City’s Manned Surveillance Flights Duck Drone Controversy

Law360, New York (August 28, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT) -- Lancaster, Calif., unveiled a new manned aerial surveillance system last week that will allow police to monitor activities on the ground in real time, technology that authorities say has more limitations and privacy safeguards than controversial drone surveillance techniques.

The city, along with Lancaster-based Aero View LLC on Thursday launched the Law Enforcement Aerial Platform System in an attempt to enhance public safety and reduce crime by transmitting information and video captured by “relatively affordable” optical equipment attached to a piloted Cessna 172 directly to the...
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