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IDES 2023 - A Milestone for Drone Technology in Public Safety

Welcome to the Golden State: Where Sunshine Meets Innovation. The city of Chula Vista, California, played host to an event that will be remembered as a pivotal moment in the intersection of public safety and drone technology. INTERPOL Drone Expert Summit (IDES), held on October 23-24, 2023, was an extraordinary gathering of experts, enthusiasts, and professionals, all united by their shared passion for the future of public safety.

At the heart of IDES was the innovative concept of Drone as First Responder (DFR). The event aimed to showcase how drones can play a leading role in emergency response scenarios, transforming the way we handle crises and save lives. With technology evolving at a breakneck pace, IDES provided a platform for cutting-edge ideas, insights, and discussions on the subject.

Highlights of IDES 2023


  1. Keynote Addresses: The event kicked off with a series of captivating keynote addresses by thought leaders in the field of drone technology. Their speeches set the tone for the event, emphasizing the importance of integrating drones into our emergency response operations.
  2. Live Demonstrations: Attendees were treated to jaw-dropping live demonstrations of drones in action. From search and rescue operations to reconnaissance, these demonstrations left no doubt about the potential of DFR in the real world.
  3. Panel Discussions: Interactive panels allowed experts and attendees to engage in lively discussions and brainstorming sessions. Topics ranged from the multifaceted role of drones to regulatory challenges and technological advancements, ensuring that all aspects of DFR were explored.
  4. Networking Opportunities: IDES 2023 provided an invaluable platform for attendees to connect, share ideas, and build new professional relationships. The event encouraged collaboration between public safety personnel, drone technology experts, and tech innovators.
  5. Drone Technology Expo: The expo floor was a buzzing hive of activity, featuring the latest drone technologies, accessories, and solutions. Attendees could get hands-on experience with cutting-edge drones and explore the latest innovations in the field.

Announcing New Features and Integrations for Our Platform

IDES 2023 wasn't just about discussing the potential of drones in public safety; it was also the perfect stage for announcing exciting new features and integrations for our platform. As the event unfolded, the crowd was abuzz with anticipation, eager to learn about the latest advancements that would propel DFR technology to new heights.


Cutting Edge Features and Integrations Unveiled

  1. Dock Integration: With our Dock Integration,  public safety agencies can now seamlessly use the DJI dock to automatically launch, control, and recover their aircraft, simplifying the entire process of launching and retrieving drones.
  2. Airspace Awareness: With the new Airspace Awareness integration, DroneSense provides agencies with real-time insights about the airspace where their drones are operating.
  3. Terrain Following: The Terrain Following feature allows drones to maintain a consistent altitude above the ground, even in areas with varying topography; this ensures that the drone maintains a safe distance from the ground, obstacles, or changes in elevation, optimizing the quality and safety of aerial data collection.
  4. CoPilot: The CoPilot integration represents a groundbreaking advancement for public safety agencies, allowing personnel to seamlessly stream video, even from blue drones that are not directly integrated with the DroneSense platform.

Suggested Reading: Game-On: DroneSense's New Integrations and Features Take Center Stage

The Future of Public Safety


With these groundbreaking new features and strategic integrations, IDES 2023 proved that the DroneSense platform is not only looking to the future but actively shaping it. These advancements promise to make DFR technology more effective, efficient, and accessible for public safety personnel, further solidifying its role as a critical asset in the realm of emergency response.

In the grand scheme of things, IDES 2023 was not just an event; it was a rallying point for those who believe in the potential of drones to save lives and make our communities safer. As we reflect on the groundbreaking ideas and innovations showcased at IDES 2023, it's clear that we are on the cusp of a new era in public safety, where drones will play a vital role in protecting and serving our communities

To learn more about how you can be an integral part of the future of public safety, don’t hesitate to reach out to our dedicated team.