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German railways deploys surveillance drones

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    German railways deploys surveillance drones - A fleet of miniature helicopter drones mounted with thermal imaging cameras will be deployed to combat
    Message 1 of 1 , May 28, 2013
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    German railways deploys surveillance drones - A fleet of miniature
    helicopter drones mounted with thermal imaging cameras will be deployed to
    combat graffiti-spraying gangs on the German railway network.

    The drones used by Deutsche Bahn cost 60,000 euros each and are manufactured
    by German firm Microdrones

    By Jeevan Vasagar, Berlin 27 May 2013

    The drones, which fly at an altitude of 150 yards, will be used at graffiti
    'hotspots' such as the big German cities of Berlin, Leipzig, Cologne and
    Hamburg, a spokesman for Deutsche Bahn confirmed.

    The use of drones against vandals is the latest indication of the growing
    civilian market for unmanned aerial reconnaissance. Over 400 new drone
    systems are being developed by firms based in Europe, according to an EU
    report published last September.

    The drones used by Deutsche Bahn cost 60,000 euros each and are manufactured
    by German firm Microdrones, which also markets the machines for landscape
    photography, analysing traffic accidents and monitoring crops.

    The drones are a metre wide, from the tip of one rotor arm to another. They
    will be painted in Deutsche Bahn's red livery.

    Jens-Oliver Voss, a spokesman for Deutsche Bahn, said that because of
    Germany's privacy laws the drones would not be used near stations, or other
    areas where members of the public might be caught on film.

    Continues:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/10082777/German-railways-deploys-surveillance-drones.html
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