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Surveillance Drone Fleets Deployed After Shots Fired

| February 15, 2018

Drone Fleet

Earlier this week, the mayor of Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, proposed a drone fleet that would automatically survey areas after guns are fired.

The city would detect firearm discharges using its existing ShotSpotter system, and immediately send the drone fleet to the area, potentially before emergency responders are even called.  If the city receives the fleet, then Louisville could be the first of over 300 cities that have applied to a federal program that provides funding for local governments that are trying to start their own drone programs.

Cities had to apply for the FAA and DOT’s US Unmanned Aerial System Integration Pilot Program by the end of last November, but of the hundreds of applicants, only five will be chosen. So far, only Louisville is proposing this particular use for a drone fleet, according to Gizmodo.

The mayors office believe the drone fleet buzzing in to photograph or video record a location and leaving thereafter would be less of a privacy violation than blanketing the city in security cameras — and be cheaper, too.

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