Partnership will advance public safety drone research

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) will explore the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for public safety missions as part of a cooperative research and development agreement with the Property Drone Consortium (PDC), Bothell, Wash. PDC represents a collaboration among insurance carriers, roofing industry leaders and supporting enterprises that are working to research and regulate the use of UAS technology within the insurance and construction industries.

S&T's First Responders Group and Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers will leverage their knowledge, capabilities and resources with those of PDC to advance an understanding of how UAS technology can best be used for public safety missions.

"We envision UAS to play a key role in public safety response in the future," says Stephen Hancock, special projects director for S&T's First Responders Group. "This research agreement between the Department of Homeland Security S&T partners and PDC not only will help enhance our understanding of the potential use of UAS, but it also will provide a framework for collaborative public and private response in post-catastrophe events."