The public must change the law to use cameras equipped with heat chambers.
Ten hours every day. This is the result only for the month of October (!), Cable outs that are rich in rail since June. Offenses Influenced by Collateral Victims: Infrabel Finance, Network Manager – The average cost of a single flight is between € 15,000 and € 20,000, but also its staff and passengers. On Tuesday night, Infrabel began a poorly concealed appeal to the legislator on Tuesday night in a Ham-sur-Heure-Nalinnes meadow flying from a pilot-sighted civilian, equipped with heat cameras. The message is simple: InfraBel is ready to use drones, and technology allows it. However, legal barriers still exist.
Changes in legislation
Indeed, two prohibitions hamper the objectives of a public undertaking. Primo, the pilot can not fly with jumps without eye contact with his plane. the second, the use of mobile surveillance cameras in open spaces is very limited by legislative chambers. Thanks to the demonstration on Tuesday evening by the Directorate-General for Air Transport authorized by the emergency, a public company, apparently poor, sends a letter to policy-makers. "This is a solution that we have long been thinking about, but so far it was not justified, and now, given the revival of cable theft, is legitimate. A technology solution at a reasonable cost, while the problem is getting huge"says Frédéric Sacré, spokeswoman for Infrabel.
The numbers go in this direction. In 2017 104 flights were registered on the railway. From June to October of this year 225. Today, Infrabel can no longer talk like it has been since the National Action Plan on Cabling, which began in mid-2013. From the "epiphenomenon". The installation of cameras for monitoring the 7000 kilometer rail network is too expensive, there is not enough resources for the rail police, the replacement of copper cables with aluminum cables is not always possible and an alternative to cable laying in concrete to protect them in case of too laborious disruption … After a few months, the use of drones quickly turned out to be as the best way to find gangs arranged in their hands, these big fish that catch the little ones, noting that the crime remains unpunished.
The police are enthusiastic about the checkpoint in the meadow. Without air support, it's difficult to sneak in the dark, if not impossible. And police action covering the entire territory is not possible: the police can focus only on hotspots where flights are regular. "If the test is persuasive and the law is changed, it's all good for everyone"commented Stéphanie Silvestre, Deputy Police Commissioner (SPC). Currently, the SPC uses a helicopter with a thermal camera. A valuable tool, but it's too expensive. "If the drone is cheaper, faster and produces compelling or better results … Why not, it could also help us fight against the violation"Judge-in-Charge Commissioner.
Three or four flights a month
In the end, Infrabel wants to make three to four flights a month with ground police support to detect suspicious behavior and interference. But for the moment, a drone that is incomprehensible and invisible once in the air, goes to Infrabel agents to go to them to go to the "thieves of the tracks". The tent police and the Infrabel team are rushing to the big screen where the drones are transmitted, clearly reaching their fingers so that their message is heard.