Ireland to deploy drones to battle sea-based drug smuggling
Drug traffickers accustomed to exploiting Ireland’s enormous coastline and limited naval resources to police it are set to soon find their work complicated by the deployment of drones equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) peering down from on high.
Development and deployment of AI-packing drones to battle Ireland’s drug trafficking scourge are part of the Guard Project the government adopted last year. The initiative is looking to companies developing new and disruptive technologies to resolve problems the nation faces. As part of that effort bringing business and university researchers together, the program will test a specially produced UAV to scan coastal waters from the sky to identify transfers of material between boats, or other atypical activity smugglers often engage in.
To enable that, Ireland’s drone sector and related tech companies are readying tailor-made UAVs whose AI will permit automated deployment and machine interpretation of…