Posts in Public Safety Drone News
DJI drones helped firefighters put out Notre Dame inferno

4/16/2019 - DroneDJ
Last night, a massive fire destroyed the roof and spire of the Norte Dame in Paris. DJI drones helped firefighters put out the inferno. French firefighters used the drones, likely a DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual and an M210 borrowed from the culture and interior ministries, to aid them in tackling the blaze.

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'STEPPING STONES' FOR DRONES APPROACHING ADVANCED OPERATIONS WITH CAUTION

3/29/2019 - AOPA
On March 21, Skyfire Consulting, a drone services and training company created by Matt Sloane and certificated flight instructor Ben Kroll, announced FAA approval of the first authorization to fly drones for emergency response beyond the pilot’s line of sight. That was a significant step forward for a police “drone as first responder” program that is among 10 collaborations around the country involving local and tribal governments and drone industry leaders chosen by the FAA and Department of Transportation to demonstrate advanced missions and applications for drones.

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Consumer drones: ensuring secure communication protocol between drone and pilot

3/31/2019 - SpaceDaily
UAVs come with their own unique security vulnerabilities. As more people use drones, the risk of hijacks and thefts is rising, especially where video and photographic content is concerned. But few owners appear to know how to secure their vehicles against these attacks.

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DJI introduces new DJI Terra that captures and analyses drone data

3/28/2019 - Commercial Drone Professional
DJI has introduced DJI Terra, a new software tool that transforms drone data into digital 3D models and maps for easy analysis and decision making.

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Starting A Law Enforcement Drone Program: Choosing the Right Drone

Choosing the right equipment for your police drone program can be confusing. That's why we've put together this helpful guide to finding the right law enforcement drone equipment.

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Starting A Law Enforcement Drone Program: The FAA Process

Learn about the FAA COA process, FAA 107 rules, FAACOA, and FAA drone enforcement in this informative blog about police department drone certification with the FAA.

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DJI drones will not be affected by GPS 2019 Week Rollover

3/20/2019 - DroneDJ
On April 6th, an event will take place called the GPS 2019 Week Rollover and DJI just released a statement saying that their drones have been “thoroughly tested” and that the Chinese drone maker can confirm that their platforms “will not be affected by the rollover.”

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Tiny claws let drones perch like birds and bats

3/13/2019 - NBC4
Drones are useful in countless ways, but that usefulness is often limited by the time they can stay in the air. Shouldn’t drones be able to take a load off too? With these special claws attached, they can perch or hang with ease, conserving battery power and vastly extending their flight time.

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LAFD Has Flown Drones During 175 Incident-Related Missions Since 2017

3/19/2019 - NBC4
Since becoming one of the first major metropolitan fire departments to have a significant drone program and conducting its first aerial mission during the 2017 Skirball fire, the Los Angeles Fire Department has used the devices in at least 175 incident-related missions, according to a report presented Tuesday to the Board of Fire Commissioners.

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Getting Your Props: Taking Care of Your Drone Propellers

Propellers are often the most overlooked part of the drone, yet without properly functioning props, your UAS could drop out of the sky, fly away, or worse.

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Skyfire Obtains First COA With Beyond Visual Line of Sight Provision for Public Safety as Part of FAA IPP

3/21/2019 - PRNewswire
Skyfire Consulting, the country's premier public safety UAV consultancy, announced today FAA approval for the first active emergency response Certificate of Authorization with a Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) provision for public safety as part of the FAA's IPP program.

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What Does It Mean for Public Safety Departments to Successfully Manage Drone Data?

3/12/2019 - Commercial UAV News
Greg Crutsinger, Derrick Ward and Randall Warnas walk through best practices and approaches during the UAS Drone Data session at the UAS DRONES Disaster Conference | Los Angeles.

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Drones at Prisons: The Results of This 9-Month Study Show Exactly Why we Need Counter Drone Tech

3/15/2019 - Dronelife.com
Counter drone technology firm Dedrone recently completed a nine month study on the subject of drones over correctional facilities.  The results are frightening – and demonstrate exactly why the industry needs counter drone technology to be implemented over prisons and other sensitive facilities.

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US police embrace AI, cloud computing to boost public safety efforts

3/16/2019 - Fox Business

Police departments around the United States are turning to artificial intelligence, cloud computing and other technological revolutions to streamline everything from aging data entry systems to treatment of workplace stress.

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Phantom 4 Pro out of production according to DJI’s website

3/13/2019 - DroneDJ.com
The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 has been out of stock since early November 2018. And, now, the regular Phantom 4 Pro is officially out of production, according to the official DJI website.

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California Police Department Earns Drone Waiver for BVLOS Flights

3/18/2019 - Robotics Business Review
The first-ever authorization for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations for a public safety organization has been granted to the Chula Vista, Calif., Police Department. The police department has been working closely with the FAA, Cape, and Skyfire Consulting to finalize the COA, “which will open the doors for future drone integration across industries.”

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Drone Market Tops $629M

4/12/2019 - Thomasnet.com
Growing demand and lighter government regulations in the industrial world has led to 50% annual growth in the drone services market.

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