One of the world’s first pieces of collision-tolerant drone technology has been recruited to aid special law enforcement within areas that pose spatial challenges.
French elite law enforcement team RAID has adopted Elios, a caged UAV designed for indoor flight, in order to strengthen its policing efforts.
Elios, which was developed by Swiss start-up Flyability, performs indoor reconnaissance and intelligence complex and enclosed spaces.
The law enforcement unit adopted Elios technology to better manage hostage situations, isolated shooter incidents, or terrorist attacks inside buildings.
Police forces will deploy the Elios as a remotely-operated camera providing high-definition and thermal imagining for performing reconnaissance and intelligence.
Swiss company Flyability developed the Elios, which is used in the field by several special law enforcement units in Europe and the Middle East as well as the RAID, to view spaces with limited access.
Patrick Thévoz, CEO of Flyability, said: “The adoption of our product by the RAID materialises the mission of Flyability to send robots instead of humans in hazardous places and dangerous situations.
“We believe in the use of technology to reduce the exposure of humans to risks and in particular for homeland security professionals, firefighters, and first responders operating in confined spaces. This mission is our priority, and we look forward to continuing to develop the technologies of the future for this purpose.”