More Emergency Responders In Indiana Relying On Drones

Jun 25, 2018
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An increasing number of Indiana police and fire departments are using drone technology to help navigate emergency situations. It’s part of a growing national trend.

According to the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College, the number of public safety agencies with drones has increased more than 80 percent in the past year.

Their success has other industries looking to drones for solutions.

Drones Cheaper, Faster Than Planes In Emergencies

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A new West Lafayette law could extensively regulate private and commercial drone-flying in the city limits.

The West Lafayette city council is set to hear an ordinance this evening that places new flight rules on drones, such as keeping the aircraft within the pilot’s line of sight at all times and prohibiting flying more than 50 feet in the air.

Purdue University

Purdue University plans to build on its defense and security interests by creating a hub that'll focus those interactions.

University administrators Thursday announced creation of the Institute for Global Security and Defense Innovation.

It’s designed to lure more investment from the likes of private companies such as Rolls-Royce – which builds engines for fighter planes -- to the federal government’s shadowy Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA.

City of Frankfort

The Clinton County Surveyor’s office is about to start using a drone for its work. It’s a 21st Century solution to the old problem of trying to map out-of-the-way places.

On today’s Ask The Mayor, we see if Frankfort’s Chris McBarnes has any similar plans to use new tech to keep a watchful eye on his city’s needs and trouble spots.

Also on this week’s show, spring signals rebirth – which is exactly what Frankfort’s money-losing city golf course needs. We ask if a lackluster spring means more of the same red ink on the city’s bottom line that it’s seen in the past.

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An Indiana tech expert is speaking out on the Federal Aviation Administration‘s new Pathfinder drone program.

Ball State University Director of Emerging Technologies Jonathan Blake Huer calls the program a "good step in the right direction." Huer says the explosion in the number of drones and all sorts of concerns surrounding them are causing the FAA to move quickly on new regulations.

“The FAA is trying to be a regulating body that works and clarify rules that still keep the public appropriately safe,” Huer says.