Elistair has confirmed that Spanish Police used its tethered drone system during this year’s UEFA Champions League Final in Madrid.
It was coupled with UMILES Global solution U06 Plus drone for traffic monitoring, crowd control and global surveillance.
Police director, Francisco Pardo, said the 200,000 fans in the streets, 67,000 more in the stadium and an increased terror threat level called for what is “probably the largest deployment ever made to ensure public security.”
It included 4700 police officers, civil protection teams, firefighters and paramedics as well as the drone system.
Pardo went on to say how having aerial control of the surroundings and coordination in real time via a drone was a unique capability.
The Umiles Drone, tethered to Elistair’s Safe-T station, provided extended flight time.
Continuously supplied with power, the drone maintained its position at 50 meters height for 8 consecutive hours and watched over the stadium surroundings and 3000 spaces car park, it provided authorities with immediate images of the crowd and vehicles movements, considerably facilitating the decision-making process and coordination of security teams.
The National Police had instant access to the drone images through a fibre connection and directly communicated with UMILES pilots to monitor the camera and control the main highways and streets leading to the stadium, as well as the crowd movements and the entrances of the Wanda Metropolitano.
José Calcedo, commercial director at UMILES Group, said: “National Police needed eyes in the sky to control the Stadium surroundings during the 8 hours deployment. The tethering system was the key to achieve this mission and maintain our drone in the air for so long in the safest conditions, all the more since we had to fly day and night, with buildings very close, a lot of people walking around and helicopters flying in the same area.”
Adding: “It is the first time a drone company has been allowed to fly in such conditions. This would not have been made possible without the Safe-T tether.”