Government cable channel adding drones to repertoire
Fairfax County Television Channel 16 will purchase a drone and camera to obtain aerial footage of county parks, buildings, facilities and historic landmarks, following unanimous approval March 22 by the Board of Supervisors.
Supervisors on Feb. 18 authorized non-public-safety county agencies to operate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) programs. The Communications Productions Division of the Department of Cable and Consumer Services, which runs Channel 16, intends to implement such a program in coordination with the one managed by the Department of Emergency Management and Security.
Aerial videos obtained by Channel 16 will enhance county television programs highlighting county services, officials said.
“The operational benefit is visually showing locations in geographical context within the county,” wrote Rebecca Makely, acting director of the Department of Cable and Consumer Services, in a Feb. 18 memorandum to county supervisors.
County employees will endeavor to…