27 June 2018
Homeland Preparedness News reports that the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is looking to equip UAVs “with different sensors other than cameras that may be useful in search-and-rescue, surveillance, active shooter response, hostage situations, and other scenarios.” The directorate has “launched a program” to acquire commercially available sensors, which will be “demonstrated at Camp Shelby” as part of “S&T’s Robotic Aircraft Sensor Program (RASP).” The goal of the program is to “enhance DHS awareness of industry’s latest drone sensor combinations and capabilities.” RASP Project Manager Tim Bennett explained that the program will “identify new technology that will improve component operations,” as well as “educate suppliers on the needs of CBP (Customs and Border Protection), ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement), and USCG (U.S. Coast Guard) so they can incorporate them into their products.’”(Image: An engineer flies a DJI Phantom 3 drone. Credit: Associated Press–©)
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