Drone era arrives for local governments sooner than most

Drones may not be ready to deliver your next Amazon order in less than 30 minutes, but local governments around Southwest Virginia are already calling on the technology for simpler, more practical tasks.

They’re not inventing high-tech systems, but rather saving time and taxpayer money with small quadcopters usually available at BestBuy for about $1,000.

Of 13 localities surveyed from Pulaski to Roanoke counties, five said they own at least one drone.

Roanoke County has a team of seven certified pilots and three drones standing by for everything from tracking brush fires to capturing aerial photography for county brochures …


The Roanoke (VA) Times | April 3, 2019


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