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Published December 31, 2013, 04:31 PM

Mixed feelings from public on UAS test siting

Grand Forks was announced on Monday to become a test site for UAS. For many this is exciting, but for some this can be worrisome as there are privacy concerns when it comes to unmanned systems.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

Grand Forks was announced on Monday to become a test site for UAS. For many this is exciting, but for some this can be worrisome as there are privacy concerns when it comes to unmanned systems.

UND has been incorporating public concerns by establishing a UAS research compliance committee. The committee is filled with UND staff, Law enforcement, and city residents and is the only one in the country, according to members. Any sort of organization looking to use UAS must go through this compliance committee they must address what the UAS will be used for and why the committee can either grant them permission to fly UAS or even deny them access to the sky.

Barry Milavetz, UAS Research Compliance Committee says, "The bottom line is that I think that the committee is designed to alay the fears of the community."

The committee currently has 5 protocols in which UAS are allowed to be used. Those include analyzing a crime or traffic accident, disaster scene assessment, much like the recent train derailment in Casselton, missing person search and suspect search.

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