Officials in Boise, Idaho, are taking to the air to inspect their landfill. But it’s not with traditional aerial photography. Instead, Ada County has acquired FAA approval to utilize a Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) or drone to collect high-resolution, 2-D images of its landfill on a more consistent basis. Previously, it used manned flights to get aerial photos once or twice a year.
“We knew we could fly cheaper, in other words. And since we could fly cheaper, the landfill operators would not just save tax dollars, but they could also request and receive data more often and in a much faster manner,” says Stephen O’Meara, CIO of Ada County Government based in Boise, Idaho. “Since the IT department is in the business of data creation and management for all departments of the Ada County government, it was an excellent fit for us to go out and try to gather this data on an iterative basis, and in a format that the landfill operators found useful.”