Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Other Train Spotters and the Drones Who Will Catch Them

Germany - Small drones could soon be spying on vandals under plans announced by Germany's national railway company Deutsche Bahn. The idea is to use airborne infrared cameras to film people spraying graffiti and then use the images as evidence in court.

The drones can fly at altitudes of up to 150 metres and travel at up to 54 kilometres per hour.

Deutsche Bahn said it suffered property damage worth 7.6 million euros ($10 million) from people spray-painting its carriages last year.

The rail operator said it would only use the drones over its own depots, not in public areas, in line with German anti-surveillance laws. (more)

Better idea... Take high resolution photos of the best graffiti, make 1:1 prints and sell them at art galleries around the world—"Authentic Deutsche Bahn Train Art". ~Kevin