“If this plan saves 1 life, then its worth it.” Elizabeth NJ Police

In the not too distant future the drone will be 10-23 before the patrol arrives.

“The tactic (monitoring citizens with drones) was first used in China.” The same People’s Republic of China who brought us the Chinese Wu-flu which changed the United States of America forever.

“[Drones that] can detect sneezing… detect your heart rate, your respiratory rate, and … detect social distancing. So imagine…  there’s a crowd, and you want to determine if they are practicing social distancing.”

Police Departments Use Drones To Enforce Social Distancing

April 14, 2020 at 4:11 pm

SAVANNAH, Ga. (CBS Local) — Police in Savannah, Georgia, are deploying five drones to get the message out about practicing social distancing.

The drones fly a hundred feet in the air and cover a much larger area than any officer could on foot. Two of them enforce social distancing with pre-recorded messages.

“This is the Savannah Police Department, due to the current health emergency, members of the public are reminded to keep a safe distance of six feet from others,” the message says through a public address system.


Police departments in Daytona Beach, Florida, Meriden, Connecticut, and Elizabeth, New Jersey, are also deploying drones with pre-recorded warnings to emphasize social distancing and stay-at-home orders.

The tactic was first used in China, CNN reported in February. Britain, Spain and France have also used loudspeaker drones to remind residents about travel restrictions and other guidelines.


Coronavirus News: Pandemic drones to monitor fever, crowds from above

By Dan Krauth / Tuesday, April 14, 2020 9:14PM

ELIZABETH, New Jersey (WABC) — As city and state leaders work to figure out how to reopen daily life safely, some places are looking to technology to help make that happen — technology that could be hovering above us.

Cities like Elizabeth, New Jersey, are already deploying drones with automated voice messages reminding people to keep their distance. In Meriden, Connecticut, the mayor announced they’ll be using them to monitor the city’s trails and parks.
But some new drones that are underdevelopment now will be equipped not only with cameras, but high tech sensors that can help determine if people are sick or not social distancing down below.

“You”ll be seeing this very soon,” said Cameron Chell, CEO of Draganfly, one of the oldest commercial drone companies.


“What these cameras can do is actually detect fever, which is very different than detecting just temperature,” Chell said. “They can detect sneezing. They can detect your heart rate, your respiratory rate, and they can also detect social distancing. So imagine, if you will, a situation where there’s a crowd, and you want to determine what’s the infection rate of the crowd and if they are practicing social distancing. Is this a hot spot that is a problem?”
Daniel Schwarz, the privacy and technology strategist with the New York Civil Liberties Union, says there are concerns the technology could be used improperly.


… Chell said the technology is… only to help keep people safe and flatten the curve.


In a Facebook post, the Elizabeth Police Department said it’s using its drones to “save lives” not to be “big brother.”


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