Surveillance

Silicon Valley’s new fixed wing UAV designed for LIDAR completes test flights

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A company based in California’s Silicon Valley has developed a new fixed wing UAV that is designed to be used on patrol and observation missions for aerial photography. UAVOS Inc, whose European headquarters are in Switzerland, has successfully completed test flights for its new Sitaria UAV. Among other tasks, the unmanned aircraft is purposely designed to work with the LIDAR airborne laser scanning equipment as its payload. The Sitaria drone has a wide range of speeds (stall speed 65 km/h, maximum speed 150 km/h), which allows the aircraft to carry out missions at minimum flight speeds close to 70 km/h.
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Surveillance drones used to spot tax cheats

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Tax authorities in Greece have used drones to catch people avoiding tax for the first time. The Santorini authorities say they have started to use drones to spot violations in which tourists would get boat tours of the island’s volcanic crater without receiving a receipt. Greece’s Independent Authority for Public Revenue said that last week, a one-day operation looked at nine tour boats, finding a number of violations. According to the Associated Press, a follow-up found violations for the activity over one day totalled over £20,000. The news agency followed up the findings with a request for more information, but
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Drone use in anti-terror strategy at public events to become ‘widespread’

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Drone use at large public gatherings is expected to become widespread in order to prevent acts of terror. The prediction follows news that Victoria Police in Australia will begin to use drones as part of its anti-terror strategy. The strategy aims to identify irregular behaviour in large crowds, report findings to officers who then investigate the potential threat. Speaking to ABC, assistant commissioner Ross Guenther, said it was not about having a surveillance state, but about keeping people safe. He said: “You drop a backpack down but then just return to the gate and leave the property, that would be
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