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A new partnership between US intelligence and security agencies and a mapping company will yield an artificial drone capability that records and senses change detection, as a way to save time and manpower, while improving security and operational risk measures for the installation.

The technology could be used by military organizations as well as by base civil engineers for construction and maintenance imagery. 

Hivemapper provides mapping, visualization, and analytic tools that uncover changes humans can’t see.

Beale AFB is currently the first base to beta-test the Hivemapper program, which consists of an eye in the sky that can map infrastructure while providing visualization and enhancing analytic tools. The imagery recorded can uncover changes the human eye cannot easily detect. 

While this capability could be beneficial to multiple wing units, the 9th Security Forces Squadron is teaming with members from the 548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group to test this initiative, according to af.mil.

“This ability could save Airmen time in conducting routine perimeter security checks and also provide the ability to maintain a digital log to review later,” said Master Sgt. Ajenna Smith, 9th SFS innovations superintendent. “This program could also show changes in terrain. For example, if a hole or tunnel is dug from the outside of the perimeter, the Hivemapper system has the ability to detect and flag those land changes.”

The three-dimensional airborne video map program also has safety and recovery functions which are already being used in the civilian sector.