Prisons ‘under attack’ from drones delivering contraband

Experts said the issue has exploded in recent years but could be fixed if states get the authority to jam cellphone signals.

Fish and Wildlife to deploy drones in battle against invasive plants

To protect native plants and reduce equipment impact on the environment, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will deploy aerial drones to spray invasive plants with herbicides.

Camera, sensor, drone data lights up disaster response

ALERTCalifornia’s network will provide actionable natural disaster data for public safety agencies and researchers responding to wildfires, floods, landslides and other climate-driven events.

Finding the right drone for the job

With MITRE’s Drone Selector, public safety agencies input their desired tasks and locality to see details on all drones that meet their requirements and can operate under current state and local regulations.

Wanted: 3D mapping drones for indoor search and rescue

NIST’s Public Safety Communications Research Division is looking for an affordable solution that will give public safety drone operators accurate indoor positioning and high-quality 3D digital mapping in real time.

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State grounds Chinese-made drones over security concerns

The rule bans Florida agencies from using drones manufactured by Chinese company DJI, a move that could have an immediate effect on law enforcement agencies in the state.

Drones on the front lines in public safety operations

Drone networks that allow seamless communication among devices, first responders and dispatch centers enhance public safety operations.

Governor calls for $37M boost in drone funding

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum proposed $30 million for the state’s unmanned aerial system traffic control network and $7 million for a business and aviation park in Grand Forks.

How one state jockeys for drone, AV leadership

The Arkansas Council on Future Mobility called on the state to capitalize on the rapidly changing mobility landscape by investing in its tech infrastructure and workforce.

Chinese drones could expose state, local governments

Amid the uncertainty surrounding drones’ cybersecurity, a new program vets drones to ensure they meet rigorous security requirements.

Cup lids inspire new way for drones to sense danger

Adding domes to drone wings could help them better sense their surroundings and produce safer flying behaviors.

Drones could make last-mile package deliveries greener

Autonomous vehicles get packages out quicker while potentially reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.

Mayors endorse emerging technologies at annual conference

City leaders staked out positions related to drones, public safety, broadband, renewable energy, blockchain technology and more at their 90th annual conference.

Drone inspects subway tunnels after nearby building collapse

After the collapse of a parking garage over subway tunnels, officials in Boston used a drone to assess conditions before sending in a team of structural engineers for in-depth inspections.

A No-Drone Zone Showdown in Deadwood, South Dakota

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: IBM vs. Texas bathroom bill; the Utah Highway Patrol’s new tool to enforce texting-while-driving laws; and “spite fences” in California.

Laguna Beach Cries ‘Self Defense’ With Drone Ban

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Portland police officer called ‘racist serial killer;’ Minneapolis tip dispute; and Seattle residents oppose youth jail.