Police across the United States are increasingly relying on emerging technologies to make their jobs more efficient and to increase public safety. Police are using drones, license plate readers, gunshot detection systems and even robots to reduce injury and harm. To no one’s surprise, law enforcement agencies have struggled with retention and hiring during the

This week, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio, Rick Scott, and Tom Cotton (as well as U.S. House of Representatives member Elise Stefanik, who introduced parallel legislation) introduced the Countering CCP Drones Act in an effort to add DJI, a Chinese technology company, to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) “Covered List.” The “Covered List” identifies telecommunication equipment

Last week, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued its millionth airspace authorization for drone pilots under its Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) program. In order to operate in controlled airspace, drone operators must obtain approval from the FAA under Part 107 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. Prior to the introduction of LAANC, these

Zipline, a drone operator and logistics company, plans to partner with Magellan Health’s pharmacy unit to deliver medical prescriptions to homes in Charlotte, North Carolina, this year, helping to jumpstart the era of “routine” drone delivery. This delivery system could provide on-demand delivery, lessen vehicle traffic (and emissions), and improve safety, while also helping the

The public safety sector continues to grow and the need for police use of drones to protect and serve their communities is growing along with it. In Fort Wayne, Indiana, the Police Department Air Support Unit (ASU), first formed in 2017, is responsible for overseeing emergency service team (EST) operations. The team consists of two

The U.S. Army tested drones and autonomous technology for the delivery of medical supplies on the battlefield last week in Fort Pickett, Virginia. In partnership with Near Earth Autonomy, a Pittsburgh-based drone research and development company, the Army conducted several test flights using Near Earth’s autonomous flight systems technology on an L3Harris FVR-90 hybrid unmanned

Last week, Undefined Technologies (UT) a startup drone company based in Miami, Florida, successfully completed a test flight, powered by ion propulsion, that demonstrated significant increases in lifting power and mission time. The flight only lasted 2 minutes and 30 seconds, but the UT team was able to test the aircraft’s performance, flight dynamics, endurance,

Skyports, a leading drone services provider, recently announced that it has partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Aeronautics Division to demonstrate how it can link communities in the Cape Cod region using its drone services. This partnership stems from MassDOT’s need to find a solution for connecting some of its remote communities to

The incorporation of drones in logistics, security, exploration, agriculture, and transport has led to a projected growth of the drone market to $129.2 billion by 2025. Of course, one hurdle to that growth, and the future integration of drones into our daily lives, is the need for effective monitoring of drone activities and operations to

Every year, technology is used in new and inventive ways, and drone holiday light shows seem to be making their way into some cities’ and towns’ holiday traditions.

In Grapevine, Texas, millions of lights, gigantic decorations, and animated holiday characters fill the town this holiday season. Grapevine has been officially trademarked as being the “Christmas