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TECH BUYER Jul 2019 - IDC Perspective - Doc # US43357819

Smart City Drone Usage — Public Safety and Transportation Applications Leading Adoption

By: Alison Brooks, Ph.D.Research Vice President, Smart Cities and Communities – Public Safety, Mark ZannoniResearch Director

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This IDC Perspective looks at the usage of drones for public safety and transportation. At the intersection of public safety and transportation, drones provide a range of useful applications, from general inspections and surveillance operations to providing situational awareness during an incident to assisting in post-event activities.

"Most notably, UAVs enable a view into an emergency minimizing the risk to personnel, from situation unknowns or the condition itself," says Alison Brooks, research vice president, Smart Cities and Communities — Public Safety. "Drones also enable simpler and more frequent infrastructure condition assessments and have been very effective in faster clearing of highway accident scenes that have forced roadway closures during evidence collection." "In using UAVs, cities should consider the latest drone-based capabilities offered for the use contemplated, such as sensors for hazardous gases, facial recognition, AI, or LiDAR, and must adopt and enforce strong personal privacy policies," says Mark Zannoni, IDC research director for Smart Cities and Transportation and head of IDC's Worldwide Urban Mobility Program.


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