NextGov: Drones Stepping Up To Public Safety Roles

By: John Breeden II
November 17, 2017


Drones have joined in searches for missing hikers lost in the wilderness and have had some success. But last week, they achieved perhaps their most dramatic save yet, locating a confused elderly woman who had wandered away from her home in North Carolina. A drone located the woman after just 25 minutes of searching, something that might have alternatively taken hundreds of ground-based volunteers.

In a NextGov column last year, I predicted that drones would step up to a new public safety role, with both officers and public volunteers piloting the craft. With more rescues like this one saving lives, that future looks to be close at hand.

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