Skyfire's Tethered Drones Used for the First Time to Secure The
But drones were also being used to help secure the very same event.
Skyfire, the nation's leading public safety UAS experts, in coordination with the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and a team of pilots, security experts and software partners, deployed two tethered drones high above Atlanta - overlooking the events surrounding The Big Game - at the ready in case of an emergency.
"This is one of the first times drones have been used to secure a large, tier 1 event," said Matt Sloane, CEO of Skyfire. "We are honored that these agencies entrusted us with overwatch for one of the biggest events in our state's history."
Based in Decatur, Georgia, just seven miles from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Sloane and his team worked for more than a year to secure the necessary approvals from the FAA, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security to operate for the event.
"It was interesting to coordinate and fly drones just a few hundred feet below...