The Alliance Drone Team, one of the UK’s largest police unmanned aviation systems (UAS) programmes, has been able to expand and effectively manage operations covering almost 5000 square miles, thanks to Centrik.
The operational management system – the only one of its type approved by Regulators to manage both manned and unmanned operations – has easily and effective coordinated activity for almost 50 police UAS pilots across South West England.
A collaboration between Devon and Cornwall Police and Dorset Police, the Alliance Drone Team integrates UAS into the emergency services environment, supporting law enforcement for missing persons searches, major events and firearms incidents.
“Centrik has been a pleasure to work with, and has helped us to continue to professionalise our drone operations across our three counties. The software has allowed us to effectively manage our pilots, equipment and deployments, whilst ensuring effective risk management and safety oversight across our two organisations,” says Sgt James Rees, Accountable Manager, Alliance Drone Team.
The Centrik system also enables the Alliance Drone Team to reduce its administrative burden while ensuring operations are compliant with the very latest regulations.
Rees says, “Before Centrik, we spent a lot of time on data input. Now, our officers have a far smaller administrative burden without compromising quality or safety.”
David Hunkin, Head of UAS at Centrik, said, “Having already been adopted by NPAS, Centrik is uniquely well placed to help police drone units reduce administration and set a new standard in UAS operational management, which is very exciting indeed.”
Widely used in civil aviation, Centrik is the only fully ICAO-compliant operational UAS management system for the emergency services providing a complete, configurable solution for managing tasks, equipment, training, logbooks and much more.