|A DJI Phantom Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS).|
To get up to speed you may want to view a 31 minute podcast from the University of North Dakota Department of Aerospace Center for Unmanned Aviation Systems (UAS). The podcast is titled "Small UAS and Law Enforcement."
In the podcast Assistant Professor Al Frazier predicts that police officers with UAS may soon be used similar to canine officers. It is likely that when a police officer or fire commander needs an overhead view of a call or needs to improve their situational awareness they will call for a "drone car". The officer or the firefighter will respond and launch a small UAS with an on-board camera to get an eye in the sky to look for the lost child, find the suspect who fled on foot, or fly over the hazardous materials spill or large wild land fire.
There may be other municipal uses for UAS including in assisting in special event planning and in damage assessments after a severe storm. The technology is here and with UAS incidents regularly making headlines and with the FAA and others sorting out how they are regulated we may indeed have the horse in front of the cart for a while. There are also privacy concerns being raised as this new technology is being rolled out.
|It appears that UAS may be a |
public safety tool in the near future.
It is critical that cities obtain the Certificate before beginning UAS operations. It is expected that the FAA will release more rules and regulations by the end of the year. We will be following this as it develops.
Remember: Responder Safety = Public Safety
In the meantime, stay safe and be careful,