Autonomous drones are often associated with strictly military missions, although recent experiments have investigated their use for information gathering in urban settings. A leading supplier of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Percepto revealed that it has been involved in an experimental program with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Science and Technology Directorate in collaboration with the U.S. Army. The aim is to learn more about how autonomous drones might be used to perform intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations in urban warfare environments.
Miniature, battery-powered drones such as this were recently evaluated for intelligence gathering in urban warfare environments. (Courtesy of Percepto)
Experiments were conducted in Quantico, Va. with more than 100 participants from the DHS, Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Energy, and private organizations to evaluate the system-level Percepto Solution along with other UAV technologies for urban warfare applications. Dor Abuhasira, the CEO of Percepto, said, “Percepto was honored to be invited to participate in this operational experimentation program. We embrace every opportunity to challenge our solution in the toughest environments anywhere in the world, and to showcase the wide range of applications that autonomous drones can be utilized.”