Of Course Florida Might Deploy Drones To Combat Mosquitoes

Take any completely outlandish idea and put the word Florida in the same sentence and all of a sudden it makes a lot more sense. The state, known for its roaming gangs of blood-sucking mosquitoes, is hoping to take to the skies to help battle the menace by using camera-equipped drones to spot shallow pools of water where the insects breed and reproduce.This month members of the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District will be testing the plausibility of using a hawk-like drone equipped with an infrared camera to spot areas where standing water is probably serving as a high-output nursery for mosquitoes. Since the drone can stay aloft for up to 90 minutes it will be used to locate and geotag hotspots up and down the state that can be later treated with larvicide, wiping out mosquitoes before they mature and become a flying menace.Of course drones dont come cheap, but an autonomous vehicle that can fly low enough to the ground to be an effective spotter is still considerably more affordable in the long run than a human-piloted aircraft. But hey, given who were dealing with, maybe we should just be glad theyre not napalming the whole state with pesticide. [KeysNet via IEEE Spectrum]

via Of Course Florida Might Deploy Drones To Combat Mosquitoes.

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I have over (24) years of Computer Aided Drafting & Design experience and over (16) years of IT experience. After graduating high school I attended a Technical College and earned an Associate Degree in Drafting & Design. I then enrolled at the University of Puerto Rico where I earned an A.S. in Civil Engineering Technologies. While attending the Univ. of Puerto Rico I worked as a freelance Drafter for a variety of architects and engineers. During my senior year I began to work for the firm Planning Management & Development in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Two years later I was offered the position at Mario Corsino & Associates, which later became InterGroup a medium size Civil Engineering, Architectural and Planning firm in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. At InterGroup I became assistant chief drafter where I was responsible for 20+ drafters & civil techs, and this is also where I began my IT training. In 2000 I decided to move to St. Petersburg, FL where I was hired as CAD Manager at Advanced Engineering & Design a small Civil Engineering firm established in 1998. Currently still employed by Advanced Engineering & Design I’m now the CAD/IT Manager. I have also continued to expand my knowledge base in both the IT & CADD fields through continued training, certifications, and attending Autodesk University. I’m currently an Autodesk Certified Professional proficient in AutoCAD, Civil 3D and various other Autodesk products. I have been the President of the Tampa Bay Autodesk Users Group (TBAUG) since late 2007 and a member of Autodesk Users Group International (AUGI) since 1996. I have an A.S. Degree in Computer Networking , a Bachelors of Applied Science in Technology Management and currently finishing work on my Masters in Computer Information Systems. I’m a licensed drafter in the US Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and a Microsoft Certified Professional. I hold certificates as a Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Server Administrator, Cisco Networking Associate Professional and Linux Administrator.
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