There’s no mistake in this article title and as you will soon discover, this new arm to the security defense force will become more and more popular as new systems are developed. We are perhaps very fortunate that as modern technology allows us to take grade strides on one area, so advances are being made in another, and when combined, the effect can be dramatic.
Thieves and intruders know all about CCTV systems and how to disable them, how to avoid the cameras and how to steal the hard drive if they can get their hands on it. However, a thief cannot control the flight of a drone and the images are in front of you, not just on a hard drive for you to search.As an example, here at Quadcopters.com we couldn’t help but take notice of Alpha’s smart drone security system. Thanks to new digital imaging and wireless technology, plus the development of the ‘hobby’ drone, you can now have an ‘eagle eye’ or airborne watchdog keeping a close watch on your property. Now this works incredibly well for a number of reasons:
- A drone can have any number of invisible trigger points to work from, located wherever you set them around your home or business. Like the infrared beams you see in heist movies where a valuable gem or artefact is on display in a museum, drones operate from the same basic premise. If a beam is broken, the alarm goes off, or in the case of a drone, it’s time for take’-off.
- Home and business security has advanced to the point where now you can get messages sent to your smartphone, and even imagery from your CCTV cameras. Of course if the thief is a ‘pro’ then they will likely avoid the cameras, co while an alarm may have been set off, you can’t see where the thief is. With this security drone system, you can get real-time images streamed straight to your smartphone, as well as notifications sent to the alarm company and the police if needed.
- If you want, you can have your drone patrolling your premises 24-7 in shifts – one can be on the lookout while the other has returned to base to recharge its batteries. It is almost like having a robotic security force.
- For larger premises, where you may need to pay the wages of three or four security staff, a drone system with one on-site guard has the potential to save a considerable amount of money in the long run, and is certainly a great deal easier to manage than human beings, that’s for sure!
This new system from Alpha looks the part, and though clearly this type of security is in its infancy, we certainly are happy to predict that in five years’ time it will become a regular choice of installation. With the ability to use low density infra-red vision at night, switching to 1080p HD in daylight, the ability to pre-program the drone so that it won’t fly into objects like trees and posts, the capability to lock into moving objects but also the safety measure of it having a ‘perimeter fence’ will stop it from endangering anyone beyond your property, or indeed breaking any of the aviation rules that apply to drones. The irony of being arrested for improper use of a burglar alarm when intruders have been on your property would not do this company any good!
This project is in its early stages, but looks promising, and it is difficult not to imagine it will not meet its $100,000 on a Gofundme project platform.