Civilian Drones for Public Safety
The Department of Homeland Security has a solicitation out on FedBizOpps.gov for “Robotic Aircraft for Public Safety”, or civilian drones. Robotic aircraft sounds so much better though. Like a toy plane out to thwart evil.
This will surely get the kooks all riled up again for no reason.
The solicitation request requires that all
drones robotic aircraft be equipped with Electro-Optical/Infra-Red sensors, as well as the technology to sniff out certain chemicals from thousands of feet from above.
Hopefully that means they can smell a pothead from a mile away and stop them before they kill themself or others, among many lesser crime-fighting tricks.
It is 2012 and 28 years late, but it is feeling more and more like the utopia envisioned by George Orwell every day.