POLICE Magazine

APR 2019

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48 P O L I C E A P R I L 2 019 D rones are transforming the way public safety agencies operate and make decisions, providing increased situational awareness and real-time intelligence. As the world's first cloud software for full drone telepresence and data management, Cape (www.cape. com) enables complete re- mote aerial visibility, giv- ing organizations includ- ing public safety agencies the real-time information needed to make quick and accurate decisions, and improve the safety of their officers and the communi- ties they serve. THE PROBLEM In a recent study we con- ducted at Cape, we found that Americans have in- creasingly high standards when it comes to public safety agencies keeping them safe and responding to their needs. A total of 93% expect law enforcement to be present and highly visible in their communities, and 89% expect law enforcement and first re- sponders to reach them quickly when they call for help. Because of such increasing expectations from civilians, there is a criti- cal need to invest in tools and technology that meet rising demands when it comes to keeping the public safe. In fact, 84% of Americans expect their local law enforcement and first responders to leverage the best technology for ensuring public safety. However, real-time visibility has been difficult to achieve because of a variety of resource constraints. Physical limitations such as distance and terrain can make operations difficult. Additionally, agencies often lack the needed resources and internal experts vital to maintaining constant visuals on situations and are forced to do more with less, potentially compromising safety and valuable time. With limitations on the time and money required to quickly and effectively cover needed ground, including bringing in outside resources and equipment such as helicopters for overhead visibility, there have been several challenges that put agencies in a tight spot when the right resources and support are needed most. Beyond physical and resource con- straints, a lack of aerial visibility puts first responders at risk in potentially dangerous situations. Emergency calls are made during traumatic situations, meaning callers provide limited de- tail and insight into what's happening at the scene. With such little insight, it's difficult to determine which situ- ations require additional response, or the best re- sources to deploy until it's too late. Without real-time visibility, first responders are left walking into un- known situations without a clear picture of present dangers or how to best ap- proach the situation. Additionally, while community concerns have presented challenges in the past, our research shows Ameri- cans are ready to embrace drones as a tool for public safety. Over 70% of con- sumers support the use of drones by law enforcement in their community and 62% explicitly say they would feel safer if local first responders used drones to protect their communities. THE SOLUTION Cape is the leading cloud platform for drone telepresence and data manage- ment. e Cape Aerial Telepresence platform gives agencies a safe, easy, and secure tool for enabling aerial visibility and intelligence. Using Cape-enabled drones, not only is full aerial visibility possible, but deployment is fast, easy, and safe. e Cape Aerial Telepresence Law enforcement agencies can use Cape's cloud platform to transmit aerial views of a scene from the drone to officers at other locations. GIVE YOU REAL-TIME AERIAL VISIBILITY MY TECHNOLOGY CAN... CAPE'S AERIAL TELEPRESENCE PLATFORM ALLOWS AGENCIES TO SEND DRONES TO CALLS TO GAIN VALUABLE INTELLIGENCE BEFORE OFFICERS ARRIVE ON SCENE. H CHRIS RITTLER POLICE TECH PHOTOS: CAPE

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