The Bielsko-Biała Metropolitan Police Station uses a DJI Matrice 300 RTK drone with a Zenmuse H20T camera in the fight against road hoggers
Police officers from the Metropolitan Police Station in Bielsko-Biała can show off the new equipment they acquired not so long ago. DJI Matrice 300 RTK is one of the most advanced drones available on the commercial market. The drone equipped with a Zenmuse H20T thermal imaging camera will not only serve to improve safety on Polish roads, but will also be used in search operations or to control public events.
With the Zenmuse H20T powerful hybrid optical system, the operator can zoom in on the observed object up to 200 times, which will allow to read license plate numbers and even recognize faces from a very long distance in favorable weather conditions. While the built-in thermal imaging camera can improve the effectiveness of searches during the day as well as at night.
Both the drone and the camera can operate in temperatures from -20 to 50°C. The ability to fly in harsh weather conditions such as strong winds or rain is possible thanks to the IP44 resistance certificates for the camera and IP45 for the drone. The flight time of up to 55 minutes on one set of batteries and the function of changing batteries without having to turn the drone off will allow you to perform even the most complicated and time-consuming missions.
The equipment is already successfully used to improve road safety. Police officers can perfectly see improper maneuvers such as overtaking in prohibited places. Recently the drone has been used, among others, at the exit road S-52 to Wapienica (direction Cieszyn), where during rush hours some drivers bypass the traffic jam and from the middle lane through the section excluded from traffic they „force their way” to the beginning of the congestion.
An interesting fact is that law enforcement services are exempt from the obligation to register each flight in the DroneRadar application connected to the PansaUTM (air traffic control) system. Police officers openly admit that the application serves to improve safety and they do not intend to use this privilege without reason. If drone operations are not classified ( e.g., using a drone for operational and/or investigative activities) then officers always record their flight in a publicly available mobile app. Registering the flight in the application allows air traffic controllers to connect with the drone operator if necessary and, for example, demand an immediate landing. Despite appearances, such situations are not uncommon. It happens when an Air Rescue helicopter (HEMS status flight) is moving in the area.
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