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Eagles to Take Down Drones That Pose Threat to Prison Security in UK

Nov 04, 2016 10:38 AM EDT
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Remote-controlled drones are among the most astonishing of latest technological trends. It could entertain anyone, young and old alike. Drones have many uses: it could be used for photography, film, and plain, old entertainment. Interestingly enough, it could be used to secretly transport illicit products to inmates inside prison as well.
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Remote-controlled drones are among the most astonishing of latest technological trends. It could entertain anyone, young and old alike. Drones have many uses: it could be used for photography, film, and plain, old entertainment. Interestingly enough, it could be used to secretly transport illicit products to inmates inside prison as well.

These unmanned flying machines are not that easy to detect, and even high-security prisons are being breached - an issue posing serious threats to national security. It has been reported that there are nationwide incidents of contraband smuggling inside high-security prison throughout the country. One of the most cumbersome problems being faced by U.K. prison security to date, it is a feat they have continuously failed to resolve. Impressively, this is a problem being faced not only in England but also other parts of the world.

During a forum on this issue in the British Parliament, it has been discussed that they are calling forward any ideas regarding the resolution to this possibly threatening security problem. Currently, they are eyeing a solution similar to that being developed by Dutch Police and a company called Guard from Above. What they call as a "low-tech solution to a high-tech problem," majestic eagles are trained to not only detect flying drones but to also catch them.

These birds of prey are expected to snatch tiny rotor-powered drones mid-flight and bring them to their respective owners or, in this case, the police. The Dutch police are investigating possible uses of this system not only in prisons but also in any other places where drones pose possible threats (or terrorism) to the public, such as schools, airports, and many more. Many animal rights activists have already lobbied for the termination of this operation, but authorities have assured that the eagles are in no potential danger.

Though this solution is still in its trial phase, it seem to bring about very promising results, and both the Dutch and British governments are yet to decide on its feasibility. 

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