Report: Drones Have Wide Government Uses In NC

A new report suggests the state and local governments in North Carolina could use drone aircraft for everything from law enforcement and hurricane recovery to tourism promotion and monitoring wildlife.

The report issued by State Chief Information Officer Chris Estes concludes that governments in the state should pursue the use of drone technology. But it added there are safety, privacy and data security issues to be addressed.

State lawmakers had directed Estes and the Department of Transportation to evaluate whether there is a need for the use of drone technology by governments in the state and, if so, to begin planning for it.

The report concluded there are many potential benefits for government use of drones and that they are less expensive to operate and less risky than manned flights.