ReconRobotics to use 70cm band

The FCC have refused an ARRL petition to stop the use of the amateur radio 70cm band by surveillance robots.

The FCC issued an Order on Reconsideration dismissing a March 2010 Petition for Reconsideration filed by the ARRL that asked the Commission to deny pending Public Safety Pool license applications associated with the ReconRobotics Video and Audio Surveillance System; however, in doing so, the FCC made it clear that the devices may not exceed 100 kHz of bandwidth.

The Recon Scout - manufactured by ReconRobotics - is a remote-controlled, manoeuvrable surveillance robot that transmits real-time video surveillance data that operates by FCC waiver in the 70 centimetre band.

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