SURVEILLANCE & SECURITY DRONES

Surveillance is the close observation of a person, group of people, behaviours, activities, infrastructure, building etc for the purpose of managing, influencing, directing, or protecting. There are several different methods of surveillance, including GPS tracking, camera observation, stake-outs, data mining and profiling, and biometric surveillance among others.

 

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Traditional observational surveillance methods are typically limited by the stationary nature of the camera, which is usually handled manually or fixed upon a tripod or other structure. Aerial surveillance can be performed using a helicopter; whilst this achieves the desired result, it is also very costly.

Unmanned aircraft systems provide the ideal solution to the problems and limitations faced by other surveillance methods. Drone surveillance presents an easier, faster, and cheaper method of data collection, and a number of other key advantages. Drone planes can enter narrow and confined spaces, produce minimal noise, and can be equipped with night vision cameras and thermal sensors, allowing them to provide imagery that the human eye is unable to detect.

 

UNMANNED AERIAL VEHICLE (UAV) SECURITY SYSTEMS

Security and defence applications for UAV systems typically include:

  • Tactical & surveillance
  • Customs & coast guards
  • Gas & chemical detection
  • Perimeter protection
  • Surface pipe line monitoring
  • Border security
  • Search & rescue
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Mining surveys

 

SOME TACTICAL UAV APPLICATIONS:

Different parts of the security industry have differing requirements, one can distinguish between two types of approach: monitoring lines and monitoring sites.

  • In line monitoring, fixed-wing UAVs are used to perform high-level highway, coastal and border surveillance. They can provide high-level feedback on illegal border crossing, smuggling or wild animal traffic.
  • In terms of monitoring sites, multi-rotors are used more frequently, as they provide higher manoeuvrability and can hover more easily. UAVs can provide live streaming of detailed data, follow objects or intruders from a safe distance and quickly cover a large area, but also record images that can identify whether part of a forest or a slag heap is missing.

UAVs can quickly cover large and difficult-to-reach areas, reducing staff numbers and costs, and do not require much space for their operators.

Oil and Gas Security

  • Because of current global financial conditions oil are focussing their attention on less developed areas the Middle East and Africa. This brings a different series of security challenges such as:
    • Prevention of pipeline sabotage and oil theft and illegal oil trafficking
    • Installation of a high performance security fencing and perimeter detection systems
    • UAV / Drone perimeter response systems
    • Re-positioning of assets and slow moving heavy lift vessels in offshore Oil & Gas

Perimeter Response /Ground Security Forces

  • UAVs provide a rapid response and fast "eyes on" to the target area with live updates control stations while active waypoint tracking can be maintained based on the target parameters, like thermal signatures.
  • A key advantage of UAVs is its ability to collect imagery, ideally suited for reconnaissance or rapid situation awareness with application for ground force units to detect and monitor potential threats from a safe distance.
  • UAVs in perimeter security do not only reduce the requirement for foot patrols by security guards, but also provide an additional oversight where security guards are deployed to ensure adherence to patrolling routines.
  • Due to their speed, size, manoeuvrability and applied technologies: UAVs are the perfect supplement for ground security teams seeking to perform monitoring tasks more quickly and efficiently.
  • Drones have a competitive edge over stationary cameras, as intruders can’t easily step out of sight, and they can cover areas that are normally out of reach.

    Maritime Defence

    • Counter Piracy Operations: UAVs are useful to monitor, analyse and anticipate pirate vessel movements. This allows security forces to identify hazardous areas, potential assault locations and timings and evaluate piracy trends around the world.
    • Super Yacht Security: UAVs are involved in protection services for super yachts which has helped crews to stay safe, reduced delays and minimised cost overruns. Such services add value by reducing insurance premiums and assuring stakeholders that company assets are secure.

    Event Security

    • UAVs are instrumental in managing the critical facets of security & safety at major events, from event security infrastructure, through to spectator and crowd safety to overall health and safety planning.
    • UAVS are used in a wide range of event security and safety services from the completion of initial security risk assessments to developing bespoke security infrastructure solutions.
    • Aspects concerning general security, such as vehicular access, landscapes, fire evacuation procedure and adaptation of the original building design
    • Managing the physics of large crowds
    • On-the-ground security coordination to oversee implementation of agreed security plans
    • Timely activation of contingency measures
    • In addition to monitoring and rapid reaction, UAVs can provide detailed visual documentation of sites, enabling effective analysis, risk management and security planning.
    • Abu Dhabi’s security company, uses UAVs to supplement its security system, especially around ports.
    • UAVs have found other applications in industrial plants: reducing the costs of asset theft, in addition to monitoring and verifying the quality of employee work.
    • UAVs are also used for monitoring and assessing the scale of accidents. This information enables authorities to delegate personnel more efficiently.

    Solar Farm Monitoring

    • UAVs are utilised to conduct site threat assessments and provide highly responsive action-to-alarm activations. 

    Traffic monitoring

    Traffic monitoring is necessary for collecting data that provides a detailed description of the use and performance of road networks. There are two main ways to collect traffic data: by manually observing the roads, or by using electronic equipment to monitor roads at specific times. The data collected in traffic monitoring is used to support the safety, performance, and maintenance of the roads.

    Many traffic monitoring organisations use helicopters to achieve aerial views, or use cameras fixed above the roads. Both of these methods only serve one particular purpose, the cameras are difficult to move around efficiently, and using helicopters is too costly to use for repetitive road monitoring.

    Aerial surveillance drones offer a much more efficient and cost-effective alternative to helicopters and static cameras. Drones offer several advantages over traditional methods of traffic monitoring: they use waypoint navigation which allows them to be programmed to fly along specific routes repetitively; they can also be deployed to fly over specific roads and in specific situations. Unmanned aircraft are also significantly cheaper than helicopters, meaning they can be deployed more often, thus increasing the overall performance of the traffic monitoring operations.

    SWAT

    Special Weapons and Tactics teams, also known as SWAT teams, are elite tactical units that have been trained to perform high-risk operations like hostage rescues. Members of a SWAT team are equipped with heavy-duty body armour, and often carry specialized firearms; they are also aided whenever possible by aerial assistance.

    Aerial assistance is essential in SWAT operations as it facilitates the tactical implementation of multi-angle information. This type of aerial assistance has traditionally been provided by helicopters. However, one of the main problems with helicopters is they are not typically kept in rural areas, so this slows down the response time as units have to wait for them to be deployed. Helicopters are also very noisy, and costly to run because they require professional personnel to operate them.

    Drone planes provide a safe and cost-effective alternative to helicopters. These unmanned aircraft systems can be deployed instantly when needed, cost a lot less than a helicopter, and also have a very low noise footprint so they’re suitable for use in sensitive missions. All of this means that drones can be deployed more frequently to SWAT teams, leading to safer conditions for both team members and civilians alike.

    Anti-poaching

    Poaching is the illegal hunting, capturing, or killing of non-domestic animals, and is in direct contradiction to the Endangered Species Act. Acts of poaching also encompass a failure to comply with the regulations surrounding hunting without a license, hunting at illegal locations, and hunting with illegal methods.

    There are a number of anti-poaching measures in place in National Parks and the habitats of game and wildlife, including the pre-emptive removal of horns to discourage poachers, as well as dying the horns a bright colour to make them undesirable to poachers. Poaching is typically related to large parks and habitats, and close surveillance of these areas is difficult. Aerial surveillance using helicopters can help to improve measures somewhat; however, helicopters are costly and noisy to they are not always a viable option.

    A surveillance drone is the ideal solution to the problems faced by other anti-poaching methods. Drones can be equipped with not only cameras, but also thermal sensors and sniffers that enable them to detect poachers and hazardous gases. Unmanned aircraft can cover large areas at a fraction of the cost of a helicopter; they can also be kept on site for rapid deployment, and they have a very low noise footprint which doesn’t disturb the animals or alert the poachers to the presence of the drone.

    A DRONES EYE VIEW

    AIRBORNE DRONES provides the facilities manager, surveyor, or security monitor with a complete airborne UAV platform, that enables remote sensing and record geo-referenced data types that, if required, can include: 

    AIRBORNE UAV PLATFORMS

    Airborne Drones recommend the AIRBORNE Solution with thermal and optical zoom sensors for Surveillance and Security Applications.

    At Airborne Drones we focus on the design, manufacture, and marketing of long-range sUAVs (10 and 20kms), able to support payloads of up to 8kgs, for industrial strength commercial use. Long-range drones have huge benefits for business and commerce. Solutions can be developed to meet specific client requirements, and services can include support and training during and after implementation.

    Airborne Drones services an international base of clients ranging from South Africa to the UAE. Clients include representatives from the following industries: Marketing, Real Estate, Security, Agriculture, Game Farms, Wildlife Management, Electrical Installations, Telecommunications, Travel and tourism, Sheet Metal Manufacturing, Satellite Electronics, Wind farms, Industrial Rope Access, Restaurant and Food, Environmental Affairs.

    Airborne Drones has a strong team of engineers dedicated to their customers.

    We recommend the Airborne  systems for flying over populated areas as drones can recover and return to home in case of major system failure. The Airborne Security Solution is the ultimate security drone and you will never require any others for your anti-poaching operations