Drones eyed locally for emergencies, law enforcement

Drones displayed at UAS forum

An unmanned aviation system (UAS), or drone, was part of a display at the April 22 UAS forum sponsored by Cape May County and the Delaware River and Bay Authority. The topic for April was using UAS for emergency management.

LOWER TOWNSHIP – Cape May County Office of Emergency Management and the Prosecutor’s Office have considered adding unmanned aviation systems (UAS) to their tool kit, officials said at the county’s UAS forum, April 22.

Cape May County and the Delaware River and Bay Authority hosted the latest in a series of UAS innovation forums, this one titled, “UAS in Emergency Management.” The county invited OEM personnel and UAS innovators to attend the event, which resulted in about 140 people registering, including the director of the Cape May County Office of Emergency Management, Martin Pagliughi, and Cape May County Prosecutor Robert Taylor.

“I’m here to learn, to listen to the tech people, and to listen to the OEM people,” he said.

Pagliughi said the county OEM has been looking at the different capabilities of UAS and how they have been adapted to fit OEM needs. He said he was interested in looking at what is currently available in the industry, and the potential for using UAS for search and rescue operations, for thermal imaging, and storm damage assessment, such as surveying beach erosion after a storm.

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