Doug Bedell — May 10, 2013, 11:45 am

‘Flying Cameras’ Over a University Campus

A Pro Barrier colleague notes, not without some privacy misgivings, one of the latest approaches to camera security – flying “eyes in the sky”.  Instead of, or along with, fixed cameras, the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) campus is testing unmanned aerial vehicles – UAVs – as “eyes in the sky” to spot campus security threats.

A  local TV channel’s video debuts the flying cameras. They’re a larger, more intricate version of the controller-operated helicopters you can buy for kids. “The UAVs will buzz up to 400 feet above the UAH campus as an extra ‘eye in the sky,'” says a university official. “You can put the thing up there and it’s almost invisible to the person who’s maybe doing something they shouldn’t be doing.”

Neat, but keep being mindful of the sky, students.

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