- Man reportedly denied refugee status after officials fail to forward email 2 Years Ago
- ‘Jojo Rabbit’ star to lead Disney+ ‘Home Alone’ reboot 2 Years Ago
- Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland were harassed by Jagged Edge as teens, Mathew Knowles says 2 Years Ago
- White nationalist Nick Fuentes is upset MTV aired his white nationalist views 2 Years Ago
- Juice WRLD had secret drug-littered Instagram, according to his ex-girlfriend Today 11:10 AM
- Jersey City suspect posted anti-Semitic, anti-police materials online Today 10:30 AM
- Novaruu was banned from Twitch for 3 days—and she can’t understand why Today 10:12 AM
- Pete Buttigieg swears he’s not in the CIA Today 9:28 AM
- Greta Thunberg named ‘Time’ 2019 person of the year Today 9:28 AM
- The best gear and gadget gifts for Dad this holiday season Today 7:30 AM
- The 10 most important sci-fi films of the 2010s Today 7:00 AM
- Netflix advances beyond testosterone-fueled anime with subdued ‘Levius’ Today 6:00 AM
- Influencer accused of selling shirt she was supposed to promote Tuesday 8:42 PM
- Jameela Jamil dragged for comparing reproductive rights to landlord rights Tuesday 6:54 PM
- Trump campaign posts Thanos meme, totally misses point of ‘Endgame’ Tuesday 5:58 PM
In a document released Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security revealed it would release a tethered unmanned aircraft system when the president visits Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster in August.
The agency said it will test a proof-of-concept to determine the potential of using drones to protect the president. The device is set to fly autonomously at an altitude of 300-400 feet, eyeing the perimeter of the nearly 7,000-yard course. It will use eletro-optical and infrared cameras to look for threats, and it will be powered by a micro-filament tether—which enables the drone to stay in the air indefinitely while moving data from the air to the ground via a wired connection.
The drone is being tested as part of the Secret Service’s efforts to tie several types of UAVs and tethered systems into its overhead security efforts. The current method is to use manned aircraft supplied by local, state, or federal government agencies. These are often too loud and don’t provide consistent coverage, according to Reuters.
The Secret Service said its drone may fly near private residences, which could lead to privacy violations. It’ll notify everyone at the golf course that the grounds are being monitored by an eye in the sky. However, the agency did admit the risk that some people in range of the drones won’t be aware of their presence.
H/T the Guardian
Phillip Tracy is a former technology staff writer at the Daily Dot. He's an expert on smartphones, social media trends, and gadgets. He previously reported on IoT and telecom for RCR Wireless News and contributed to NewBay Media magazine. He now writes for Laptop magazine.