Autonomous Drones for Public Safety

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From the leading American drone manufacturer comes the Skydio Original Series: Autonomous Drones for First Responders, a story of first responders facing four different missions while using Skydio drones for support.

Skydio Drones for Public Safety
Episode 1
The Fire
Episode 2
The Rescue
Episode 3
The Pursuit
Episode 4
The Accident
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Public Safety Agencies Trust Skydio

11% of law enforcement and fire fighting fleets fly Skydio drones - DRONERESPONDERS Spring Survey 2020


The Future of Drones for First Responders

Skydio Autonomy unlocks the full power of drones to serve as force multipliers in a variety of missions


Tactical Situational Awareness

Even highly skilled pilots encounter GPS signal failure, making manual drones useless. Skydio’s 360° obstacle avoidance and GPS-denied flight unlocks safe and confident operations in obstacle-rich environments.

“If a suspect runs through a backyard, trying to fly a drone in between buildings, over fences, the Skydio unit definitely helped us out with that.”

- Carl Blando, Boston Police Crime Scene Response Unit

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Search & Rescue

Cover more ground than ever before with a Skydio. Scan the skies from above and fly low in obstacle-dense, hard-to-reach areas such as cliffs, along river banks, into ravines and ditches.

“Close Proximity Obstacle Avoidance allows us to fly our aircraft into tight, complex environments without giving up the safety that normally comes with flying Skydios. We are excited to use it for search and rescue missions”

- Ryan Gifford, Sacramento Metro Fire Department Captain / UAV Program Manager

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Hostile Scene De-escalation

Fly confidently at ground level, around obstacles and indoors using vision-based navigation. Get up close to dangerous situations to get eyes on the scene without putting officers at risk.

“The Skydio 2 was instrumental in bringing about a safe and successful resolution to a 5 1/2 hour barricaded gunman call.”

- Sage Costa, Police Officer, Burlington Police Department

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Incident Scene Reconstruction

Quickly and accurately document scenes pairing your Skydio drone with Skydio 3D Scan. Save on high-end sensors, get better angles on critical evidence, and decrease societal impact thanks to a more efficient process.

“It will help our traffic team generate better 3D models with less training and time spent on drone data capture than ever before.”

- David Cameron, UAS Program Manager, Campbell Police Department

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Unlocking BVLOS Operations with Autonomy

BVLOS operations are critical for public safety, enabling first responders to fly beyond visual range, cover much greater distances, collect more data with fewer deployments, and can keep operators out of dangerous situations.

Skydio’s collaboration with the Chula Vista Police Department led to the FAA’s groundbreaking FAA’s development of the Tactical BVLOS operations approval process for public safety agencies nationwide.


“Close Proximity, Low Altitude flights will enable our drone teams to respond more quickly and efficiently to emergencies—enhancing the safety of the public and our officers. The Skydio Autonomy system enables officers to fly a drone safely and reliably in emergency situations without fear of crashing.”

- Lieutenant Don Redmond, CVPD UAS Commander

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Commitment to the Responsible Use for the Public Safety Community

Skydio takes pride in developing autonomous solutions that our customers and the public at large can trust.

Skydio partnered with DRONERESPONDERS to help develop principles to advance the responsible and effective deployment of first responder drone programs.


The Five C’s: Principles for the Responsible Use of Drones by Public Safety Agencies

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“Leading DOJ’s drone program showed me that the most successful drone programs prioritized community engagement and the protection of privacy and civil liberties. Public safety, after all, is a public trust — and trust is always earned, never given.”

- Brendan Groves, Head of Regulatory and Policy Affairs, Skydio

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Skydio’s 5 As: The Building Blocks for Public Safety Drone Operations

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Stories from Autonomous Drones in the Public Safety Field

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How Next-gen Skydio Autonomous Drones Revolutionize Public Safety

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