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COUNCIL PRESIDENT PARKER EXPLORING NEW TECHNOLOGY TO HELP SANITIZE LEGION FIELD

PRESS RELEASE                                 Thursday, December 17, 2020

Contact: Kim Garner

Phone: 205-254-2036

Email: kimberly.garner@birminghamal.gov

Birmingham City Council President William Parker said he is currently exploring ways in which the City could deploy the Draganfly Varigard Drone technology at Legion Field in the fight against COVID-19.

Earlier this month, Alabama State University President, Dr. Quinton T. Ross, Jr., announced their school would be the first in the nation to utilize this cutting-edge drone technology to sanitize the school’s outdoor facilities.

“I’d like to applaud Dr. Ross and the ASU family in their effort in rolling out this new technology, one that has the potential to save lives,” President Parker said. “I look forward to working with Dr. Ross on expanding these efforts and securing this technology for Legion Field.”

The drone uses a new pathogen and virus sanitizer to spray on surfaces as it hovers throughout the stadium when it is unoccupied.

Perhaps most importantly, President Parker said he is focused on determining whether federal CARES Act funding could be utilized to purchase the technology before the December 31st deadline.

“As we continue to navigate our way in this new normal, we have to utilize new and innovative ways to keep our residents safe, while also making sure the City can continue to bring in revenue,” Parker said. “I think this technology can help accomplish those goals and I look forward to working with our local and state partners on securing this technology for Legion Field.”

This is a developing story. More information will be released as it becomes available.

 

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