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R&D-consortium presents drone applications for more efficient security operations

2019, June 12

The results of the three-year research project 3D Safeguard were presented this afternoon in Sint-Truiden, in the Belgian province of Limburg. A consortium consisting of the Catholic University of Leuven (KUL), IMEC, Securitas Belgium, Seris Group, CityMesh, Xtendit Solutions, and the Flemish Innovation & Development Agency, worked together for three years on better and more effective drone applications in the field of civil security and assistance during emergency situations.

The use of drones during (large-scale) relief operations has been on the rise for several years, both in Belgium and abroad. For example, when a huge fire broke out at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris a few weeks ago, a drone was used to map out various seats of fire. Consequently, a risk analysis that wouldn’t endanger human lives, was carried out quickly. Minister De Crem underlined the importance of such research projects in order to further optimize relief and security operations in the future. Minister De Crem : “Guaranteeing the safety of the people and maintaining public order are core tasks of any government. However, authorities are increasingly faced with budget cuts, as a result of which they have to rely more and more on solid partnerships with private partners. Projects such as this, are already very important to us and will become even more important in the future as authorities are given new tools that will enable them to fulfill their duties properly”. 

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