Monday, August 21, 2017

Ural police use surveillance balloons

To help police maintain public order during the May Day protests, the Ural police employed a high-altitude surveillance system using cameras and balloons.

According to Sverdlovsk regional police spokesman Valery Gorelykh, the unconventional system is called Eye-1 and is comprised of closed circuit television cameras mounted on special high-tech balloons. During the May Day protests, the balloons hovered at an altitude of approximately 200 meters, JustMedia reports.

"To those who are going to commit an offense or crime in a public place, you must now think carefully before you break the law. The police now have a reliable tool which can see everything from the heights," Valeriy Gorelykh said, according to JustMedia.

The aerial surveillance system was first proposed by Mikhail Borodin, the chief of research affairs of Russia in the Sverdlovsk Oblast region, who established a special aviation unit to manage the new police balloons.

Because the two holidays involve mass citizen participation, the Sverdlovsk regional police have increased police shifts to 12 hours for 25 percent of personnel between April 30 and May 10.