Australia to beef up technology for drone 'crackdown'

Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) plans to roll out new drone monitoring equipment at major airports across the
Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) plans to roll out new drone monitoring equipment at major airports across the country next month.

Australia will introduce new surveillance technology for a "crackdown" on drones next year, aviation authorities said Monday, as concerns mount over their increasing prevalence in public areas.

Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) plans to roll out new monitoring equipment at major airports across the country next month.

The technology has the ability to identify a drone, its serial number and the location of the controller while in flight, CASA communications manager Peter Gibson told AFP.

"We can identify therefore who is flying it," he said.

The technology, coupled with new registration requirements, will "dramatically" change the way rules relating to drones are enforced, Gibson added.

"2019 will be a drone safety crackdown," he said.

While the new equipment has been in planning for some time, the incident last week at London's Gatwick airport—which saw nearly 140,000 passengers affected by three days of disruption after reports of drone sightings—"highlights the importance of having this capability", Gibson said.

Officials will also roll out a drone registration scheme in mid-2019, so that authorities can better track who is flying them and advise of proper safety precautions.

The new mobile tracking will be used in "known drone hotspots" like the Sydney Harbour Bridge, which has seen a concerning rise of drones operating in a restricted area, Gibson said.

Authorities will have greater powers to conduct checks, he said, and increased ability to issue fines of up to Aud$10,000 (USD$7,000) for those in breach of the rules.

"In 2019 it could be very expensive doing the wrong thing with your ," Gibson said.

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Dec 24, 2018
Hold on, one damn minute!
I need to contemplate this.

The drones were developed to be used for surveillance?

Now the instigators for advanced drones are complaining that they need some way to keep an eye on the spy in the sky?

Ahahahaha! That is not just ridiculous but outright achieving "ludicrous speed" parody of the Police State paranoia.

Yeah, the acronym agency buffoons thought they could let the jinn out of the bottle? & retain any semblance of control?

Well, if their long, prior history of bungling technology with their secret circuitry & backdoor programming are an indication of probable results?

It'll be a real three-ring circus with all those competing agencies sabotaging each others efforts.

It will reach all new levels of slapstick horror when they mix in the Artificial Stupids, they keep threatening us with.

Dec 24, 2018
Probably not a bad idea. If a plane sucks one of these there could be a disaster. And there are crime and terrorism concerns as well. New technologies require new rules to regulate them.

Dec 25, 2018
Frankly & Ernestly. Hell if I know!

& how many of those modern crimes & terrorisms are made possible by new technology?

Requiring expanding the police state yo meet "potential" threats? Yet the old crimes still keep on giving the gift of social decay.

Instead of addressing the issues to resolve social problems? Spend more money on fancy gimmicks to protect us against what doesn't exist... Until we criminalize whatever it is, whoever it is, we are conditioned to newly fear.

So that we take the opportunity to encourage new problems enough to justify spending on the newly fancier gimmicks & gadgets.

It's just business as usual. What is important are the profits to be made. Civil Rights & Humanism, Moral & Ethical behavior are redundant to needs.

Dec 25, 2018
We have a crisis created by our deep knowledge of physics and our superficial knowledge of psychology. We can make nuclear weapons but we can't make people who won't use them for the flimsiest of excuses.

This being the case, we have no choice but to endure disasters and see many people killed, force psychotherapy or psychiatric drugs on the unwilling, or to attempt to limit and control these technologies.

There are significant human rights issues involved with forcing psychotherapy-- not to mention forced administration of psychiatric drugs, which given the limited state of our understanding of psychology, not to mention psychochemistry are bound to be limited in effectiveness-- upon those who would not willingly accept it.

Which do you choose? Limit and monitor the technologies, or force psychological and psychiatric therapy upon the unwilling?

Dec 25, 2018
As for forced psychology, remember the old joke that has a nasty barb in it:

Q: How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Only one, but the light bulb has to really want to change.

Dec 25, 2018
Then go watch 12 Monkeys. Or read Lord of Light.

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