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As Spain's Beaches Fill Up, Seaside Resort Sends in Drones

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A drone monitors beach crowds.

Authorities in the northeastern Spanish seaside town of Sitges are trialling the use of drones to monitor crowds on the beach in real time, to help fight a rapid rise in COVID-19 contagion.

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Officials in the town of Sitges in northeastern Spain are using drones for real-time crowd monitoring along 18 km of beach as COVID-19 cases rise.

Ricardo Monje of Annunzia, the company that developed the project, said, "We can take photos, pass them through some software and with the software we can count how many people are on the beach."

Local official Guillem Escola said, "If we see the beach is very crowded, we can pass that information on to the beach monitors who will make checks and ensure people are keeping their distance. If people don't take notice, then we send in the police."

Officials said the project complies with all data protection laws, and images of people would remain anonymous.

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