Public Safety

Security Intelligence Company Using UAS Wins $50K in Fla. Competition

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 08, 2016

EagleEye Intelligence, a Boca Raton, Fla.-based public safety and security company increasingly using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), has been named runner-up in the 2016 VentureTech Showcase in Florida. The Florida Venture Forum and Space Florida announced the two top winners [Read More]

DJI, DroneSAR Launch Search-and-Rescue App for Aerial First Response

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 03, 2016

DJI and Irish tech start-up DroneSAR have announced a new app designed for unmanned aircraft system (UAS) search-and-rescue missions. According to the companies, the app can stream live image and video from a camera (including infared) to an incident command [Read More]

Report Showcases Success of sUAS for Texas Flood Relief

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 25, 2016

Small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) were used earlier this year in the aftermath of two Texas floods in Fort Bend County, a major Houston suburb and the 10th most populated county in Texas. A paper, “Two Case Studies and Gaps [Read More]

Oregon Sheriff’s Office Kicks off UAS Program

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 21, 2016

A Pendleton, Ore.-area sheriff’s office has launched its new unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) program, which will augment missions such as search and rescue (SAR) and emergency management. The Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office (USCO) says drones are continuing to help public [Read More]

Ohio Stakeholders Come Together for Advisory Group on UAS in Law Enforcement

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 21, 2016

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced the formation of an advisory group tasked with creating a model law enforcement policy for the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The Ohio Attorney General’s Advisory Group on Unmanned Aircraft Systems will [Read More]

Las Vegas PD Deploys DroneTracker for Presidential Debate Security

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 21, 2016

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) used a sophisticated system of automated sensors and networked software to detect and identify potential drone threats during the final presidential debate, held Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center at the University [Read More]

Drones Tested in Communications-Denied, Post-Disaster Environment

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 20, 2016

American Aerospace Technologies Inc. (AATI), a provider of long-range drones for civilian applications, has successfully tested drone-based wireless communications and real-time mapping for improved hurricane response. During a hurricane-response exercise, the company flew its RS-20 unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to [Read More]

From Hobby to Commercial: AMA Forms Partnership for Part 107 Test Prep

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 20, 2016

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), which serves approximately 195,000 modelers in 2,400 clubs in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, is now offering Part 107 remote pilot test preparation through UAV Ground School (UAVGS). Recently appointed to the Federal Aviation [Read More]

Allstate Goes from Polaroid to Ultra-Zoom Drone Technology

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 20, 2016

Allstate Corp., one of the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurers, is taking drones over Savannah, Ga., and parts of South Carolina to inspect rooftops and homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew. Allstate says it is using multiple unmanned aircraft [Read More]

Verizon Goes with Drones for Critical Inspections After Hurricane Matthew

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 17, 2016

Verizon is using drones to help with cell site inspections in North Carolina and South Carolina to survey areas impacted by severe flooding from Hurricane Matthew. Washington, D.C.-based Measure is using a quadcopter to inspect cell sites in difficult-to-reach locations, [Read More]

Aeryon Rolls out UAS Subscription for Public Safety Agencies

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 17, 2016

Waterloo, Ontario-based Aeryon Labs has introduced an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) solution designed specifically for public safety agencies. The solution provides agencies the option of a turnkey monthly program, which includes fees as low as $99 per day, as an [Read More]

Travelers Sends out Its sUAS Team to Hurricane-Affected Areas

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 17, 2016

The Travelers Cos. Inc. has deployed a team of claim professionals who will use small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) to assist with residential and commercial property damage inspection in South Carolina, Georgia and other states affected by Hurricane Matthew. Travelers [Read More]

Drones Are Now Delivering Lifesaving Blood in Rwanda

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 14, 2016

The Rwandan government has begun using drones to conduct up to 150 on-demand, emergency deliveries of lifesaving blood to 21 transfusing facilities in the western half of the country – per day. The drones and delivery service are built and [Read More]

DJI, Shapeways Announce Winners of SAR Drone Design Challenge

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 14, 2016

Drone company DJI and Shapeways – a 3D-printing service and marketplace headquartered in Manhattan, N.Y. – have announced the winners of a design contest to create unique, 3D-printed accessories to help use drones for search-and-rescue (SAR) purposes. The grand-prize winner [Read More]

Aeryon Drones Augment Public Safety at Summer Olympics

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 13, 2016

Aeryon Labs Inc. – a Waterloo, Ontario-based provider of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for military, public safety and commercial applications – has announced the successful deployment of Aeryon sUAS solutions during this summer’s Olympics in Rio. Operated by the [Read More]

UAV Start-Ups Combating Zika Grab Federal Funding

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 13, 2016

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded funding to two unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) start-ups as part of its “Combating Zika and Future Threats Grand Challenge.” USAID launched the challenge in April to provide up to $30 million [Read More]

College in Cleveland Offers Drone Academy for First Responders

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 05, 2016

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), based in Cleveland, is kicking off a drone academy designed specifically for public safety departments. The inaugural academy, hosted by the college’s Public Safety Center of Excellence, will be held Oct. 10-14 at the KeyBank Public [Read More]

Tennessee Sheriff’s Office Says New UAS Will Benefit Taxpayers

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 03, 2016

In an ongoing effort to use technology to be more efficient with taxpayer money, the Hamilton County, Tenn., Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) says it has taken steps to create and integrate an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into its operations. According to [Read More]

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]