Aeryon Labs, manufacturer of the Aeryon Scout (a small man-packable flying robotic reconnaissance system) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a contract to supply its Aeryon Scout unmanned aerial vehicle to Halton Regional Police.
The Aeryon scout has proven to be successful in locating the compounds of Central American drug dealers. The Libyan rebels even purchased one for $100,000 and learned how to use it in under 20 minutes. Using it for surveillance of Gadhafi’s compounds.
Ian McDonald, a marketing vice-president at Aeryon Labs has stated:
“You can think of the system as a flying camera”. “It can carry thermal cameras, high-res still camera, video camera with 10x optical zoom.”
“You can observe what a person is carrying, a stick or a shovel, and if you get closer you can even do facial recognition.”
Security expert Alex Holstein said the technology could too easily allow users to infringe on personal liberties.
“Citizens should always be aware of what their government are investing in and civil libertarians particularly need to keep an eye on things to ensure there aren’t abuses of the technology.”
Transport Canada has issued 293 flight certificates, allowing for 1,000 civilian drones to be used in Canada, since 2007. That number can be expected to sharply increase sine it has been projected that the market for UAVs in the next 10 years will total $94 billion.
UAV’s are beginning to enter ever aspect of Canadians lives. Recently at the “three Amigos” summit American UAV’s flying over all three North American nations was a big concern.
“Ottawa’s privacy czar is expressing fears that unmanned aircraft could soon be peering down onto all three countries in North America.
“I think Canadians should be concerned about the increasing use of drones,” Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart told The Globe and Mail in an interview Monday.”
Are you comfortable having predator drones patrolling our borders and possibly further into our country? Or how about your local police force patrolling the skies with smaller drone aircraft’s? That employ thermal imaging (can see through your roof and walls), and facial recognition.