Catch ’em on the fly

Sunday Times - - Insight -

A drone team con­sists of a pi­lot and a sen­sor op­er­a­tor who mon­i­tors the cam­era footage. One team, pi­lot Ryan Col­lier and op­er­a­tor Rebecca Taukobong, started their drone-fly­ing part­ner­ship at a game lodge. Now they are up at night, mon­i­tor­ing train lines. Taukobong says the work is fas­ci­nat­ing. She has spot­ted crimes and as­sisted in ar­rests daily since mov­ing to Cape Town.

“It was re­ward­ing to work with the an­i­mals,” she says. “And now we are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in pas­sen­ger safety. Pa­trolling with a drone cam­era is so ef­fec­tive be­cause we can spot crim­i­nals be­fore or as the crime hap­pens. It is a huge suc­cess. Sus­pects must won­der how they were spot­ted. They don’t know we are the eye in the sky.”

Rebecca Taukobong and Ryan Col­lier.

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