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Applicants in 37 different states are trying to be one of six test sites in the Federal Aviation Administration's pilot program for domestic drone use. As part of a plan to begin authorizing drones for commercial use, the FAA needs a few states to serve as laboratories to test things out before opening up the whole country to drones. The prize for states selected? Jobs, federal money, a chance to influence drone rules for the entire nation, and a head start on the domestic drone industry. Here are six bids I think should make it, and one that really shouldn't.
How do drones benefit surveying an area of known trusted citizens? If it sees couple men taking a sofa and TV out of a house, is this observation from a far seeing a crime in action or just some furniture being moved?
I do see the benefit on our USA boarders, watching who is going over a fence, but for the rest of the country how are these stalking drones helpful. I am just curious?
@Anylcon In regards to crime, after a crime has been reported by a human observer or an alarm system, the drones could be deployed to set up an aerial surveillance perimeter with infrared cameras and motion tracking to help ensure the perpetrator doesn't escape.
Seems like expensive technology we will not use as much to justify the gigantic cost, simuliar to all the camera on the streets and highways we have now.
I wonder if the cost to the USA citizen to have himself stalked will be simuliar to the cost the new NSA facility in Utah, "...The planned structure is 1 million or 1.5 million square feet and it is projected to cost from $1.5 billion to $2 billion when finished in September 2013. One report suggested that it will cost another $2 billion for hardware, software, and maintenance. The completed facility is expected to have a power demand of 65 megawatts, costing about $40 million per year. It is located on Camp Williams, near Bluffdale, Utah..."
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