Germany To Use Anti-Graffiti Drones

droneWill drones render petty crime a relic of the past? The BBC reports:

Germany’s national railway company, Deutsche Bahn, plans to test small drones to try to reduce the amount of graffiti being sprayed on its property.

The idea is to use airborne infra-red cameras which could then be used to prosecute vandals who deface property at night. The drones would have infra-red sensors sophisticated enough for people to be identified, providing key evidence.

German media report that each drone will cost about 60,000 euros and fly almost silently, up to 495ft above ground. A company spokesman said drones would be tested at rail depots soon.

It is not yet clear how Germany’s strict anti-surveillance laws might affect their use. Using cameras to film people surreptitiously is a sensitive issue in Germany, where privacy is very highly valued.

4 Comments on "Germany To Use Anti-Graffiti Drones"

  1. Anarchy Pony | May 30, 2013 at 11:07 am |

    HERF guns folks.

  2. I didn’t think it was possible to waste “money,” but this has me reconsidering that opinion.

  3. Adamas Macalz | May 30, 2013 at 11:35 am |

    but if I can’t do Graffiti, how else am I going to charge my sigils?

  4. BuzzCoastin | May 30, 2013 at 7:27 pm |

    > Using cameras to film people surreptitiously is a sensitive issue in Germany

    last time I drove in Germany in 07 they had cameras on the highways
    and it is the most law abiding kuntery I’ve ever been in
    (the subway in Munich is run on an honor system, with occasional checking)
    so I’m kinda surprised there’s a graffiti problem
    must be the Turks & the Czech kids

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