Kalispell examines the use of drones, other technologies
City of Kalispell staff will break down some of the city’s most advanced technology in a Monday night working session with City Council.
Jason Singleton is a specialist who works on many high tech initiatives in several city departments. On Monday, he will make a presentation to council on the city’s use of drones and geographic information systems, or GIS mapping.
Various municipal departments use GIS to create, manage, analyze and map data. Benefits of the technology, according to board meeting documents, include streamlining workflow and increasing public access to data.
Last month, Kalispell added a GIS “hub” to the city’s website to provide public access to all city GIS functionality in one place, including crime statistics, snow plow routes and building permits.
On Monday, city experts will discuss uses of GIS for internal staff and public operations, as well as ways the technology could be used in policing, planning, public works, and parks and recreation.
GIS specialist Angie Thomas will discuss topics such as using GIS data for utilities and other asset management programs; access real-time infrastructure data and save drawings; and provide public access to map resources.
The city council will also learn how the city uses remote-controlled drones.
Kalispell implemented its drone program in 2017. The city uses drones to collect map images, perform volume calculations, perform 3D models, and record video of urban projects, such as the ongoing construction of the Parkline Trail .
The town periodically uploads videos which provide visual updates on the progress of the trail.
The Federal Aviation Administration regulates when and where drones can be flown, as well as training and certification requirements. There are specific guidelines for flying drones over people and motor vehicles, which Singleton will describe on Monday.
The working session will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Kalispell Town Hall, 201 First Avenue East.
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