Keeping watch from the skies: Police unveil two new drones for crowd management, search and rescue

23/1/2022 1:14:00 PM

Keeping watch from the skies: Police unveil two new drones for crowd management, search and rescue

Assistant Superintendent Tan Koon Liang, the drone pilot involved in this incident, said:"The drone provided an aerial view and spotted the man loitering in a suspicious area.Deputy Superintendent of Police Sum Tuck Meng, officer in command of UAV operations, said at the event that police drones are used in four main types of operations. These are area observation, police presence, enforcement, and search and rescue.

It was most recently seen hovering over Marina Bay during New Year's Eve to monitor the crowds and deter troublemakers amid the festive buzz.Red and blue police blinkers will be used during public patrols to announce the presence of the authorities.

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https://str.Two children were found dead at a playground at Greenridge Crescent in Upper Bukit Timah on Friday evening (Jan.In the video clips and photos, people can be seen dancing, singing and playing the drums.The police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of a 73-year-old man named Rahmat Bin Abdullah.

sg/wAnX SINGAPORE - You can run but you cannot hide - not when there are eyes in the sky. In March last year, a man fled to a forested area to evade a police check along Jalan Bahar in Jurong. Responding to Mothership's queries, the police said they received a call for assistance by a man at a playground along Greenridge Crescent on Jan. He was detained after two hours with the help of a drone that caught a glimpse of him at a construction site nearby. The police added that they are working with the relevant authorities to look into the "alleged conduct of a religious procession within an industrial building located in Toh Guan Road East", which is near Jurong. Assistant Superintendent Tan Koon Liang, the drone pilot involved in this incident, said:"The drone provided an aerial view and spotted the man loitering in a suspicious area. When police officers arrived at the scene, the man's two 11-year-old sons were found lying motionless in the vicinity of the playground. "Without it, we would have to have more manpower on the ground, so these drones complement the work of our officers," said ASP Tan, who has flown unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for the police since 2018.

Weighing 7kg and about 1 sq m in size, the drone used in the operation is one of two of the latest devices in the police's UAV fleet that were unveiled on Wednesday (Jan 19) at the Home Team Tactical Centre. Police investigations into the case of unnatural death of the two boys are ongoing. People of different races can also be seen not wearing masks in the videos while chanting and singing as they walk up a spiral driveway. Deputy Superintendent of Police Sum Tuck Meng, officer in command of UAV operations, said at the event that police drones are used in four main types of operations. These are area observation, police presence, enforcement, and search and rescue. reported officers were seen speaking to residents around the estate, according to ST reporters on the ground at noon on Saturday (Jan. Due to operational secrecy, further details such as the UAVs' top speed, fleet size and other specifications are kept confidential. Kavadis were not allowed during the Thaipusam festivities last Tuesday (Jan 18) at the Sri Thendayuthapani Temple in Tank Road for the second year in a row. The 7kg drone, which does not have a name, is a specialist in crowd management and security events, equipped with heat sensors and cameras to help the police observe crowd movements and pick out suspicious activity. Last night, there were at least four police vans parked along the side of the road.

It was most recently seen hovering over Marina Bay during New Year's Eve to monitor the crowds and deter troublemakers amid the festive buzz. The drone's thermal imaging sensors provided a bird-eye shot of the tourist spot, with silhouettes of crowds highlighted in white on a screen, making any change in behaviour - such as abrupt dispersals or gatherings - obvious. If you like what you read, follow us on. Only those who were fully vaccinated were allowed to take part in Thaipusam this year. Other payloads can be attached to a customised rack fitted to its hull, such as a spotlight for better visibility and speaker to broadcast alerts, like warnings and safety advisories. Red and blue police blinkers will be used during public patrols to announce the presence of the authorities. The police also unveiled a smaller 1kg drone, about 30 sq cm in size, which is useful in tight spaces, takes less time to set up, and is more nimble.

It can be fitted with similar technology as its bigger brother, but on a smaller scale. More On This Topic Dashboard to control all Home Team robots on trial at Toa Payoh DSP Sum said these drones will go a long way to reduce uncertainty and enhance the police's capabilities during operations. Separately, the police added:"Officers can only see in their line of sight, but with drones, anomalies can be seen much earlier than if on the ground." The police also mentioned a search and rescue operation in March last year where the 7kg drone was used to locate a hiker in Clementi Forest. Once he was found by officers, the drone helped to identify an exit route amid the dense vegetation.

The drones are flown by UAV pilots under the Aerial Response Team commissioned last year. The police said the pilots are certified under the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and undergo rigorous training with the police. When asked about data collection, DSP Sum said footage may be kept for evidence or use in court, much like a police camera. "We follow a procedure to purge data once we deem that it is not needed and we don't keep it unnecessarily unless we have to," he added. In an interview with ST, founder and chief research officer of cyber-security firm Acronis Serguei Beloussov said UAVs can help law enforcement to become more efficient and precise.

"Drones allow inspection of different areas... they are better than cameras, which generate a lot of useless data," said Mr Beloussov, who is a Singaporean. He said a transparent policy on how the drones' data is kept safe is important, adding:"It is important to protect the data so that bad people don't get it.

" Mr Beloussov said privacy is an illusion these days as most things people do can be investigated. He said:"It depends on what you want, do you want privacy or safety? I prefer safety." More On This Topic .