Deep Dive Session: Public Safety

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Police, fire and government entities are constrained in the use of UAVs, not only by budget but also public perceptions and oversight. This session focuses on lessons learned and key factors for a successful UAV program, including mapping, reconstruction, mission overwatch, patrol uses, search and rescue, emergency management, interior tactical searching, health sciences, cyber-security, data science operations and other related topics.

Wednesday, October 3

Part I (2:00 – 3:30pm)
Developing Successful UAS Programs

  • Identifying your goals; justifications & benefits analysis
  • Obtaining buy-in and approvals from elected officials & public
  • Sources for knowledge & funding; Public-Private Partnerships
  • Policies and SOPs for safe operations
  • Operating under 107 versus COA

Part II  (4:00 – 5:00pm)
Ensuring Ongoing Success & Scaling

  • Selecting the right sensors, platforms, systems
  • UAS interoperability, imaging, and automation
  • Practical guide for ongoing training
  • Pros and cons: lessons & best practices from the field

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Harrison Andrew Pierce, San Diego Homeland Security
  • Richard Fields, Los Angeles Fire Department
  • Scott Mlakar, Willoughby Fire Department / Lake County UAS
  • Tracy Wilkinson and Chad Karlewicz, Renton Police Department
  • Daniel Marek, Nevada Highway Patrol
  • Michael Ralston and Tom Calvert, Battalion Chief, Menlo Park Fire District

The Commercial UAV Event for:



Drone Delivery

Drone Delivery

Energy & Utilities

Forestry & Agriculture

Infrastructure & Transportation


Mining & Aggregates

Public Safety & Emergency Services


Surveying & Mapping


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