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URAVS Workshop Meeting Notes



Click the image above to view briefing notes from the May 19, 2016 Unmanned Vehicle (Drone) Workshop for Mississippi Public Sector Agencies.

The Open Technology Center (OTC), a Mississippi-based non-profit organization, has received federal funding to assist government agencies in rural communities acquire and operate unmanned vehicle systems to support law enforcement, emergency management and critical infrastructure protection and maintenance objectives in these areas.

Initial program activities will focus on communities within the 13 counties in south Mississippi which make up the State's Fourth Congressional District and will be conducted at OTC facilities located at Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center (CSJFTC) new Hattiesburg, MS.  Future activities will include agencies from across the state and ultimately across the nation.

The primary objective of Phase I activities is to identify specific benefits and challenges of using unmanned vehicle systems in rural communities.  OTC has distributed a survey to participating public safety, public service and public administration representatives within the area.  Data collected from survey results will establish a baseline of information regarding current use and future interest in using unmanned systems.  

The Unmanned Remote / Autonomous Vehicle Systems (URAVS) program is sponsored by the Department of Defense's Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) and the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T).