The project, given the go-ahead by the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC), will see Bologna become the first city in the country to experiment with a multi-drone surveillance system.
The drone’s camera can see 14 kilometres into the distance during the day and six kilometres by night.
“In Bologna, the peculiarity is to have a multi-drone system, that is more drones flying at the same time,” said Riccardo Delise, a member of ENAC. “In this sense, it is a unique experimentation.”
Bologna’s city council will decide after six months whether to continue with the scheme.
Orwell’s novel, published in 1949, envisaged a future of perpetual war and a society in which every citizen is under constant surveillance.