Drone Incursions at Major Events Are on the Rise. How Technology is Working to Prevent Them

The 2023-24 football season that came to a close last week once again shone a spotlight on the rising security threats present at large-scale events. The sport, one of the largest in the world, is best enjoyed live, but the nature of live events means they can be interrupted for any number of reasons. Despite massive resources in place, even the Super Bowl itself isn’t immune to unexpected interruptions, such as a power outage that notably stopped 2013’s game for just over half an hour.

Drones Help Search And Rescue Teams Find Victims Faster, New Study Shows

Search and rescue teams found simulated victims faster when they used drones for help, a new study released today finds. The study concludes that drones offer enormous potential to help search and rescue (SAR) efforts, and rescue squads need to develop new standards, tactics and protocols to take full advantage of drones’ aerial perspective. These key findings were part of the Drone Efficacy Study, a report issued today by DJI, the European Emergency Number Association (EENA) and Black Channel.

FLIR Introduces Duo Pro R Thermal Visible Commercial Drone Camera

FLIR has unveiled its most advanced commercial drone camera and aerial mapping system, the dual sensor FLIR Duo Pro R. Featuring both a thermal sensor with radiometry and a visible camera, the FLIR Duo Pro R gives professional drone operators the range and image detail needed to capture actionable thermal and visible imagery in a single drone flight.

Spring Hill TN Police Employ Drones For Public Safety

The drone will aid the department in a wide range of uses, such as providing an aerial view of HAZMAT incidents and major traffic crash scenes, which helps with investigation and incident reconstruction; having a bird’s eye view during search and rescue missions, or when searching for missing children; tracking an aggressor during any critical incident, such as one involving the police department’s Special Response Team or during a hostage situation; tracking a suspect on the run; traffic monitoring, such as photographing or videoing an intersection where accidents frequently occur, examining storm water drainage issues, school traffic dynamics, roadway construction projects, traffic flow patterns, or any issues that may impact roadway safety.

DeTect Installs DroneWatcher Drone Detection And Defense System At Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport

DeTect announced installation of its DroneWatcher™ drone detection and defense system at the Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) in Panama City, Florida. Drone incursions into controlled airspace around airports has emerged as a major security and flight safety risk over the past few years and DeTect’s DroneWatcher system provides the highest level of detection and control available.

Hamilton County, TN, Sheriff’s Office To Begin Using Drones For Law Enforcement

The Hamilton County, Tenn., Sheriff’s Office will begin using drones to gather evidence for court cases, detect bombs and find missing persons. However, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond assures the public the equipment will not invade people’s right to privacy. Hammond spoke Monday at a news conference to announce plans to use the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). The Sheriff’s Office is among more than 80 law enforcement agencies, colleges and other government agencies across the country that have been granted or applied for permits to fly the aircraft, according to a Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office news release. Hammond said Hamilton County’s Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security also has the equipment.

enrGies and PlateSmart Develop First LPR-Capable Drones

PlateSmart Technologies, the industry leader in License Plate Recognition (LPR) solutions and video data analytics, has entered into a teaming agreement with defense systems integrator enrGies of Huntsville, Alabama. The two companies have successfully tested and are working to perfect the first LPR and video analytics technology for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to assist security agencies and military personnel in combatting crime and terrorism.

LAPD’s Growing Use of Surveillance State Technology

With the recent protest in Ferguson, MO over the shooting of Michael Brown and the heavy handed response of the Ferguson police department, bringing out mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles (MRAP), tear gas, snipers, and camouflaged dressed cops, much focus has been put on the militarization of the police force. Los Angeles is no stranger to a militarized police force. The LAPD created the first SWAT team in the nation in 1967. You could say L.A. started the trend in police force militarization.

US Army Developing ‘Pocket-Sized’ Video Surveillance Drone

Miniature surveillance helicopters help protect frontline troops. The US Army has developed a "pocket-sized aerial surveillance device" for combat troops operating in "challenging ground environments." Researchers at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Massachusetts are working on the "The Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance program," or CP-ISR, to develop a mobile […]

Drone Flies Too Close To NYPD Chopper; Operators Arrested

Two New York men face felony charges after authorities said they flew a drone within 800 feet of a New York Police Department helicopter. The helicopter pilot spotted the small, unmanned aircraft near the George Washington Bridge early Monday, police said. The drone suddenly ascended from 200 feet to 2,000 feet and continued to circle […]

1.8 Gigapixel ARGUS Is World’s Highest Resolution Video Surveillance Platform By DARPA

Video: duration is 4 mins 40 secs. Author: Weed Worxs Welcome to the new world where everything you do will be on surveillance. As the public worries about invasion of privacy issues from small remote controlled aircraft, here’s a real drone —you’ll never see— with a much better view of everything you do. This is […]

Dutch Authorities Now Allowed To Film Citizens Using Drones

The Dutch parliament has approved legislation that will allow drones to be used for video surveillance of the country’s citizens. Almost all political parties voted in favor of an amendment to the snappily named municipal act relating to the extension of the authority of the mayor to deploy camera surveillance, which had been proposed by […]

First Ever UK Prosecution For Dangerous Driving A Drone: Man Fined £800 For Illegal Flying Of Unmanned Aircraft

Robert Knowles, 46, was found to have flown his homemade aircraft into restricted airspace over a nuclear submarine facility. Both offenses breached the UK’s Air Navigation Order. He also flew his drone, which was equipped with a video camera, too close to a vehicle bridge in an illegal maneuvers. The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) […]

China’s Big Drone Push

The state-run China Daily   says this is a big deal , declaring that China has “again narrowed the air-power disparity between itself and Western nations.” Others are skeptical. Chinese military bloggers note that, based on the photos, the  huge engine compromises its stealth , possibly because the Chinese Air Force has  struggled to develop its own engines . Some suspect that the Lijian is a reverse-engineered version of Russia’s Mikoyan Skat drone, equipped with a  Russian-made turbofan engine . Gerry Doyle at Sinosphere concludes that “the stealth features that would make a drone like this a potential balance-shifter  remain unproven in this design .” More From Quartz But though it might not be a game-changer, the Lijian is another landmark in China’s development of drone technology—part of a larger military buildup that the Pentagon worries could prove “ potentially destabilizing ” in the Pacific, as The New York Times reported last year. How might the Lijian “destabilize” things in the Pacific? Du Wenlong, a military expert, told Chinese reporters that the  Lijian’s combat radius is sufficient  to patrol the disputed waters around the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands, which both China and Japan claim. It can also provide high-resolution video of activity in the disputed territory, a former People’s Liberation Army major general told T he South China Morning Post . Used for video surveillance, the Lijian would  escalate tension  over the islands, as Rory Medcalf, a security expert at Sydney’s Lowey Institute, says. “So, the Chinese have kind of put Japan […]

Steve Duin: Portland Police Re-Dedicate Themselves To Video Surveillance

They were walking, Bill Merritt and Peggy McClure, in the damp shadow of the communication tower atop Council Crest when they bumped into a crew laboring over a manhole and the underground fiber-optic cable that rolls down the hillside. What’s going on? they asked.  “A dedicated line,” one of the ditch-diggers said, “running from the tower down to the Portland police station.” “Great,” McClure said.  “So, that means we’ll have quicker response time on 9-1-1 calls?” Not at all, she was told. This line was dedicated to something else altogether.  “Police surveillance.  It will pick up signals from police-operated aircraft.  Which are sorta like manned drones.” Merritt and McClure have been together for 20 years and married for the last seven, most of which they spent abroad while McClure was managing Peace Corps operations in Botswana and Morocco. For all they knew, this broadband operation had already been vetted in council sessions, neighborhood meetings and newspaper columns.  “We’ve been out of the loop,” Merritt conceded. “But what are we surveilling?” Whatever strikes the fancy of Portland police, it turns out.  And once those fiber-optic connections are completed at the Portland Building, the bureau will be able to stream the video to anyone who wants it. “We do not have drones.  We are not getting drones.  Period,” Sgt. Pete Simpson insisted Thursday.  The bureau’s Cessnas, on the other hand, have been around for years:  “We use them for tactical situations.  Block searches.  Missing persons.  If we’re doing a gang cool-down […]

Surveillance System For (Real) Bugs In Florida Keys

The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is considering using a drone to spot shallow-water pools where mosquitoes breed along the Keys. The 2.2-pound, 2.5-foot-long drone would use infrared cameras to locate the shallow pools and allow the district rapidly to treat those areas with larvicide. The Florida Keys Mosquito Control District is considering using a […]