The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, through its partnership with the National Council on Public Safety UAS (NCPSU), today announced it has created a dedicated membership option for public safety professionals. AUVSI will also provide special pricing for the public safety community to attend the AUVSI Unmanned Systems – Defense. Protection. Security. conference, which will take place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at National Harbor, Md., on Feb. 6 to 8.
“The public safety community is an important voice in the UAS industry, and they are often at the front lines in testing the limits of what is possible with UAS,” said Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “We are looking forward to working with them through this initiative to help facilitate even wider adoption of UAS among first responders. We are committed to giving them the tools needed to do their jobs as safely as possible, while helping them save time, save money and, most importantly, save lives.”
Through its partnership with NCPSU, AUVSI has made available the following opportunities specifically with public safety professionals in mind:
Special AUVSI Membership Offer:
Public safety organizations have the option to join AUVSI for $600, which grants membership benefits to all employees of that organization. For individuals, the new membership initiative offers the following opportunities:
- One year individual membership for active public safety personnel — $100
- Three-year individual membership for active public safety personnel — $200
Reduced Rates at AUVSI Unmanned Systems‒Defense. Protection. Security.:
Due to the partnership with NCPSU, public safety personnel also have access to the following:
- A complimentary Expo Hall One Day Pass; or
- A discount on the Full Conference Pass (up to $500 savings, depending on individual factors)
- Sessions at the conference will include “Using Unmanned Systems for EOD and HAZMAT Applications,” “Addressing the Counter-UAS Threat at Home and Abroad,” “The New Era of Disaster and Emergency Response Utilizing Unmanned Systems” and a panel on the challenges of artificial intelligence for security and public safety applications.
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 will also include a dedicated public-safety focused track with topics spanning program development; mission scope; equipment selection and maintenance; and integration and training. The conference and trade show will take place at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver on April 30 to May 3.
AUVSI and NCPSU announced their partnership in August to encourage and promote the use of UAS by public safety agencies. Its goal is to create educational and informational programs and materials to facilitate the widespread adoption of UAS among first responders. The two organizations will also provide a forum for industry and the public safety community to review and evaluate the latest research and development in unmanned systems technology, as well as the products and services it enables to support mission-critical operations.
“This initiative is an exciting opportunity for public safety professionals to engage with the wider UAS community and advance the use of UAS in their life-saving work. One of the primary goals of the AUVSI-NCPSU partnership is to help these communities share information, best practices and training efforts, and this membership initiative will help to achieve that,” said Charles Werner, chair of NCPSU.
For more information and to register for AUVSI’s dedicated membership and special event pricing for the public safety community, visit www.auvsi.org/publicsafety.