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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.

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded more than $2 million in contracts to two companies that will conduct unmanned aircraft systems research, some of which will take place at Grand Sky.
The Federal Aviation Administration has authorized beyond visual line of sight flights for unmanned aircraft systems across 35 miles of New York’s 50-mile drone corridor. The decision was announced yesterday.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has published a request for information in the Federal Register about the use of emerging technologies in both the public and private sectors.
Following in the footsteps of states like Florida and Nevada, North Carolina now allows "neighborhood occupantless vehicles" to deliver goods to homes. Legislators wanted to get ahead of a growing industry.
The Ohio college is offering courses to create more licensed drone operators, given the use of drones by so many industries from emergency services to real estate agents, videographers, agriculture and construction.
A new criminal complaint filed in McAllen, Texas, federal court this week indicates that Border Patrol agents have seen a recent increase in the use of drone technologies for human smuggling.
When an elderly man with dementia wandered from his home in Pennsylvania, it had the makings of a long day for the police and fire department crews, but officials say a drone was instrumental in finding him quickly.
A drone program has launched to give officers a vantage they don't have from the ground — whether it's getting eyes on a hostage situation, conducting a search and rescue operation, or tracking a fleeing suspect from the air.
A cooperative program between several schools at the university's campus hosted students from Troy and Hudson high schools last week to get hands-on lessons in technology used for homeland security.
Tucson-based company Raytheon Missiles & Defense continues to advance the United States’ ability to defend against attacks from unmanned aircraft — doing so with its own, counter-drone drones.