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Tethered Drone Provides Surveillance for Champions League Final

By Mike Ball / 18 Jun 2019
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Elistair Safe-T drone tether system at Champions League Final

Elistair has announced that its Safe-T tethered drone station was used by Madrid police forces during the UEFA Champions League Final for traffic monitoring, crowd control, and global surveillance. The station was used in conjunction with UMILES Group’s multirotor U06 Plus UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle).

During the 64th season of Europe’s premier club football tournament, Madrid welcomed 200,000 fans on its streets and more than 67,000 in the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium. In response to the heightened terrorist threat level in Spain, authorities conducted the largest security operation ever for any sporting event in the Spanish capital. The response included 4700 police officers, civil protection teams, firefighters and paramedics on standby and for the first time, a drone piloted by UMILES Global Solutions teams, and tethered to Elistair’s Safe-T station. Police Director Francisco Pardo said this was probably the largest deployment ever made to ensure public safety, and that aerial control of the surroundings and coordination in real time via a drone was a unique capability.

Deployed close to the stadium, the UMILES drone was tethered to Elistair’s Safe-T station to provide extended flight time. Continuously supplied with power, the drone maintained its position at a 50 meter elevation for 8 consecutive hours. Watching over the stadium surroundings and 3000-space car park, it provided authorities with real-time images of the crowd and vehicle movements, considerably aiding the decision-making process and coordination of security teams.

The National Police had instant access to the drone images through a fibre connection and directly communicated with UMILES pilots to monitor the camera and control the main highways and streets leading to the stadium, as well as the crowd movements and the entrances of the Wanda Metropolitano.

José Calcedo, UMILES Group Commercial Director, said: “National Police needed eyes in the sky to control the Stadium surroundings during the 8 hours deployment. The tethering system was the key to achieving this mission and maintaining our drone in the air for so long in the safest conditions, all the more since we had to fly day and night, with buildings very close, a lot of people walking around and helicopters flying in the same area. It is the first time a drone company has been allowed to fly in such conditions. This would not have been made possible without the Safe-T tether.”

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