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Old October 29 2013, 07:00 AM   #16
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Re: GPS tracking projectile

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The real answer to your question is that cops already use real helicopters for that purpose.
The advantage of a quadcopter over a helicopter (aside from fitting places a helicopter can't, like a tunnel or parking garage) is that they can be carried by any squad car for quick deployment as needed.
Which brings us back to training costs of flying all these quadcopters.
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Old October 29 2013, 03:22 PM   #17
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Re: GPS tracking projectile

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The real answer to your question is that cops already use real helicopters for that purpose.
The advantage of a quadcopter over a helicopter (aside from fitting places a helicopter can't, like a tunnel or parking garage) is that they can be carried by any squad car for quick deployment as needed.
Which brings us back to training costs of flying all these quadcopters.
Perhaps I should clarify----they can be deployed by any squad car. Once they're in the air, they can be piloted by someone back at headquarters.

If a squad car has a voice link back to base, there's no reason they can't also have a data link.
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Old October 29 2013, 09:26 PM   #18
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If a squad car has a voice link back to base, there's no reason they can't also have a data link.
Voice and remote control (with video) have radically different needs. And if you think we have the RF bandwidth to spare, you should take your technical breakthrough to the FCC, or at least the patent office.

Or you could solve the bandwidth problem by lacing the entire city with cameras and microphoNeS (And tap cell phones, etc.) so that a fugitive couldn't possibly evade detection.

Ben Franklin didn't think much of the idea, though.
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If a squad car has a voice link back to base, there's no reason they can't also have a data link.
Voice and remote control (with video) have radically different needs. And if you think we have the RF bandwidth to spare, you should take your technical breakthrough to the FCC, or at least the patent office.
Remote control costs the least by far. Streaming video does, of course, use more bandwidth than voice, but we know it's feasible (people do it every day over LTE). Whether or not the existing police radio infrastructure is sufficient is an entirely different question.
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