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Offline mickpah

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Drones for life guards
« on: September 26, 2012, 10:11:47 pm »
Has, anyone seen this ?

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-16/aerial-drones-to-patrol-queensland-beaches/4263948

great idea, but I'm waiting for the outcry when some people find they are potentially being filmed on beaches.
TV cameramen at Australian cricket games are notorious for "crowd shots" bet we see issues here.
 

Offline GeoffS

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Re: Drones for life guards
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2012, 10:14:56 pm »
There has to be legislation on how drones are used and who has access to the data.
If you use a camera on a beach these days someone will complain, aerial cameras should come under the same scrutiny.
 

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Re: Drones for life guards
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2012, 10:29:39 pm »
I thought you couldn't even take cameras to school sporting events for fear of "pedophiles" recording a twelve year old? Now they're going to drone beaches?
 

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Re: Drones for life guards
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2012, 04:20:47 am »
The CASA regulations for drones are pretty stiff and comprehensive.  It will be interesting to see if they decide to really go ahead when they get hit with the compliance costs for doing this "by the book".
 

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Re: Drones for life guards
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2012, 07:49:28 am »
And what is a drone going to do when it spots a someone drowning or being attacked by a shark, fire a missile.
 

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Re: Drones for life guards
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2012, 08:29:02 am »
And what is a drone going to do when it spots a someone drowning or being attacked by a shark, fire a missile.
"Mr Williamson says the drones will be fitted with flotation buoys that can be dropped down to the ocean."
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Re: Drones for life guards
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2012, 10:02:50 am »
Even if they didn't have buoys, drones are very useful for searching a large beach to locate someone reported missing.
They're also several orders of magnitude less expensive than calling in the helicopter (which the lifeguards do use for searching sometimes).

Quite often the hardest task is finding the person.
Once they have been located a boat can be dispatched to go rescue them and the drone operator can provide real time tracking to guide the boat to the person.
« Last Edit: September 27, 2012, 10:08:56 am by Psi »
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Re: Drones for life guards
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2012, 08:37:51 pm »
all that aaide they are also a major privacy risk
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Re: Drones for life guards
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2012, 10:22:03 pm »
I don't agree at all. How do you have "privacy" lounging on the beach?
 

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Re: Drones for life guards
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2012, 01:03:25 am »
I don't see an issue with privacy unless they are recording the camera feed.

Also, if they only send up the drones when they need too search for someone then they couldn't be accused of just spying on people.
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Re: Drones for life guards
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2012, 03:57:26 am »
all that aaide they are also a major privacy risk
Isn't that also true of the guys with binoculars who sit in the life-guard towers, scanning the beach for problems?
 

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Re: Drones for life guards
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2012, 07:06:43 pm »
Guy with binocs does not have a camcorder attached to them, to show a clip to all his buddies later............
 

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Re: Drones for life guards
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2012, 07:19:44 pm »
I really don't understand this phobia about being seen. If you're that afraid why leave the house?
 

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Re: Drones for life guards
« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2012, 10:10:31 pm »
Guy with binocs does not have a camcorder attached to them, to show a clip to all his buddies later............
He doesn't have to -- his buddies are right there beside him.  All he has to do is say "Hey guys, come look at *this*

No difference really.

And if you're that paranoid -- do you also want a ban on all cameras and smartphones (which have cameras) at the beach too?

Rule of thumb -- if you're going out in public, you *are* going to be seen by others.  Dress and act accordingly.

End of problem!
 



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