Unmanned aerial vehicles are already an indispensable part of our lives, and they are becoming increasingly important. Professional drone operators not only include security agencies such as the police, but also fire departments, the German Federal Agency Technisches Hilfswerk (THW) and other aid organizations that use drones and thermal imaging cameras, for example, to search for people who have been injured in accidents.
Almost fifty exhibitors will be displaying a wide range of drones, services for drone operators, and mission examples at AERO 2022.
On the first two days of the trade show, AERO will offer a platform for the exchange of information between drone operators, manufacturers, and authorities with the specialist event being organized by the Baden-Württemberg Police and the Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK). The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Association, UAV DACH, and the CURPAS research network are providing support.
In addition to public lectures and discussions, there will also be presentations in the Police Forum, which may only be attended by police officers.
AERO organizers Roland Bosch and Tobias Bretzel explain: “After the successful start in 2019, we are now looking forward to the second edition at this year's AERO Friedrichshafen. The concept of a trade exhibition and symposium supported by the trusting and professional cooperation with the Baden-Württemberg Police and the BBK is convincing all along the line.”
Drone support for rescue forces
The topic of civil defense and disaster control has gained renewed importance, and not only as a result of recent events. In the event of a disaster, drones can quickly support rescue forces and helpers without the need for a large infrastructure.
"The BBK is pleased to be an official partner of one of the leading trade fairs for civil aviation - AERO - for the first time, together with the Baden-Württemberg police. In addition to its own booth, the BBK is co-hosting the symposium ‘UAS in government and public services’. In it, experts from aviation and civil protection will present further developments and current findings from the fields of law, operational tactics, risk management, research and inter-organizational cooperation, among others," says BBK Vice President Dr. Thomas Herzog.
In another example of the growing use of UAV technology by law enforcement, Police Scotland became the first UK police force to implement UAV video technology with the capability to live-stream from drones and helicopters earlier this month.