Plzen, West Bohemia, Aug 21 (CTK) – Plzen has been the first Czech town to receive a permission to use drones and it plans to use the unmanned aerial vehicles in the management of municipal property and during emergency situations such as floods and fires, Plzen Mayor Martin Zrzavecky said Friday.

Zrzavecky said this was yet another step Plzen took to become a smart city.

Plzen received the licence to use drones from the Institute for Civilian Aviation in July. The licence was issued to the Information Technologies Administration, a municipal organisation.

Twenty-one licences to use drones have been issued in the Czech Republic so far, the institute’s spokesman Vitezslav Hezky told CTK.

The city has also got the licence to run an aviation school. Courses teaching people to fly drones have already started and children assembled small drones from parts printed by a 3D printer, Information Technologies Administration head Ludek Santora said.

Plzen now has only several drones, including a large one with a thermal imaging camera that can make 3D photographs of the city for its promotion, monitor traffic in the streets and check the state of municipal buildings.

A drone was recently used to monitor the situation during a football match.