City drones set to take off in Honolulu

  • Source: KITV-TV ABC 4 Honolulu
  • Published: 04/17/2017 09:50 PM

It’s been talked about it for years, but this could be the summer the city’s fleet of drones takes to the sky. Drones are already being used to monitor the beaches following a shark attack or shark sighting in California. In Australia, lifeguards have added a mega phone to give audible warnings. Honolulu’s Jim Howe recalls giving the all-clear following a shark event, was the toughest decision that weighed on his shoulders as Ocean Safety's operations manager. Now, as Director of Emergency Services, he can’t wait to roll the drones out. "This way we can do it more timely but we can do it more often. We don’t have to rely on one flyover, but we can do these flyovers as the event is transpiring and make a better decision for the public's interest to say when it’s safe to go back in the water," said Howe.


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