Grand Forks, North Dakota Sheriff’s Department Gets UAV Donation

The sheriff’s department of Grand Forks County, North Dakota has received a donation of two Dragonfly UAVs.  The department has been leasing them from the Dragonfly company, but they donated the $34,000 UAV that is effective on June 1, 2015.

The Department plans to use it for search and rescue, train derailments, and monitor chemical spills.

This is a example of a UAV with standard camera deployed nearby areas that can give a general view, it is not setup for any top-down Ortho scanning as I have talked about deploying in other posts.  That need of more accurate disaster evaluation could be worked with in coordination with law enforcement agencies to deploy other UAVs in parallel with models like this.

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About Chuck Schoeneberger

Former forecaster at Meridian Environmental Technologies Inc (now a Interis Company), with a background in GIS and LiDAR, with other stints at GeoSpatial Services of Winona, MN and Aerometric (Now Quantum Spatial) of Sheboygan, WI. He is a weather technologist for public storm safety from a local to international level. LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=25048141&trk=tab_pro His views are his own and not of his employer.
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