Thursday, April 5, 2012

Small Drones for Local Police Departments

For the last forty years, AeroVironment has been committed to creating and delivering power new unmanned aircraft, also referred to as drones.  In the past they have previously been the primary manufacturer for the Department of Defense or the US Military.  These drones have been used in military combat and surveillance situations for decades.

A recent act of legislation opening US skies to unmanned aircraft brings the option of utilizing the drones on our home front as well.  AeroVironment is looking to start producing smaller (and less costly) drones for use by local police departments.  These drones are currently in place (both in field use and in testing) at some police departments in the US.  Departments that have been utilizing them have found them to be quite helpful.

The use of these drones is quite controversial, as some are quite worried about Big Brother watching whatever they want from the sky.  However, these drones can be used to safely navigate crime scenes, track suspects, search for missing persons, and much more.

To learn more about drones, check out our previous blog (showing a drone being flown with a Toughbook) and the following video from CBS's This Morning:

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