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February 16, 2012

Arlington "drone" consortium to launch Feb. 27

The Unmanned Aerial Surveillance Consortium, an effort spearheaded by 15 corporate and government partners including the city of Arlington and University of Texas at Arlington, will be formally launched Feb. 27. Wes Jurey, chairman of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, said the consortium's goal is to develop commercial applications of unmanned aerial vehicles. He said UTA "will be part of the research to develop experimental models" and use access to the Department of Defense database of patents related to UAVs to make use of existing technology. The effort is an outgrowth of the Arlington Police Department's recent efforts to explore the use of UAVs, which Jurey says includes the only permit in the nation allowing UAV flights over densely populated urban areas. For more information, call 817-543-4295.

-- Jim Fuquay

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