As public safety agencies continue to adopt unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and related technology for life safety missions, new research from DRONERESPONDERS – a 501(c)3 non-profit program supporting public safety UAS — provides a better understanding about how these new programs are developing, as well as a glimpse at many of the challenges facing first responders who are increasingly operating drones.

Among the key findings discovered in their 2019 Mid-Year Public Safety UAS Report:

  • 3 out of 4 public safety agencies claim they are already either operating drones or working on implementing
  • More than 80% of public safety UAS operators either have obtained, or are pursuing, their FAA Part 107 certification.
  • 82% of public safety agencies with UAS program are operating multi-rotor systems, while only 11% are using fixed or delta-wing drones.
  • Over 35% of public safety UAS programs are using the FAA’s LAANC system for airspace requests.

The data included survey responses from 288 public safety professionals, combined with expert insight from DRONERESPONDERS analysts who work with a variety of stakeholders within the public safety UAS sector on a regular basis.  Their findings paint a telling picture regarding the current state of public safety drone operations in the U.S.

“The data represents a clear snapshot illustrating how public safety agencies are adopting drones,” says Gregory Crustinger, Ph.D., a DRONERESPONDERS Analyst and Principal at Scholar Farms in Berkeley, California.  “Our survey sample size provided statistically valid insights that served to benchmark the current state of the sector.”

While conducting the research, DRONERESPONDERS was able to identify many of the key challenges still facing public safety UAS operations.  Among them were a lack of standardized training and procedures for public safety remote pilots, a need to continue to adopt professional aviation decision making and risk management standards, improved understanding of operations within the National Airspace System, and greater proficiency at managing UAS data and producing actionable intelligence for incident commanders.

“Effective data management remains a bottleneck for the majority of public safety UAS programs,” says Crustinger.  “Everyone is focused on flying the drone, but they need to understand how to capture accurate data and then convert that imagery into useful tools for on-scene decision making and post-event analysis.”

DRONERESPONDERS says the 2019 Mid-Year Public Safety UAS Report represents the first in a continuing series of research reports they plan to conduct surrounding the rapidly evolving unmanned aviation and related technology in the rapidly evolving public safety sector.

“We’ll be working with our advisory team and our partners to help define the scope the future research initiatives,” says Charles Werner, Director, DRONERESPONDERS.  “We will also add additional analysts who have the interest and experience in helping us undertake this important mission for public safety.”

To receive a copy of the report click here.

Source: Press Release

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