Aerial security & surveillance operations are growing at a tremendous rate. In pursuit of a better ROI and effective use of resources, the businesses are now upgrading their security and surveillance systems. Efforts are being taken to make them mobile, automated and more efficient by using drones. According to Toptal, the commercial drone business represents the fastest growth opportunity, projected to reach $13 billion between 2016 and 2020. This gives us a glimpse of the potential that it holds.
Human patrols, vehicles, fixed CCTV, IP cameras and ground sensors have been around at a large scale for the past decade, but they do have their demerits; even at their best such systems are vulnerable to attacks and failures. Drones, on the other hand, can provide a movable and unrestricted bird’s eye view of the area under surveillance. This saves time and costs; which would have otherwise been invested in human patrols, delivering less than desired results when compared to the former.
Limitations faced in Scaling Drone Security Operations
While a drone surveillance system is the desired shift from traditional methods, and theoretically look promising, using single manually operated drones is, practically, just a fool’s paradise. It’s only the foothill of the mountain one can scale with what drones have to offer in terms of automation and scalability.
Simply put, an off-the-shelf multirotor has an average flight time of 30 minutes or less and takes another 30 minutes or more to charge. Combine this time loss with the costs of a manual flight operator and you are already miles behind your target, missing out on the automation, 24×7 aerial surveillance, complete coverage of an area, and many such possibilities.
Then how do we scale operations?
Considering that a successful shift has been made to drone security operations, let us look at how to tackle the limitations and scale these operations, achieving what we set out for, in the first place.
-Manual vs Automated Operation
A drone surveillance system with manual operations mostly uses a single drone, i.e. they take time. The more drones you have, the more operators you’ll need, hence an increased cost to operations. On the flip side, automated operations enable easy fleet deployment capabilities. Remotely sitting in a control room, a patrol or an emergency mission can be executed with a click of a button. The drone(s) will fly itself on a preplanned path and execute the planned mission.
-Single Drone vs Drone Fleet
A multirotor is limited to about 30 mins of flight time on average, but a fleet is not limited to just one drone. A proper drone fleet management system with interconnected drones opens up a lot of possibilities to scale up your aerial security operations. First up, you can simultaneously cover up a larger area, or even multiple sites at once. Secondly, aerial surveillance can now be up 24×7, with a few drones in operation, the others charging and hence working in rotation.
-Live Video Feed and Real-Time Control
With the process automated and the drone fleet already in operation, the ace up your sleeve has to be real-time control and live data feed. In simpler terms, the drones will be connected to the control room via a wireless network which could be local or over the cloud through 4G/LTE, making the data transfer possible. This feature will tie up everything together, to be controlled and managed on a single, web-based dashboard, giving access to live drone locations on a map, drone diagnostics, low latency live video feed, and other live data ready for analysis.
-The ROI Comparison
Going back to the beginning of this article, it was agreed that the main aim is to increase operational efficiency and getting a better ROI. With lots of features added and the process automated with remote operational capabilities, the results will be evident, with a noticeable reduction in time and cost to operations.
So we’ve achieved what we wanted in theory and it looks very promising. The only question that remains is, how to cost-effectively put it in effect, down to the exact features, as an end to end solution?
Make it possible with FlytSecurity
FlytSecurity is a complete, end to end, integrated software solution, which includes all the features listed above, and more; with the aim to transform manual and single drone surveillance operations, to automated and scalable multi-drone aerial security and surveillance operations.
FlytSecurity is a drone agnostic software solution, compatible with all kinds of drones such as DJI, Ardupilot, and PX4 based drones. Likewise, the wide compatibility extends to an extensive range of cameras and other payloads as well. Having a fully autonomous and drone agnostic system provides next level deployment capabilities. With a simple click of a button on a web-based dashboard, deploy a fleet of drones to execute a pre-planned patrol or an emergency response mission to support the first responder teams.
Features of FlytSecurity
Now with the knowledge of an end to end integrated software solution, we shall see what features drive FlytSecurity, enabling the user to automate and scale aerial security and surveillance operations.
Cost-Effective Remote Site Monitoring with Fleet Management
Execute timely patrols with a fleet of connected drones while managing them remotely, for better 24/7 coverage of the area under observation. Connected to FlytCloud over 4G/LTE, get real-time remote control with live mission updates, drone diagnostics and more importantly, instant distress alarm on detection of anomalies, threats, and boundary trespassing.
Enabling Live Video Feed
Get video streams from the fleet of drones to the base station, at a remote location, in high quality, with minimal latency. Equipped with support for multiple cameras such as thermal and night vision, keep a bird’s eye view on the ground, even in darker environments.
Unlocking Mission Planner and Scheduler
Plan and schedule routine patrol missions for automated deployment and operation. Split the mission into multiple drones for a better coverage of a large area, and for emergency response situations, when help and surveillance might be required at multiple locations at once.
Leverage Data Logs and Analytics
With data logs, get access to previous flight and video data, which is structured and divided into mission types, dates and flight times along with geometrical locations marked on the map and geotagged images for easier tracking and post-flight analysis.
AI-based Object Detection (Coming Soon)
Real-time detection and tracking suspicious objects or people during flights is possible with the help of AI detection and machine vision, and also push notification alerts on detection of threats and anomalies. With access to data in the logs, one can use the AI features to analyze post-flight data.
Integrate FlytSecurity to automate and scale your drone security and surveillance operations, today!
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