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Creepy Surveillance News O Day- 2 Flying Saucers to Spy on People In Milan, Italy

10 June 2007 at 2:17:07 PM

Helicopter-mounted cameras will monitor city streets and squares, seeking out unlicensed waste dumps and building sites. Drone-like devices with video game-style controls.
MILAN – It’s silent, almost invisible and operates by day and night.It can even see and film in the dark. People are calling it a “spy in the sky” but it actually looks more like a flying saucer. Its four sets of rotors humming, the spy-copter rises off the ground, its outline so faint that it melts into the background when it’s only thirty metres up in the air.In the spy in the sky’s belly is a microcamerathat takes photographs and filmsto monitor traffic and, in particular, for security purposes.In the next few weeks, the flying camera will be buzzing overhead as Milan residents go about their business. It’s the latest and most futuristic step in the march of metropolitan security. But it is also emblematic of the nightmare of a city under non-stop surveillance.
The miniature helicopter exploits the same technology as drones, the pilotless aircraft used in military operations or for spying.The two units purchased by Milan’s city authorities will reinforce a system of video surveillance so extensive that it is comparable elsewhere in Europe only to London’s. In flight, the cameras are operated like a video game.In fact, the American Air Force is considering recruiting X-Box generation pilots who have spent years twiddling the controls of a game console.That’s the first problem for the technicians in Milan:training.Exercises are under way and the first operational flights will take place soon.The objective isto monitor and identify disused dump sites, unlicensed building work and run-down areas in suburbs, streets and squares.For the time being, it is not planned to use the spy in the sky during demonstrations.Metropolitan trials of the devices began last March in Liverpool, at the suggestion of the local police force, which hopes to use the spy-copters in investigations.Helicopters from the same German manufacturer are being used in both Liverpool and Milan.The models, too, are identical, featuring an 80-centimetre circular profile and a central camera mounting. One battery gives the device half an hour’s flying time.

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