• Paladin drone view of house fire (Trevor Pennypacker/YouTube)

    Auto-dispatched drones send video to responders en route

    A drone platform allows dispatchers to automatically send a unit to emergency locations to give responding rescue teams real-time situational awareness as they approach an emergency site.

  • drone under bridge (PixOne/Shutterstock.com)

    State drone operations on the rise

    A new survey of state transportation departments highlights the rapid deployment of drone technologies and growing demand for a highly trained workforce required to manage them.

  • drone over wooded mountains (Dmitry Galaganov/Shutterstock.com)

    AI-enabled drone teams to speed search and rescue

    Researchers at Virginia Tech are working to inject machine learning into search and rescue protocols and optimize autonomous, multi-drone teams to make searches more effective.

  • drone surveillance AI (Varavin88/Shutterstock.com)

    AI-enhanced situational awareness for the battlefield

    The Army Research Laboratory is working on incorporating artificial intelligence into drones and thermal recognition tech to give warfighters increased situational awareness.

  • Army drone (U.S. Army Photo / Albert C Vogel/Dugway Proving Ground Public Affairs)

    Army wants ground-penetrating radar for drones

    Mounted on unmanned aerial and land vehicles, the lightweight radar-on-a-chip technology could expand the military's ability to map the shapes, sizes and features of objects in the environment.

  • drone rescue (PixOne/Shutterstock.com)

    Autonomous drones can help search and rescue after disasters

    Researchers are working on developing technology that mimics the behavior of a human rescuer, looking briefly at wide areas and quickly choosing specific regions to examine more closely.

  • many drones in the sky (Andy Dean Photography/Shutterstock.com)

    Defending against drone swarms

    The Defense Innovation Unit is on the lookout for a system to detect, identify and mitigate attacks from swarms of drones.

  • USPS autonomous vehicle (IG/USPS)

    Wanted: Autonomous vehicle tech for mail delivery

    The Postal Service wants information about sensor, guidance and operational technologies as well as expertise on testing and integrating the autonomous vehicle tech into its existing fleet.

  • CBP agent in tunnel (DHS)

    DARPA looks to robots for underground navigation

    The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's SubT Integration Exercise asks teams to quickly and remotely map, navigate and search underground environments.

  • chatbot (Alexander Supertramp/Shutterstock.com)

    Chatbots vs. RPA vs. virtual assistants

    IT modernization isn’t only about replacing aging equipment. It’s also about implementing cutting-edge technology such as chatbots, virtual assistants and robotic process automation for better served citizens and more engaged employees.

  • drones over city (elwynn/Shutterstock.com)

    FAA digs deeper into drone traffic management

    The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Traffic Management pilot will focus on flight planning, communications, aircraft separation and weather services for these drones flying under 400 feet.

  • worker with drone (Budimir Jevtic/Shutterstock.com)

    Is it time to buy a drone?

    Rather than integrating drones into current processes to gain efficiencies, agencies should identify unique problems the unmanned technology can solve.

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