Physical security systems to safeguard personnel and assets require a significant bottom-line investment and if not adequately structured and managed can have a negative impact on business continuity. Incorporating drone-based solutions for tasks like patrolling (data collection) and carrying out risk assessments can complement ‘static’ solutions (such as fixed sensors and cameras) and can reduce operational overhead costs and increase operational efficiency.
The key advantages of adopting drone technologies include:
Drones are particularly valuable when a site is inaccessible, remote or locked down. They can access locations which may be difficult or impossible for people to get to and thereby prevent security personnel from being placed in dangerous situations. Moreover, high-quality HD cameras and/or thermal cameras enable drones to ‘see’ accurately where the human eye cannot.
It is estimated that a drone can accomplish a task in a fifth of the time a human requires and can cover a larger area within a given time. This can result in significant cost saving on personnel.
Extensive field of vision
Drone surveillance provides a birds-eye view with first-hand visibility of any threat in an area. In contrast, surveillance of the same area with fixed cameras normally requires security operators to view multiple cameras. A drone can detect and stream multiple intrusion attempts over a larger perimeter area.
Drones can be used to conduct perimeter security patrols, gate inspections, parking lot monitoring, inventory inspections and more. They eliminate the need for additional security personnel while providing fast and accurate situational awareness. Drones give real time 24/7 surveillance by detecting and alerting breaches, enhancing the overall safety and security of a site.
Emergency response operations
In the event of a natural disaster or safety and security event, situational awareness is the first step towards saving lives and mitigating damage. Rapid collection and analysis of data from the target location is essential for effective emergency response.
Data collection is traditionally carried out by an investigative ground team. However, this puts personnel at risk and the data collection process can be time consuming and data may be inaccurate due to delays and risk of being subjective. This can hinder the ability to select the optimal response to a crisis.
If the investigative ground team is replaced with autonomous drones, these challenges can be overcome. Decision makers can be provided with real-time objective “information” (not data) from every angle. Interpretation is accurate and the appropriate response can be effectively and objectively selected.
An automated physical security arena yields multiple benefits, such as:
- Improved staff safety
- Superior emergency response planning
- Creation of an augmented security layer
- Increased business productivity and efficiency
- Reduced operational costs