Surveillance, Security, Safety, Search and Rescue…

  • EM Quantum Technology
…Sounds like a something that everyone would want for their families. But add the word ‘drone’ and you get a distinct look of concern from many individuals. Do drones benefit our lives or invade them? It presents quite a paradox as we move into a less secure world. In 2013, 81 police departments and schools (mainly universities) requested FAA approval for a license to operate drones on behalf of public safety. That number has increased over 300% and people are asking what exactly these drones are being used for. You hear a buzz in the air - you don’t know where it’s coming from and you can’t pin point it, yet the sound is unquestionable. You know it’s some kind of electric flying machine, maybe it’s a kid playing with an airplane. Just then, you get a glimpse of it. There in the sky, hovering in your back yard, is a drone and you think to yourself: is it watching and spying on me? What’s going on when I’m not here? Well, don’t panic yet - legislation and government regulation are on the move. Drone use in the United States is creating serious privacy and civil liberties concerns. Drones have many uses, mostly neutral or positive in purpose. They’re also capable of highly advanced and, in some cases, almost constant surveillance, and can amass large amounts of data. Even the smallest drones can carry a host of surveillance equipment, from video cameras and thermal imaging to GPS tracking and cellphone-eavesdropping tools. Furthermore, they can be equipped with advanced forms of radar detection, license plate cameras, and facial recognition. According to a recent PBS report, surveillance tools are improving rapidly. It showed how the military has developed gigapixel technology capable of “tracking people and vehicles across an entire city.” Lawmakers will have to find the balance between safety and security, and privacy and freedom. EMQ is gaining ground with their latest developments and are working to secure patents on recognition software that will be used for drone surveillance. Our development partnership is forging ahead, and we believe that software applications for drones are growing rapidly and will continue to do so