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Safety agencies of all sizes and types worldwide face a shared challenge; how to ensure the safety of their officers and the civilians with whom they interact.  And they are required to accomplish all this within very tight budgets.  Fire Departments, Police Departments, Regional and National Security, and Private Security Enterprises have all utilized video technology to do their job more safely and more cost effectively.  Video recordings are regularly a critical part of evidence to ensure that justice is served.  The potential physical security threat matrix for valuable property, infrastructure, assets, and events is growing in volume and complexity. It can easily take over a hundred and fifty officers to effectively safeguard a remote datacenter, and a vast network of stationary cameras.  Adding more people and cameras has diminishing returns and adds a great deal of complexity to physical security operations between more people to manage and more static feeds to monitor. Drones are a natural extension of the set of tools used by safety agencies.  Questions abound regarding the effectiveness and safety of the use of drones due to evolving regulations by aviation administrations and concern regarding the potential additional risk to public safety due to drone crashes.  Early use has shown that drones are a very effective and safe workforce multiplier. While the early use of drones by safety applications has been very promising, the upfront investment and overall improvement in effectiveness has been challenged by some.  Safety agencies as a practice remove risk from their operations by preparation.  With today’s regulatory environment in the U.S., for example, this is a heavy burden.  Officers must be pilots; these officer-pilots must be on-site.  Additionally commanders and their leadership must also be on site to view the video in time to make life saving decisions.  While the benefits of the video perspective of drones has been proven to increase safety, the current operational challenges make it a costly alternative.

 
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To unlock the benefits of drones, new technology is required to provide effectively ubiquitous access to the control of the drone and the video produced to it for the experts who need it.  Also, the technology needs to be simplified and automated to enable more safety experts to become effective and safe operators of drones.  The Cape Drone Telepresence and Data Management system has been proven to deliver these requirements.  

Safe

The Cape DTDM puts the control of the drones in the hands of the operational experts; firemen, policemen, etc.  Further, the DTDM makes the usage of drones safe and easy-to-use by any operator.  The Cape team will work with your operational team to train your experts so that the team will be confident about the safe usage of drones.  Further with Cape Aerial Telepresence, your experts can participate in the inspection with live streaming from anywhere further increasing effectiveness by limiting the safety staff needed on site.  Further, the automation capabilities of DTDM increase the safety of the officers and the public by reducing the opportunities for pilot error..  Finally, the Cape App, ensures the safety of your local technician who is supervising the drone flight and maintenance with an intuitive interface that complements the training from Cape’s team of experts.

Cost-Effective

With the Cape DTDM, Cap App, and training, your existing safety experts will become your drone operators.  Once trained on the Cape technology, you will have all the skills you need to use drones for routine activities as well as incident response.  You will utilize the same staff you deploy today on patrol or for incident response to now be your on-site drone technician.  Your operational team can join any incident through a secure, dedicated portal from any location saving them significant lost time due to travel.  Finally, you will be giving your teams the newest technology in operational efficiency which will enable you to attract top talent.

The following are how agencies around the world are using Cape technology.

Fire Departments

Aerial visualization and the use of thermal cameras provide fire fighters with valuable data for real-time decisions for the duration of an incident from initiation through file review.  On the first notification of the incident, aerial visualization of the scene from the command center is key to efficient and safe resource deployment.  During the incident, the ability for multiple responders plus commanders to view live streams of the event provides invaluable data on the progress towards containment.  Following the incident, period aerial inspections are useful for hotspot detection and final reporting.  Overall, safety is greatly enhanced by more precise decision making on the deployment of human and machine resources and by the inclusion of experts remotely.

Police Departments

Aerial support greatly enhances the productivity and safety of public safety personnel for both routine patrols and incident response.   Routine patrols with remote visualization from the command center efficiently identify suspect activity which can be used to precisely direct officers to investigate further.  Drones have been used successfully as the first responder on the scene for incident response to provide the shift commanders with powerful visual intel that can reduce response time, increase public and officer safety, and ensure that the proper resources can have a aerial view of the scene.  The efficiency enhancements realizable by incorporating drones as a force multiplier for police departments means that officers will have more time to spend serving their community.

Private Security

Security personnel within network & security operations centers monitor multiple sources of data to safeguard valuable assets and sensitive areas, from static camera feeds to radio calls from officers on patrol. The most powerful tools at the disposal of personnel in a NOC, are live video feeds. Without leaving the NOC, security personnel are able to tap into the live feed of any Cape-enabled drone assigned to the area or asset that they are monitoring and take active control of the drone or its camera, whether to conduct regular patrols or respond to potential incidents, breaches, or threats. Rather than installing more cameras or putting more officers and vehicles on the ground, the use of Cape-enabled drones instantly upgrades the coverage area that your personnel can effectively monitor and the speed of response.