It is generally accepted that drones will play a key role in smart city environments in the near future. Drones will be used in various ways, for several services, like medical, transport and Agricultural services. Next to the use for civil services, they can also be used in emergency cases. Think about infrastructure protection, inspection, forest fire fighting, police augmentation, coastal monitoring, and identifying changes in urban vegetation.
In order to manage all this drone activity, several drone platforms will have to be in operation, all working together.
But also here, a returning subject is the challenge of safety. A city full of drones is a huge risk for a city. The main challenges are:
- Vendors prefer features over security, and consider security as extra cost.
- Integration of a city wide system
Cloud Security Alliance and Securing Smart Cities* have written a report about the subject, called ‘Establishing a safe and secure municipal drone program’.
*) Securing Smart Cities is “a not-for-profit global initiative that aims to solve the existing and future cybersecurity problems of smart cities through collaboration between companies, governments, media outlets, other not-for-profit initiatives and individuals across the world.”