With campus safety and security in mind, engineering students at The University of Alabama in Huntsville are working with the campus police department to perfect unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technologies for use on-campus, Robotics Tomorrow reports. “The UAH Police Department is pleased to be associated with the Systems Management and Production Center in a partnership that is exploring realistic and effective uses for small UAVs in day to day law enforcement and security operations on the campus,” said Chief Michael Snellgrove. “We believe the technology may be incredibly useful and offers us a wide range of possible applications. We intend to review these applications and look for every possible way to take advantage of the available technology. Ultimately our objective is to enhance our ability to make UAH an even more secure place to study, live, work and visit.” … Led by Steven Forney, a SMAP research associate, student designers are working with police to develop UAVs using a combination of university designed and off the shelf technologies that would aid the university in the event of a disaster, fire or on-campus criminal offense, said Norven Goddard, a principal research scientist with SMAP.

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