An amazing little personal drone in the form of a micro helicopter has been in use for a while now, strictly for military applications.
Italian Police have started a program to use multirotors for surveillance and law enforcement purposes in the city of Turin.
The drones – quadcopters in the available videos – are provided by the Italian/Swiss company Aerial View.
Click on the image below for the full story and the video on the Euronews website:
Here’s a statement from Omar Morando, Aerial View pilot:
“All the drones have a transmitter that sends in real time the video signal from the camera to a ground station, where there is a HD monitor that can visualise what the camera is recording. Besides you can see the same pictures with special glasses which have inside a micro-monitor. When you wear these glasses, you have the same sensation as you would watch a 42-inch monitor”
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Here’s a very interesting article on the topic of the surveillance of US border by drones. Were a not talking quadcopters, it’s about the “real” drones, which can stay up 20 hours and patrol large areas. From the article, it appears that the program yields results, however it is very expensive and shows some limitations.
Image source: wikipedia