VIDEO: DGT’s drones capture everything and you don’t even know it
You do not see them, but they are there closely monitoring the circulation. In mid-2017, the DGT made public its then new Strategic Plan for Air Resources where these drones appeared for the first time and, since then, they are a means of surveillance widely used especially in large traffic operations (holidays, holidays and when there are some specific event) and in high-risk areas.
Operation can be summarized in six steps.
- Choose the section to monitor. The area is agreed between the provincial heads of Traffic, the Control Centers of the DGT and the subsectors of the Traffic Group of the Civil Guard.
- Establish a secure base. The drone or drones are moved in a van and the base of operations is located near the section to be monitored. There, what is called a windsock is placed, which allows you to control the direction and speed of the wind so that they do not affect the flight of the drone.
- Assemble and check. The fundamental thing is to calibrate the device and the cameras that will serve to monitor the circulation and capture and record possible infractions. Once the battery is installed, the unit is ready for the mission.
- Fly over and observe. The drone flies over the vicinity of the road at the point or points where surveillance is requested (for example, a crossing regulated by a STOP). The infractions are recorded on computer support on the equipment that moves the Air Resources Unit.
- Notify the complaint. Depending on the availability, or not, a patrol of the Civil Guard Traffic Group it is located in the vicinity of the guarded road and, in the event of an infraction, it detains the responsible driver and they notify him of the opening of the sanctioning file in situ.
This year, the fleet of traffic surveillance drones will increase with the addition of 28 more units. Of the total, 20 will be used for surveillance tasks and the remaining eight will be used in training activities for agents.
Kike Ruiz April 1, 2021 – 09:00 a.m.