Spain’s Renfe rail company to use drones in security upgrade
Spain’s national rail company, Renfe, is moving to counter intrusions along its lines, and theft and vandalism of its rolling and stationary assets, by deploying drones to monitor activity over several critical sections of its network.
Renfe has put out a $36.6 million tender to providers of drone services to reinforce existing closed circuit video surveillance and routine human patrols of rail lines. Plans call for the future partner to carry out an initial 76,720 hours of flights keeping watch of tracks, stations, and maintenance and production facilities.
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The presence of drones – which may be deployed at any time during shifts – will serve to deter people entering banned areas along rails or Renfe work sites, and provide visual evidence against intruders, thieves, or vandals who do access them. The company decided to move ahead with the aerial tech addition to its previous…