Hoping to break up unruly citizens indulging in bouts of congregation, the Westport Connecticut Police Department has deputized Draganfly drones to help police the streets. The “Flatten The Curve Pilot Program” was devised to help reduce the spread of coronavirus, reports Officer.com.
“The ‘Flatten the Curve Pilot Program’ and associated technology may prove to be an innovative tool in helping the community practice safe social distancing, while identifying possible coronavirus and other life-threatening symptoms,” said the Westport Police Department in an official statement.
Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas noted that stopping the spread of the pandemic poses risks to first responders. The ability to send in the drones allows law enforcement to monitor potential gatherings without sending policemen into direct contact with the community. “Using drones remains a go-to technology for reaching remote areas with little to no manpower required. Because of this technology, our officers will have the information and quality data they need to make the best decision in any given situation,” he said.
“Draganfly is the first in the U.S. to implement this state-of-the-art technology to capture and analyze data in a way that has been peer reviewed and clinically researched to save lives,” stated Koskinas.
The drone software analyzes biometric readings and population patterns. Law enforcement can study the data and respond quickly to ongoing events and potential health threats. Areas the police are interested in scanning include beaches, train stations, parks and recreation areas, and shopping centers. The Draganfly drones will not be sent into private yards, and do not use facial recognition technology.