The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is brainstorming a new way to detect crime and enhance public safety: the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS).
According to a report on the New York Daily News, the UAS can be affixed with cameras and microphones to survey high-crime areas and possibly even detect the sound of gunshots.
The NYPD currently has a $500,000 budget for a pilot program of the gunshot detectors, which can be connected to the cameras on the UAS to let police know where the sounds are from, the article states.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is in support of the idea and believes the systems could also be used by the FDNY for fire surveillance.
The entire Daily News article can be found here.