ALEA announces Public Safety Drone Expo 2017

The Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) has announced that the Public Safety Drone Expo 2017 will take place from Oct. 16 to 19, 2017, at the New Orleans DoubleTree Hotel. This inaugural event brings together public safety industry leaders, educators, decision makers and end-users to share the latest in UAS technology, applications and education.

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The public safety drone industry is expanding at a rapid pace. A recent study identified at least 347 state and local police, sheriff, fire and emergency units across 43 states that have acquired drones, the majority in the last year, with local law enforcement leading the way.

The Federal Aviation Administration recently estimated that “the fleet of small hobbyists unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will more than triple” by 2021, increasing from 1.1 million vehicles in 2016 to 3.5 million. It also estimate that commercial UAS operators will increase, growing from 42,000 in 2016 to 442,000 in 2021.

Public Safety Drone Expo 2017 provides a platform to showcase the industry’s latest technology for law enforcement, fire and search-and-rescue (SAR). Public Safety Drone Expo 2017 will offer a combination of interactive public safety specific UAS courses, classes and general sessions. Attendees will learn from top experts and public safety operators offering their insights into best practices, fundamentals and integration.

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The expo hall will be teaming with industry service providers, manufacturers, advocates and thought leaders who bring together cutting-edge technology and applications.

Specific, targeted conference class tracks will focus on:

  • Law enforcement;
  • Fire;
  • SAR; and
  • Special presentations and features.

In-depth conference courses will include:

  • Public safety UAS operations;
  • Remote pilot training; and
  • UAS safety management systems.

Early speaker commitments include:

  • John Meehan, FAA unmanned aerial systems integration team; and
  • Hoot Gibson, FAA senior advisor on UAS integration.

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