NUAIR & NYS DHSES Host Public Safety Drone Summit

NUAIR & NYS DHSES Host Public Safety Drone Summit

NUAIR & New York State DHSES Host Two-Day Drone Summit for More Than 120 Public Safety Officials

New York public safety officials receive hands on training and witness live demos of the latest drone technologies and techniques to help save lives.

(SYRACUSE, NY) – On July 28 and 29, NUAIR and the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (DHSES) held a two-day unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) Summit for New York State public safety officials. The UAS Summit showcased the latest UAS or drone technologies available to first responders and NY State agencies and gave participants the ability to fly mock disaster scenarios. More than 120 public safety officials and 13 UAS companies participated in the summit which took place at the State Preparedness Training Center (SPTC) in Oriskany, NY on day one and day two being held at Griffiss International Airport in Rome, NY.

“We have a great partnership with The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services,” said NUAIR CEO Ken Stewart. “With our combined efforts of NUAIR and Oneida County, coupled with two world-class facilities, for UAS, Griffiss and the SPTC, we continue to enable New York State and local agencies, helping them implement safe, regulatory compliant and efficient drone operations to help them save time, money and lives.”

The first day of the UAS Summit held at the SPTC provided ample opportunities for learning and sharing best practices. The morning session featured presentations from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and NUAIR, which provided important updates on topics of interest to Summit attendees. The Summit also included a panel discussion on Building an Effective Public Safety UAS Program and case studies highlighting relevant use-cases of UAS operations. The first afternoon of the Summit gave UAS pilots hands-on opportunities to test their skills in a variety of response scenarios and provided a great backdrop for the day ahead.

“DHSES is honored to host the third annual UAS Summit at the State Preparedness Training Center this year,” said Patrick Murphy, Commissioner of the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. “This event brings federal, state, and local public safety professionals together to have meaningful conversations and share best practices on safe UAS operation. We thank NUAIR for partnering with us on this important event.”

The second day was held at Griffiss International Airport at the New York UAS Test Site, one of only seven FAA-designated UAS test sites in the country. The hangar was filled with multiple vendors showcasing the latest drone technologies specifically designed for state agencies, public safety and first responders. Throughout the day each vendor conducted a live demonstration of their technology or service including different types of drones, scanning software, drones with a loud “bullhorn” speaker, “drone-in-a-box” solutions, live-streaming, and counter UAS technology.

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