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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Spy drones: Coming to a highway near you?

Sure, this story is from the U.K., but since some highways already warn of speeder surveillance by aircraft, spy drones would be no surprise at all here.
Police in the UK are planning to use unmanned spy drones, controversially deployed in Afghanistan, for the ­"routine" monitoring of antisocial motorists, ­protesters, agricultural thieves and fly-tippers, in a significant expansion of covert state surveillance.
The arms manufacturer BAE Systems, which produces a range of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for war zones, is adapting the military-style planes for a consortium of government agencies led by Kent police.
I've been surprised that RFID chips haven't been placed in license plates yet.  This would eliminate the need to have a separate IPass unit for the toll roads, and make it simpler to do those cameras at intersections.