Drug manufacturing and plant accidents can cause hazardous situations for civilians. To detect drug labs, cultivation sites or elevated levels of toxins at plants, the police use two different types of sensors. Heat sensors display the degree of heat in a location whereas gas sniffers measure the level of toxins in the air.
Traditionally, the police employ helicopters to perform heat-sensing or gas sniffing operations. However, the disadvantages of helicopters are, that they are very costly and require professional staff. In addition, the noise that the helicopters produce enables criminals to anticipate on detection by turning off the electrics.
A novel solution to these issues is employing unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). These systems can be equipped with a camera, heat sensors and gas sniffers to identify hazardous situations at cultivation and production sites or above industrial areas. As opposed to helicopters, UAS are much cheaper, can be deployed at any time and have a very low noise footprint.