Harris County’s Drone Fleet Catches Illegal Garbage Dumping in Houston

The state of Texas has familiarized itself with unmanned aerial systems quite thoroughly over the past few years. Most recently, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) launched a drone program focused on aerial crash scene analysis in Austin, the very same city that law enforcement utilized drones for aerial risk-assessment in apprehending the Austin bomber. While car crashes and nihilistic murderers are certainly viable reasons for efficient drone use, Houston has found the UAV to be an excellent solution for an entirely different problem: illegal garbage dumping.

The City Council recently voted to grant 22 additional surveillance cameras to Harris County’s nearly 150 existing units to combat the purportedly extensive illegal dumping, according to The Houston Chronicle. Ever succinctly named Precinct 1, it currently runs a $600,000 program which includes a fleet of UAVs and numerous full-time employees

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