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FEMA is about to send a ‘Presidential Alert’ to millions of U.S. phones

FEMA is about to send a ‘Presidential Alert’ to millions of U.S. phones In a few hours, millions of Americans will get a test emergency “Presidential Alert” message sent to their phone — a simulation in case the president ever needs to reach to entire country in a national emergency. At 2:18pm […]

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Purdue’s PHADE technology lets cameras ‘talk’ to you

Purdue’s PHADE technology lets cameras ‘talk’ to you It’s become almost second nature to accept that cameras everywhere — from streets, to museums and shops — are watching you, but now they may be able to communicate with you, as well. New technology from Purdue University computer science researchers has made this […]

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FAA: Hurricane Response to be Known as ‘Landmark’ in Drone Evolution

FAA: Hurricane Response to be Known as ‘Landmark’ in Drone Evolution As it did for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts in the Houston area, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given out a number of authorizations to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) following Hurricane Irma in Florida. According to the agency, drones have […]

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Champaign, Ill., Fire Department Gets Drones, Begins Training

Champaign, Ill., Fire Department Gets Drones, Begins Training The Champaign Fire Department in Illinois is launching a new unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) program in an effort to “provide the best performance and service” to the community. The department has announced it is sending eight firefighters to Parkland College, also located in Champaign, […]

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New Jersey Partners Deploy UAVs to Help Restore Communication in Houston

New Jersey Partners Deploy UAVs to Help Restore Communication in Houston The New Jersey Innovation Institute’s (NJII) Defense and Homeland Security Innovation Lab has been working with New Jersey-based Maser Consulting PA to conduct unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-based inspections of cell towers in Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. NJII explains […]

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Oregon Legislators to Feds: More UAS Need to be Fighting Wildfires

Oregon Legislators to Feds: More UAS Need to be Fighting Wildfires U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden and U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio are asking federal officials what’s being done to deploy more unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to fight wildfires raging throughout Oregon and the west. As ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, […]

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Drone Search and Rescue Mission a Success in Indiana

Drone Search and Rescue Mission a Success in Indiana On early Thursday morning, the Bargersville Community Fire Department in Indiana used its unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to successfully locate a missing woman who had wandered from her home. According to a Facebook post from the department, the firefighters were called in to […]

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UAV-Mounted Laser Helps Detect Gas Leaks in Hurricane Area

UAV-Mounted Laser Helps Detect Gas Leaks in Hurricane Area In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Heath Consultants Inc. and Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) recently demonstrated the usefulness of drone-mounted, laser-based leak detection for emergency response. The remote methane leak detector unmanned aerial vehicle (RMLD-UAV) was deployed to inspect underground gas lines around […]

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Blood Samples Not Affected by Three-Hour Drone Flight in Arizona Desert

Blood Samples Not Affected by Three-Hour Drone Flight in Arizona Desert Having transported human blood samples across 161 miles of Arizona desert, Johns Hopkins researchers are claiming a new delivery distance record for medical drones. Throughout the three-hour flight, the onboard payload system maintained temperature control, ensuring the samples were viable for […]

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Remote GeoSystems Doles out Free Drone Software for Hurricane Relief

Remote GeoSystems Doles out Free Drone Software for Hurricane Relief To assist with Hurricane Harvey and Irma emergency response and damage assessments, Colorado-based Remote GeoSystems Inc. has announced the free availability of its LineVision software licenses to official agency, volunteer and nonprofit drone operators. Remote GeoSystems was contacted by the Texas A&M […]

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