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Drones will be used to monitor traffic at New York State Fair

Staff Writer |
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that state-owned drones will be used for the first time to monitor weekend traffic conditions at the 2017 Great New York State Fair.

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Weekends are traditionally the highest attended days of the 13-day extravaganza, often with heavy traffic volumes and near-capacity parking lots.

The new drone technology will help the New York State Police and the State Department of Transportation better monitor traffic and parking lot capacity, allowing them do their jobs more effectively and reduce delays for fairgoers.

The drone technology is a joint effort between NYSDOT, the State Department of Environmental Conservation, and New York State Police.

Operating under FAA guidelines by line of sight rules, with a range of approximately one mile, they will help provide enhanced situational awareness to assist with traffic management.

NYSDOT will also direct traffic as needed through the use of Variable Message Signs on Interstate 690, State Route 690, Interstate 81 and Interstate 481. The New York State Thruway Authority will broadcast updates on their variable message sign network.

Drone industry investment also complements a larger initiative to boost economic growth as a crucial part of the Central NY Rising plan.

Drone research, development and manufacturing were key to the region's winning $500 million Upstate Revitalization Initiative plan.

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