Police drones are closer to being independent, not relying on pilots and dedicated solely to capturing images.

This is demonstrated in the Czech Republic, where they have presented a technology that would allow drones to decide what is normal and what is not, sending a message to the controller, who would decide what action to take.

They are drones with the ability to detect suspicious behavior, a surveillance system that analyzes drone images in a similar way to how the human brain does.

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The project is the result of research carried out between the Brno University of Technology and the Police of the Czech Republic. They use a system used with neural networks to decode data, and they can use it for both surveillance and crowd control, as well as traffic management.

To work, the drone images are divided into smaller "cells". Each cell is analyzed independently and a standard behavior model is created in the given environment, to compare the anomalies later.

The drone learns and runs the program in real-time, which makes it very effective when immediate action is needed.

To prove it, they filmed a football field and asked the players to suddenly lie on the ground. The drone alerted that something weird was going on. That's handy for cases of kidnappings, terrorism, muggings, and more.

The problem is that there can be a lot of false positives, so it is possible to set the sensitivity level until the drones are smarter and can check if something weird is happening or if someone has simply crouched down to tie their shoes.

The Czech police will now start their own tests to see the efficiency of this system.

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