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Macon-Bibb County Government Wants $5.7 Million Drone Fleet For Emergencies

McGruber writes: Macon-Bibb County, Georgia is considering a $5.7 million project with manufacturer Olaeris to deploy 15 to 17 drone aircraft. The aircraft, each bigger than a king-sized bed, would operate out of individual hangars strategically placed across the county. The drones would be able to get to most places in the county within a few minutes. They would be available to the county’s Emergency Management Agency, sheriff’s office and fire department. “It’s highly technical, and having the ability to be the first with Silicon Valley-type technology is unique,” said Don Druitt, director of the Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency. Olaeris claims that for every $1 spent on their drones, a government will save $6 to $8 worth of manpower. “Ninety-five percent of all fire alarms are false, but fire departments have no choice to go, and you may have 15 (firefighters) responding,” Olaeris CEO Ted Lindsley said. Lindsley also promises to work with local organizations to address any privacy concerns from residents. People will be able to track the aircraft online whenever they’re used in order to learn where and why they were deployed.

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