Security Drone Detects, Follows Intruders With a Surveillance Camera

Made by a Japanese company, the unmanned device is intended for autonomous surveillance.

A drone from Japanese company Secom is designed to autonomously detect unwanted intruders, as well as follow them and photograph them as they try to escape, according to digitaltrends.com.

The diminutive surveillance aircraft (see video below) is equipped with a camera that will capture photographs of suspicious individuals and any vehicles that they use to flee from the scene. Marketed to enterprise and other large customers, the drone is designed for entities that need to monitor large buildings or expansive parcels of land, according to the company.

Constructed for autonomous surveillance, the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) sits on a dedicated launching pad and charging station to ensure it will be ready to deploy at a moment’s notice. It also includes LED lights for night operation.

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Once an intruder is detected, the surveillance UAV will lift off, hover at a height of ten to sixteen feet, and follow the suspect at speeds of justg over six miles an hour, digitaltrends.com described. As it tracks an intruder, a camera on the drone will attempt to take pictures of the individual’s face, vehicle and surroundings. This data will be sent to Secom’s security center, which will analyze the severity of the threat. This drone-based system provides a method of early detection that is far superior to Secom’s current security service, which uses static surveillance cameras and requires a visit by a security guard to assess a threat.

Secom began selling its small flight surveillance robot earlier this month with and an upfront cost of $6,575 for the drone, and a monthly fee of $40 for their associated services. The company originally planned to release its drone security system earlier this year, but issues surrounding the legality of drone flights in Japan delayed the business launch.

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