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Testing Elios for use in Police Firearms Teams

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L1001433-14We always love a great testing opportunity and this was a really good one – using drones to increase situational awareness in Firearms operations.  Its great to see police forces innovating in this way to enhance the safety and effectiveness of their operations.  The Elios was used as it is collision tolerant, you can literally bump it off the walls.  Like every new technology it has advantages and disadvantages – if someone has shut an internal door you can’t fly the drone though it!  The Elios is equipped with the thermal and visible light camera and it also has its one lighting system.

It remains to be seen what the level of adoption of this type of drone is in the police but it was great to be their testing it first!  This has provided us with real practical insight into the required operating procedures and systems to use this type of drone in this very specialised application.

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Creating Rangoli – The Bowes Museum

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Earlier in June, Bowes Museum ran a successful Kickstarter campaign  to create an Indian Rangoli in their entrance for the opening of ‘Celebrating Ganesha’.

Indian artist, Mrs Raj Rani and her son, Rahul, were joined by backers, volunteers, children and staff to create this amazing piece of Indian art, using lentils, rice, pasta and peas. We were delighted to be asked to put a short piece of film together to record this extraordinary event, we even got to join in a bit at the end!

Celebrating Ganesha, creating a Rangoli from Droneflight on Vimeo.

West Yorkshire Police Public Order Training day

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We were thrilled to be asked  to join in the West Yorkshire Public Order Training day at their centre near Wakefield.  It’s quite a place!  The facilities there include firearms ranges,  driver manoeuvring area (we even managed a go in the police Landrovers) and indoor and outdoor public order area.  During a mock public order training exercise, we were able to demonstrate the Aerialtronics Zenith and its use of high res camera with a 10x zoom which allowed us to keep a safe distance from the fray while still getting really good footage of who was doing what on the ground!  Coupled with the 1080p hi def feed and the ability to watch the feed up to 1 km away, the Zenith could make a useful addition to policing large scale public events, from both an evidence gathering point of view and crowd behaviour modification tool.

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