The City of Cape Town recently tested the use of surveillance drones in a police bust, using the remote-controlled devices to track and observe fleeing suspects.
Dronetec, one of the contractors used by the city, sent its W.A.S.P. Mk4 remotely piloted aircraft fitted with an infrared camera and close ground support package into the fray.
The test was deemed a success by Cape Town, with Mayoral Committee on Safety and Security member, JP Smith, stating the drone was effective.
Smith said, besides police operations, drones can be used to check for fire breaks, coordinate and monitor disaster response, and manage traffic.
Cape Town also plans to use a fixed-wing push prop drone for anti-metal theft operations in Philippi, he said.
Drones in action
The City of Cape Town documented the drone testing, and provided MyBroadband with photos.
All photo credits: Bruce Sutherland, City of Cape Town.
The video below shows how the Dronetec W.A.S.P. Mk4’s infrared camera system works.