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Queensland government expands police air fleet with new drone trials


The Queensland government has announced that it will invest nearly a million dollars to deliver drones for use in Townsville and Cairns. The government of the Sunshine State detailed that the drones will initially be trialled in each town for 12 months. The remotely piloted aircrafts will be integrated with an aerial platform featuring intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities, plus AI technologies for tracking vehicles and thermal imaging cameras to locate lost people. Police on the ground will then be able to receive a live feed of images being recorded by the aerial platform. The drones form part of an expansion of the Queensland Police's air fleet, which will also see the introduction of new helicopters and fixed wing aircraft.