City of Tucker Exploring New Drone Technology

TUCKER, Ga. (September 6, 2018) – The City of Tucker is going hi-tech in a new effort to expand and expedite operations at City Hall. In partnership with Information Technology provider InterDev, the City has acquired use of a drone that will be used in communications efforts, as well as in a pilot program for building inspections.

“We are excited to bring this technology to Tucker,” said City GIS Analyst Tunan Hu. “With this drone, we will be able to get crystal clear aerial images of our parks assets and our commercial areas. It will truly help in the effort to market Tucker by displaying it in a way few people have seen before.”

Hu recently became the first member of the City Hall staff to obtain his FAA Remote Pilot certificate, meaning he has all the knowledge and training needed to safely operate the craft.

In addition to aerial shots of Tucker, the City’s Building and Permitting Department hopes the technology could soon be synergized into its building inspections.

“We’ve been looking at this type of technology for a while,” explained City Building Official Josh Roth. “Climbing ladders to get up and inspect the roof of a building poses certain safety risks and is a slow process. With drone inspections, we can complete the work safely and much more quickly. That means greater efficiency, which means less wait time for contractors who need to get these inspections done.”

The drone is a DJI Mavic Pro and was purchased by InterDev, who provides IT and GIS services for the City of Tucker.

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