Police plans to fly a camera-equipped drone over New Year’s Eve celebrations in New York City were ruined by rain.
The NYPD had planned to use a surveillance drone to monitor the annual party in Times Square for the first time.
But police chief Terence Monahan said the drone could not be safely deployed because of heavy rain and wind.
More than a million people celebrated new year at the Times Square event, which went without a hitch.
The NYPD had planned to use its camera drone in addition to deploying thousands of street cameras, officers and other security measures.
The drone was to be tethered to a building so that it could not fall on to the crowd below if something went wrong.
At a press event on 28 December, the force acknowledged that the aircraft might not work well in poor weather conditions.
Police used helicopters instead to keep an eye on the party from above.
The force also deployed “counter-drone technology” to prevent unauthorised aircraft flying over the celebration in Times Square.
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What: The first trailer for The Drone.
Who: Director Jordan Rubin, of Zombeavers fame.
Why we care: The “from hell” genre of horror movies may have peaked in the ’90s. That decade saw filmmakers exploring the dog from hell (Man’s Best Friend), the nanny from hell (The Hand That Rocks the Cradle), and of course the temp from hell (The Temp), along with so many others. In the intervening decades, the horror genre may have grown more sophisticated, but there’s still room for a cheapie throwback flick that updates the formula–and that flick is The Drone.
Look, the title pretty much says it all. It’s a drone and it is out to kill you. However, putting this particular device at the center of a horror movie opens up a whole other can of automated worms. Although the trailer unveils a villain in the form of a ridiculous, bloodthirsty drone (a dead serial killer’s consciousness powers the thing), the overarching idea taps into some very serious and real concerns of modern life. We are surrounded by Siris and Alexas and Apple Watches, and all manner of devices invented to enrich our lives. Even as we get fully adjusted to incorporating AI and wearables into our day-to-day lives, it’s difficult to completely shed any lingering distrust; the sense that somebody could flip a switch and turn all of these devices against us. Add to that the historic lethality of drones, and it’s an inspired subject for a “from hell”-type flick.
Watch the trailer below.
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Update: After this story published, NYPD officials announced that the department will not use drones during the city’s New Year’s Eve celebration due to inclement weather.
Before they pack into Times Square on Monday night, thousands of New Year’s Eve revelers will pass through the kind of intensive security measures that are normally found inside the nation’s airports.
While the crowd will probably be keenly aware of the heavy police presence, bomb-sniffing dogs and metal-sensing hand wands, there is one critical security measure that may escape their notice.
This year — for the first time in the New York Police Department’s history — officials will have a camera-equipped, remote-controlled quadcopter on hand with the ability to buzz above the exuberant crowd.
The drone’s camera will be one of more than 1,200 fixed cameras being used by police at the celebration, according to NBC’s “Today” show. Compared with helicopters, NYPD officials said, the agency’s drones have the ability to get much closer to the crowd.
Some of the department’s drones have been outfitted with powerful cameras with thermal-imaging and 3D-mapping technology, as well as “strong camera lenses that can greatly magnify a subject,” according to the Associated Press.
“That’s going to give us a visual aid and the flexibility of being able to move a camera to a certain spot with great rapidity through a tremendous crowd,” Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller told the AP.
In addition to flying its own drone above Times Square, the department will also be deploying counter-drone technology to keep other drones from flying into the area, according to Bloomberg.
Just because the NYPD’s drones are capable of swooping across the Monday night’s crowd does not mean they necessarily will do so. Chief of Department Terence Monahan told the AP the department’s drone will be relegated to “cordoned-off area” and “tethered to a building” to avoid injury if the vehicle falls from the sky.
“Once it’s up in the air, it will probably be hard to see,” Monahan told the AP.
When the NYPD unveiled its new drone program — known as the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) — earlier this month, the agency outlined several potential uses for the technology. They include search-and-rescue missions, gaining access to crime scenes that would be inaccessible otherwise, or even being used in hostage situations, according to the department.
The NYPD said there are already more than 900 state and local police, fire and emergency units with access to unnamed aerial vehicles.
“As the largest municipal police department in the United States, the NYPD must always be willing to leverage the benefits of new and always-improving technology,” Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill said, according to the announcement. “Our new UAS program is part of this evolution — it enables our highly-trained cops to be even more responsive to the people we serve, and to carry out the NYPD’s critical work in ways that are more effective, efficient, and safe for everyone.”
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- Tokyo Cafe Staffed by Robots Controlled by Paralyzed People — Developed by Ory, a startup that specializes in robotics for disabled people, the OriHime-D is a 120 cm (4-foot) tall robot that can be operated remotely from a paralyzed person’s home. Even if the operator only has control of their eyes, they can command OriHime-D to move, look around, speak with people, and handle objects. (via Dan Hon)
- The Reunion — a new science fiction story about surveillance in China by Chen Qiufan, published in MIT TR.
- Lessons from Running a Small-Scale Electronics Factory in my Guest Bedroom — hardware is hard. Lots of things you only learn by getting amongst it.
- Inter UI — a typeface specially designed for user interfaces with a focus on high legibility of small-to-medium sized text on computer screens.
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