Perspectives: From the Editor

Plant Security Is Now Up in the Air

The proliferation of low-cost drones raises issues industry should confront.

By Mark Rosenzweig, Editor in Chief
Aug 12, 2015

The sign at the gatehouse states in big bold red letters: “Photography prohibited anywhere within the plant.” In addition, each visitor is escorted to a room in the administration building to see a safety video that ends with “Taking photographs while on this site is not allowed.” Then, someone from the plant asks for the visitor’s smartphone or camera, noting that the devices will be returned when the visitor’s badge is turned in. And this is only after potential visitors — long before entering the plant gate — have undergone basic screening to see if they should be permitted on site in the first place.

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