Drones: Useful Tools, not Killing Machines

Unmanned vehicles that function without the need for a person to be on board are one of the biggest technological advances of recent times. While we’re some way off seeing driverless cars on the streets, unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs), unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs), unmanned surface vehicles (USVs), autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), and several types of unmanned spacecraft are in use all over the world.

While there are many different types of unmanned vehicles, probably the most publicized is the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), otherwise known as a drone. Drones have been used extensively by the military and law enforcement, and although their use in the civilian world has prompted some controversy, they do have an important role to play in many sectors. The use of drones can result in cost-savings, and in lessening the danger to personnel in emergency situations.

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The Virtuous Drone

Take out the politics and emotion, and it becomes clear that with reasonable controls and policies, UAVs contribute to the net well-being of society – or they will if we allow it.

By Ives Brant

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Drones are coming to the sky near you. If this conjures up an image of a Predator UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) armed with missiles, you might think instead of the video cameras at your local shopping outlets. Now, add a propeller and motor to create a highly mobile eye. This is a more accurate rendition of the commercial and government drones that you will soon see overhead. Except in extreme law enforcement situations, do not expect to hear about UAVs firing upon targets within friendly borders.

UAVs have certainly triggered an emotional response from privacy zealots and civil liberterians in the United States, and this has made good news footage: clips of anxious citizens and academics using worrisome terms such as “Big Brother” and “invasion of privacy.” It’s true that with facial recognition technology, UAVs can help identify exactly who is walking down a street in any city. On the other hand, so can stationary cameras, as they long have in London and other UK cities.

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GPoz Overview

The GPAC (General Purpose Automation Controller) System™ is a true Programmable Automation Controller (PAC) as described by ARC Web.

This blog brings you stories about the GPAC System™, documenting the multitude of uses and applications. Clients find the GPAC System™ to be the “swiss army knife”  for integrating diverse hardware, data collection and monitoring operations – it makes data and information from equipment, sensors, cameras – any device for that matter – available anywhere and anytime.

” ……. End users ask, “…. can we do this?” Yes, you can. “…. can we do that?” Hmmmm! We have not tried it before, but I do not see why not. Let’s give it a shot…. wow, it works ….. Cool! We never considered such a possibility or thought about using the GPAC System™ (GPoz) for this solution or that application. The GPoz ‘possibilities’ are endless; our imagination is the only limitation…”, resident dreamer and inventor of the  GPAC System™.

Users of the GPAC System™ benefit from simplicity and freedom of choices in hardware, solutions and applications!!

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