New Public-Safety Drone Alliance Forms
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 | Comments

A new alliance has formed to promote public safety’s use of drones. The DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Alliance non-profit will advocate for and support the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as drones, for public-safety missions and announced its inaugural 40-person board of advisors.

“We are extremely fortunate to have such high caliber leaders willing to pitch in and support the DRONERESPONDERS mission,” said Charles Werner, director of the program. “This board of advisors will provide their specific expertise to help ensure that we are focusing on the proper goals and objectives to facilitate the use of UAS by public safety agencies.”

All the advisory board members will serve an initial term that began July 1 and will end Dec. 31, 2020. The advisors will then either be retained or replaced for a new one or two-year terms starting Jan. 1, 2021, and resulting in half of the DRONERESPONDERS advisory board positions re-opening on an annual basis.

“The adoption of UAS in the public-safety sector is evolving extremely rapidly,” said Werner. “It’s vital for DRONERESPONDERS to keep pace by continually absorbing and promoting new concepts and fresh ideas from those serving as our advisors.”

Werner said individuals can contribute to the mission by spearheading various committees, working groups and task forces. The group is establishing partnerships across academia, industry, government agencies and nongovernmental organizations.

The full list of advisory board members is here.

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On 7/18/19, Leon van der Linde said:
What baffles brains is they want to ban drones but anybody can do exactly what a drone does with a radio control aircraft. What military drones are but they don't ban radio control aircraft.
Radio control aircraft can be very silent and can also be very unobtrusive. They can also carry cameras, and as the military showed us, carry missiles.
Makes you wonder what goes through the minds of some people.

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