FLEETS OF DRONES TO COMBAT GRAFFITI ON GERMAN TRAINS

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A fleet of miniature helicopter drones mounted with thermal imaging cameras are to be deployed to combat graffiti-spraying gangs on the German railway network.

The drones, which fly at an altitude of 150 metres, will be used at graffiti hot spots such as the big German cities of Berlin, Leipzig, Cologne and Hamburg, a spokesman for Deutsche Bahn confirmed.

The use of drones against vandals is the latest indication of the growing civilian market for unmanned aerial reconnaissance. More than 400 drone systems were being developed by firms based in Europe, according to a European Union report in September.

The drones cost €60,000 ($80,500) each and are made by German firm Microdrones, which also markets the machines for landscape photogra...