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Drones

Coverage of ways unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are changing how state and local government collects data on physical infrastructure, maps jurisdictions via GIS and monitors public safety from the sky. Also includes stories about efforts by private-sector companies and education institutions to improve how drones can better help government deliver services.

Several residents of Hamilton, Ohio, have complained about a drone harassing and spying on them over the last couple of years. Now the city council is preparing to take action with drone regulations.
A Texas startup has started selling drones and software designed to give police, fire and medical workers a better view of emergency scenes. The move comes amid a broader push to improve dispatch technology.
Four decommissioned drones will make the short trip from Grand Forks Air Force Base to Northrop Grumman's Grand Sky location, where they will be repurposed into a testing platform for new hypersonic technology.
San Diego's Shield AI, an artificial intelligence startup that powers small military surveillance drones, said Tuesday that it has raised $210 million in a late-stage round of venture capital funding.
Inspired by a pitch from a team at the University of Washington, the district wants to start an after-school club to teach students about drone operations and allow them to pursue an FFA drone license.
Hutchinson Regional Medical Center in Kansas will allow demonstration drone flights under the supervision of the Federal Aviation Administration. The goal is to prepare for the delivery of medical supplies via drones.
Qualcomm's Flight RB5 5G Platform brings 5G connectivity and AI technology to commercial drones for the first time. The company is known for helping NASA with its Ingenuity helicopter on Mars.
With nine miles of beach to survey, Oak Island, N.C., has decided to deploy a drone to monitor beach safety as well as keep people off of sand dunes. Mayor Ken Thomas thinks other beach towns can follow this approach.
Since 2017, the Vallejo Police Department has utilized drones for a variety of public safety missions. Now, the agency will expand its drone program, with an emphasis on public outreach and transparency.
Tonight, employees of Kalispell, Mont., will discuss with the city council how GIS and drones are already utilized in the city and how such technology could be expanded to even more local departments.