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Surf Life Saving Australia Using Drones For Remote Beach Patrol

Posted: September 17th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, Float Your Boat, Fly Your Kite | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Surf Life Saving Australia Using Drones For Remote Beach Patrol

Grilled Auto News - Surf Lifesaving Australia - Drones Patrol Remote BeachesBrett Williamson head of Surf Life Saving Australia says unmanned aerial drones will patrol some Queensland beaches this summer, he says the drones will be used on North Stradbroke Island in a trial of the technology.

Mr Williamson told ABC’s Radio National that the drones use cameras to search for swimmers in distress, the drones will be fitted with flotation buoys that can be dropped into the ocean.

“Drones have also been fitted with a siren so if nothing else the UAVs flying along the coast and either sees somebody in trouble or a group potentially in trouble or if there’s marine life, dangerous marine life such as sharks or whatever in the area, the siren can be sounded,” Mr Williamsonsaid.

Mr Williamson says he would like to see the trial expanded nationally to provide surveillance of remote beaches, he doesn’t believe the surveillance drones will intrude on people’s privacy.

“At the end of the day this is about public safety,” Mr Williamson said. “It’s not about intruding on anybody’s privacy and, fortunately, with our experience of having the fixed cameras network we haven’t had one problem or one complaint or one operator that hasn’t operated in strict accordance with those protocols that we have in place.” :: Read the full Radio National article  »»»»


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