Drones are quickly becoming an effective complement and alternative to the generally expensive human-powered surveillance. The modern efficacies this technology delivers across industries makes it an attractive tool to oversee the perimeters of businesses, campuses, and government facilities.
Up until recently, drones were mainly used for military purposes. However, they were soon recognized as a wonderful supplement to other perimeter security solutions in commercial and private settings. They literally offer an eye in the sky that can fly pre-set missions, respond intelligently to data generated by interconnected Internet of Things devices, and provide real-time footage to end-users. The advantages of having such a powerful technology working towards protecting an enterprise are invaluable.
Drones can be deployed to:
- Perform real-time perimeter monitoring.
- Notify instantaneously security personnel in case a threat is detected.
- Verify alarms by employing video and IoT sensor enhancements.
- Escort threats (human or vehicle)
- Detect unwanted drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), within the perimeter, by utilizing anti-drone technologies.
The inspection capabilities of the latest drone technologies are remarkable. Drones today are able to monitor thermal readings, detect and help prevent hazardous situations, and run accurately different calculations. In addition, they can still operate under light precipitation and dark environments and can adapt to the requirements of different industries by flying on-demand missions to specific points of interest inside the perimeter. They can also provide automatic tracking and management of assets and inventory.
With a cloud-based and server-centric data infrastructure, drones can be used for patrolling purposes to locate physical threats and augment security systems in educational, correctional, and commercial facilities. It is important, before adding drones as a security layer, to assess carefully the safety needs of the entity, take a look at regulations to ensure compliance, and inform employees of the new implementation to avoid any possible misunderstandings.