Court expected to approve drone port emergency operations agreement


Smith County Commissioners Court in Tyler, Texas will approve an agreement with Tyler Company and Phirst Technologies to allow a drone and a port to be located at the emergency operations centre.

Kept in a secure location, the device will be used for early testing of the drone and port for first-responder use.

Set to take between six and ten months, officials working on the programme have confirmed the testing will be done within FAA part 107 rules for drones.

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All information and data generated during the testing period will be property of Phirst Technologies which will be used to make improvements on the scheme through education.

The drone used, provided for First iZ, will be used to help first-responders get eyes on the scene as quickly as possible and can be deployed to an emergency aboard a ship before it has moored in the dock.

The First iZ drone can travel at over 60mph and has a flight time of around 50 minutes. It also features a 4k optical camera, a thermal camera, weather status and volatile gas sniffer.

This will be the second of two testing locations after the first, located at the City of Tyler Fire Station, became operational November 6, 2018.

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