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Curo Housing to monitor tenants using remote-controlled worker drones

Fly on the wall | 05.03.2015 07:40 | Analysis | Policing | Technology | London | World

Curo, the not-for-profit housing & support organisation based in Bath, is becoming one of the first in the country to look at using drones as part of its tenant management tool kit.

A Manager for Curo Housing, said that they ‘like to be on top of current technology. They had seen other not-for-profit organisations using it such as the British Army and getting good results, so it seemed like the logical next step.’

Curo Housing currently manages and maintains 12,000 tenanted properties.

The Manager was very impressed with the set of stills from the 1st test flight: ‘In terms of quality, it did everything that it needed to. You could see every detail you needed to see.’ The new technology was first tested on their office staff before being deployed further afield:

At Curo we are always looking for ways to improve our management skills This new technology affords us the opportunity to collate large amounts of data on our tenants and also make significant savings that we can pass on to our senior management team’.

Though there are many regulations drones will have to adhere to in order to start working (such as not being flown within 50 metres of an individual and always being piloted by a qualified operator), Curo seem to be positive of the potential. The Manager explained how this would allow Curo to ‘keep their options open’ but if the results work; it should ‘make a lot of sense to pursue this’.

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