St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN); Drone technology could be exploited and used for possible illegal and malicious purposes, if its usage in the country is not properly regulated by the government.
This perspective was the sentiment of multiple callers to WINN FM’s Voices Program on Friday (Mar 17) where the possible introduction of drones for crime fighting in St. Kitts and Nevis was discussed.
Callers suggested that society should be cautious about the introduction of drones, and called for the creation of government policies if the technology were to be implemented on the island; however guest panelist Gregory Wharton, a local with formal education in aviation, industrial engineering, and robotics, and an avid drone hobbyist does not see the need for such regulation.
A caller, however, was doubtful that drones would be more effective in the fight against crime, in comparison to standard technology such as the CCTV cameras the government plans to roll out later this year.
Wharton is of the opinion that most persons would use drones for recreation and not for criminal or other antisocial purposes.
“Out of all the drones, 99.9% of people that have them are using them for fun, aerial photography, racing, whatever the case may be and the percentage of people that want to use them for malicious purpose is minuscule compared to the amount of people who just want to have some fun.
“The fact that a drone isn’t a weapon and most people are going to use it for fun and righteous purposes, why do we need to over regulate it?”
Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris has listed drone technology as one of the new national security initiatives that will be implemented in the federation in the coming months.
“Come 2017, the police will begin utilizing drones in crime-fighting, so that is a significant application of technology in surveillance and other works.”