has released a video demonstrating a new water rescue tactic the company has developed by using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). In the video, a specially trained lifeguard spots a drowning swimmer and immediately deploys a microdrones md4-1000 UAS as [Read More]

UAV Helps Ontario Police Uncover Marijuana Plants

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 29, 2016

The Wellington County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) recently used an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to locate marijuana grow plots in the town of Minto, Ontario. According to a news release from the OPP, on Sept. 23 at approximately 2:28 p.m., [Read More]

Central Valley First Responders Get UAV SAR Training from K2 Unmanned

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 29, 2016

K2 Unmanned Systems recently provided unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) search-and-rescue (SAR) training to the allied agency first responders in California’s Central Valley. The training took place at SAREX 2016, an event hosted by the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office in partnership [Read More]

San Francisco Proposes Drone Use Policy for City Departments

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 20, 2016

The City and County of San Francisco’s Committee on Information and Technology (COIT) has drafted a drone use policy that, if adopted, will apply to all city employees and contractors. According to the policy draft, any department looking to implement [Read More]

DJI Sets out to Prove Drone Benefits for SAR in Rough Terrain

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 09, 2016

Search-and-rescue (SAR) tests from DJI have found that a properly equipped unmanned aircraft system (UAS) can find a missing person in a one-square-kilometer area within 20 minutes – which is 80% faster than traditional methods, according to Romeo Durscher, DJI’s [Read More]

New Partnership Furthers Drones for Emergency Response in Kansas County

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 02, 2016

The Property Drone Consortium (PDC) – a collaboration comprising insurance carriers, roofing industry stakeholders and supporting enterprises – has announced a public-private partnership with the emergency management department of Marion County, Kansas. The consortium says it will provide Marion County [Read More]

Kentucky UAS Services Company Cleared for Night Flying

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 02, 2016

Lexington, Ky.-based Unmanned Services Inc. (USI) has inked a waiver from the Federal Aviation Administration for nighttime drone flights. By being able to operate at night, USI says it can provide enhanced services to clients and communities: e.g., infrared search-and-rescue [Read More]

Texas Sheriff’s Office Touts New Infrared-Equipped UAV

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 02, 2016

The Navarro County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) recently received an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to assist in crime-fighting and rescue operations. According to the department, the aircraft is a DJI Inspire 1 Pro, equipped with a FLIR thermal camera for [Read More]

Calif. Team Takes Home Grand Prize in DJI’s Search-and-Rescue Challenge

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 29, 2016

San Rafael, Calif.-based Autero beat out nine other finalists for a $100,000 prize at Sunday’s SDK Challenge, hosted by DJI, Ford Motor Co. and the United Nations Development Programme. DJI’s annual SDK Challenge was held in Rome, N.Y., at Griffiss [Read More]

Teams Compete in Drone Search-and-Rescue Challenge in N.Y. This Weekend

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 24, 2016

DJI is joining Ford Motor Co. and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Sunday to host its annual SDK Challenge, which is taking place at the Federal Aviation Administration-designated drone test site at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, N.Y. [Read More]