The threat from physical intrusion still remains one of the top concerns in both commercial and non-commercial contexts. According to a report from Markets and Markets, the video surveillance market, which includes both hardware and software, is presently at USD 45.5 billion and expected to reach USD 74.6 billion by 2025.
Over the years, there have been many advancements in optics and detection systems but limitations still exist in the conventional ways of using them. To overcome these limitations, security stakeholders are now incorporating drone technology in their operations.
In this blog, we will talk about drones and the FlytNow solution for perimeter security.
What is perimeter security?
Perimeter security is an active barrier or fortification around a defined area to prevent all forms of intrusion. Modern security systems are an amalgamation of sophisticated hardware and software that generally include cameras, motion sensors, electric fencing, high-intensity lights, and a command center to manage them all.
Challenges with conventional security systems (without drones) for perimeter security
Below are some of the drawbacks and limitations that are inherent in a conventional security system:
- CCTV cameras and motion detectors are stationary, thus leaving plenty of room for blind spots.
- Patrolling requires human guards - for larger areas, this is the least efficient way of securing a premise.
- Response to an intrusion is delayed since a human responder has to reach the location.
Benefits of using drones for perimeter security
Drones have the following advantages over a conventional security system:
- Drones are mobile flying machines that can go to any location quickly, with HD camera(s), thus eliminating blind spots.
- Drones can also be equipped with a thermal camera(s) which are useful during nighttime surveillance.
- Drones can be automated for patrolling using the FlytNow cloud-connected solution and commercially available DiaB (Drone in a Box) hardware.
Note: A DiaB is box-like hardware that houses one or more drones. The hardware keeps the drone flight-ready (24x7) and also automates the launching and docking processes of a drone.
Drones automation for security
For perimeter security, drones are generally used in conjunction with Drone-in-a-Box hardware and a fleet management system that powers the command center. Other security system hardware, including CCTV cameras, motion sensors, etc. can complement the drones and can be connected to the command center, thus integrating into a complete system. In a real-life scenario, such a system might work in the following way:
- An intrusion is detected by one of the CCTV cameras in an area under surveillance.
- The command center receives the alert and initiates a drone launch.
- A connected DiaB receives the launch request and releases a drone.
- The drone flies to the location where the intrusion was detected and begins streaming a live video feed.
- An operator maneuvers the drone to cover all blind spots.
- On finding the intruder, the operator has the option to warn him/her about the transgression using the drone’s onboard payload such as a beacon, spotlight, speaker, etc.
To know about the kind of drones and sensors that can be used for security and surveillance operations please refer to our Drone Surveillance System: The Complete Setup Guide.
How FlytNow enabled perimeter security?
FlytNow is a cloud-based application that helps in managing and controlling a fleet of drones from a unified dashboard through automation, live data streaming and integration. In the context of perimeter security, this translates into a command center that connects drones with the traditional components of a perimeter security system.
6 Reasons to use FlytNow for perimeter security
#1 Easy Setup: FlytNow is cloud-hosted i.e. a user can access the application from any standard web browser, without any complicated server setup. Connecting the drones with the system is also easy and is done using FlytOS.
#2 Unified Dashboard: FlytNow features an advanced dashboard that shows the following:
- A live map showing the real-time location of all the drones. The map can be customized to show points of interest, and virtual geofence, and CCTV zones.
- On-screen GUI controllers and keyboard & mouse support to control a drone. This allows an operator to easily maneuver a drone to a point of interest from the command center.
- Multicam support that allows streaming video feeds from more than one drone.
- Different view modes that allow an operator to switch between RGB and thermal mode. In the thermal mode, there is the option to switch between different color pallets, allowing a user to identify warm objects against different backdrops.
- Pre-flight checklist which is a list of checks the system prompts an operator to perform before initiating a drone launch.
#3 Live Data Sharing: An operator can share the live video feed from a drone directly from the dashboard. The feature can be used to share video with the police or other remote stakeholders.
#4 Advanced Automation: Operating drones through manual control is quite an inefficient way to use drones. Instead, automation should be employed to perform activities like security patrols. FlytNow comes with an advanced mission planner that allows a user to define a path for a drone to follow and save it as a mission. The mission can be executed periodically, thus making a fleet of drones perform automated patrolling.
#5 Add-on Modules: FlytNow provides add-ons to make a drone intelligent; this includes precision landing over a computer-generated tag, obstacle detection, and object identification. These add-ons enable a drone to autonomously fly to a location, identify a threat, and return to the DiaB hardware.
#6 Drone-in-a-Box Hardware Support: The functions of DiaB hardware, in the context of perimeter security, can be broadly classified into four categories:
- Securely house a drone.
- Keeping the drone fully charged all the time.
- Initiate a drone launch.
- Successfully dock a returning drone.
In this blog, we discussed the concept of perimeter security, the limitations of conventional security set up, and how these limitations can be overcome using drones. Then we covered how drones are actually used for aerial patrols and 6 reasons why FlytNow is an ideal solution for automating drones for perimeter security.
There are plenty more reasons to use FlytNow for perimeter security that you can find out by signing for our 28 days free trial.
In the wake of the recent COVID-19 outbreak which has affected almost every nation, government organizations and law-enforcement agencies are in search of an effective solution to fight this pandemic with minimal human interaction.
Drones seem to be an appropriate solution to tackle this menace. Apart from the transportation of emergency medical & pharmaceutical supplies, health-kits and blood samples, these unmanned aerial vehicles can effectively aid authorities in administering a state of lockdown.
A report in South China Morning Post says, the Chinese government “has adapted and co-opted industrial drones to help ensure that an estimated 50 million residents are kept at home and indoors across a dozen cities.” A fleet of drones is estimated to replace the surveillance capacity and enforcement duties of more than 100 policemen operating in dozens of patrol vehicles across a 10 square kilometer radius.
3 ways in which Drones can help manage lockdowns
While the need for social distancing and self-quarantining has already been enforced by most of the local and national government bodies in the form of curfews or lockdowns, there lies a constant necessity to monitor public spaces, in order to make sure that people are at all times following the state-mandated orders.
Equipped with thermal sensors, HD zoom lenses, loudspeakers, beacons, and disinfectant spray jets, drones are playing a crucial role in arresting the spread of the deadly virus.
1. Remote Aerial Patrolling
As a response to the current public health crisis, drones powered with FlytNow can send ultra-low latency (<1 second) live-video feed over 4G/5G/LTE network to a cloud-based remotely operated COVID-19 command control center. The captured video streams can be further shared with stakeholders and decision-makers located anywhere across the world, to help monitor the overall social situation and take measures to control the crowd and maintain public safety.
Police authorities can autonomously capture data for a predefined/geofenced area of interest, or send the drone to specific GPS coordinates – on-demand during emergency situations. They can also combine and manage a fleet of drones with a variety of payloads, battery endurance, and capabilities. To operate 24×7, thermal camera scans can be integrated for night-time surveillance to detect a breach of lockdown protocols.
Drones equipped with high-definition cameras for a wide field of view, can monitor a large area including narrow roads and by-lanes and take appropriate action to curb overcrowding at several locations.
Taking advantage of the FlytDock precision-landing module, with centimeter-level accuracy, drones can be safely landed on any designated spot or even a moving vehicle, significantly reducing the risk of emergency personnel being infected by the pathogen.
Why use FlytNow:
- Live HD video-feed at the remote station over 4G/LTE
- Cover large area or city with fleet of drones
- Remote gimbal control to pan/tilt drone camera to look around
- Sharing live video feed with across police stations
- Thermal camera integration for night surveillance
- Automated patrol on regular intervals
2. Remote Crowd Management
Public authorities using FlytNow can use drones to monitor a large area for unauthorized human gathering, since human contact is the primary way in which the coronavirus is spreading.
Built-in features like geofencing, autonomous flight, and automatic movement detection, can help authorities to catch offenders during a routine autonomous FlytNow patrol with minimum human involvement. This will allow for easy control and management of a large area with a small number of drone operators.
Fitted with loudspeakers, drones can be deployed to issue advisories, share key information, warn the public against breaching restrictions or broadcast lockdown rules and regulations, to effectively monitor and calm a panic-stricken crowd.
Drone can be the first responders in the event of an emergency like a riot, and can de-escalate the situation using onboard attachments like a siren or remotely controlled non-lethal weapon. Both the drone and its attachment can be controlled from the FlytNow dashboard. Since FlytNow supports most major drone hardware platforms, authorities can use different kinds of drones based on the situation; for example, a combination of both heavy and light drones can be used.
Why use FlytNow:
- Live video feed from drones at the operation center for remote monitoring.
- Automatic movement detection
- People and vehicle counting using AI.
- Integration with loudspeakers or sirens to monitor the crowd.
3. Remote Public Announcements
In a lockdown situation where the communication channels also have been shut down, drones can be used to make important announcements in an area.
Using FlytNow, authorities can dispatch a fleet of drones, which will follow a predefined path, carrying a public address system. With a message played on a loop, a fleet of drones can cover a large area compared to traditional vehicles.
Why use FlytNow:
- Broadcast audio message to a fleet of drones equipped with a loudspeaker
- Automated flights on a regular interval
- Remotely transmit a message to lockdown offenders
- Cover large area with a fleet of drones
Drones in Action Around the World for COVID-19
Drones are already in action and law enforcement officials, across the world, are already using it. In Bengaluru, India, police are using drones to catch offenders who are disobeying the lockdown.
France has also deployed drones to enforce their lockdown. Police are running aerial patrols in the streets of Nice and warning the residents not to venture out of their homes.
China has gone a step further; they have deployed heavy drones equipped with special attachments to disinfect large swathes of lands by spraying chemicals in the air.
Drones are already at the forefront of the worldwide battle against COVID-19. At FlytNow, we want to support public health and safety stakeholders in every corner of this world, which is why we are providing the FlytNow Pro solution free of cost to people during the coming weeks.
FlytNow Pro takes care of the complexities of managing a large number of drones, so that health workers, police, firefighters, and other public safety personnel can focus on getting the job done.
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COVID-19 i.e. the coronavirus disease has been aptly called the Black Swan of 2020 — a global contagion that will disrupt public health and the global economy. With social distancing turning out to be insufficient, governments across the world are moving to comprehensive lockdowns, likely for weeks if not months, in order to ‘flatten the curve’ and get this pandemic under control.
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In these trying times, each company is striving to do its part in helping their employees, partners and customers cope. FlytBase, for our part, is making FlytNow Pro available for free (until at-least May 31, 2020) for customers who seek to deploy drones as an aid to help control the virus.
Safety via Autonomy
The most powerful weapon in the battle against COVID-19 is avoiding human-to-human contact. Drones can thus serve us well — when used remotely and autonomously. Whether monitoring public spaces via live video feeds, delivering medicines to the last mile, or aiding public safety personnel during incident response, autonomous drones can help minimize human interactions while ensuring that food, medicines and help reach people on time.
Monitoring of Public Spaces
Across the world, national and local governments have rapidly started closing public spaces — train & bus terminals, schools, colleges, airports, parks, malls — and soon even commercial offices and retail shops. Unfortunately, there remains a need to monitor and enforce such shutdowns, since not all members of the public are diligently adhering to social distancing and self-quarantines.
Drones, equipped with payloads such as beacons, loudspeakers, and sirens, can thus serve as a public safety aid — sending live video feeds to COVID-19 control centers, warning people of the need to stay indoors, and perhaps even spraying disinfectants! Thermal cameras mounted on drones, and controlled remotely via FlytNow, can automatically identify crowds, which can then be quickly dispersed to minimize human-to-human transmission of the virus. Such low-latency video streams can be shared with stakeholders across geographies to help monitor the overall social situation and make informed decisions about shutdowns, crowd control and public safety.
Food & Medicine Delivery
With health workers directly exposed to the virus, drone service providers can use FlytNow to deliver medicines, first aid kits and other emergency supplies — to homes as well as hospitals. Via 4G connectivity, drones and their payloads can be remotely controlled — such missions can be planned and launched from cloud-based dashboards, accessible to multiple stakeholders. Live video streams in the FlytNow dashboard can help confirm medical deliveries, and the recipients can participate in flight planning and monitoring, in a remote yet secure manner.
At a time when supply chains are getting disrupted, remote and/or rural populations need to be proactively assisted with daily supplies. Drones are an ideal solution for this urgent need — via EVLOS and BVLOS operations that can be remotely planned, controlled and monitored using FlytNow. Even in urban areas, public health officials are strongly encouraging e-commerce and delivery of daily provisions, instead of people visiting supermarkets, restaurants and pharmacies.
First responders, whether police, firefighters or health workers, now need to be themselves protected against the virus during incident response. Sending drones before people must become an integral part of such operations — powered by FlytNow capabilities such as fleet management, precision landing, autonomous charging, video recording, dual-camera feeds and airspace compliance.
With the pandemic expected to last a while, public safety officials will have to plan for emergency response (with minimal involvement of humans) during floods, hurricanes, and other natural disasters.
FlytBase, Inc. salutes and wishes well, all those involved in this mammoth exercise — our doctors, nurses, aid workers, public servants, first responders, and many other selfless and brave volunteers. We are keen to do our part by leveraging autonomous drone technology to mitigate the adverse effects of the novel coronavirus.
Get started with FlytNow Pro for free, to help your employees, customers, partners and the general public tackle COVID-19 safely. Learn more at http://flytnow.com/COVID-19
How to Fly a Drone with UAV Coach’s In-Person Drone Training
This month, UAV Coach announced their new in-person drone flight training classes, which are available in 20 states across the U.S. UAV Coach created the 90-minute, in-person training class for drone pilots to gain hands-on flight time with an instructor, practice with intelligent flight modes, and knowledge about what to do before, during and after a flight mission to stay compliant and safe.
drone training class
A private, one-on-one drone flight training class with a UAV Coach instructor takes place at the Parthenon in Centennial Park, Nashville, Tennessee.
IN-PERSON DRONE TRAINING CLASS
During UAV Coach’s in-person drone flight training class, students can expect to:
Meet with an expert and friendly instructor in a convenient outdoor location, like a park or athletic field
Learn on a popular DJI drone model that will be provided by the instructor
Have 30-45 minutes of hands-on flying time to master orientation, basic flight maneuvers, and more advanced flight skills
Walk through the DJI Go 4 app so that you understand the settings and indicators
Learn how to handle obstacles such as lost GPS, low battery charge or emergencies
Practice flying under various intelligent flight modes
Capture photo and video at your flight location
Understand best practices of being a safe drone pilot
Ask questions about regulations, software, flight operations management, checklists and more
Students do not need to have their own drone to take the course. UAV Coach’s highly vetted team of instructors provide a DJI Mavic, Phantom, or Inspire drone for the class.
As a UAV Coach instructor, I enjoy watching the students pick up and improve their flight skills and knowledge. Students will gain confidence and improved skills in just one session, and it’s a great deal of fun.
— Glen Sherwin, UAV Coach Instructor
UAV Coach debuted the class throughout the Southeast U.S. in July 2018, and expanded to 20 states in August 2018. Our locations continue to grow as we add more qualified instructors to our team. View current training locations on our class locations map.
The UAV Coach team expects to add more locations later this year throughout the U.S. If classes haven’t been added in your location yet, check out our online drone training resources.
The instructor will meet the student(s) for a private or group lesson in a convenient outdoor location, like a park or athletic field. All UAV Coach instructors are interviewed and subject to background checks. Additionally, all instructors have drone pilot experience in industries such as real estate, construction, and public safety. With years of experience in the field and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 107 certification, the UAV Coach drone pilot instructors are able to confidently answer student questions about regulations, software, flight operations, and more.
We’re proud of the impressive team of instructors we’ve brought on board. They’re passionate about the industry and excited to share their knowledge with students.
— Lana Axelrod, UAV Coach Chief Operating Officer
The cost of the class is $199, which includes 90 minutes with a FAA Certified Part 107 pilot, drone equipment for the class, 30-45 minutes of flight time, and regulatory compliance and safety training. FMS RC Airplane
This class is recommended for a variety of skill levels. You’ll benefit from UAV Coach’s in-person flight training course as a newcomer to the drone industry just getting into flying, an experienced drone pilot who wants to gain flight confidence and knowledge, or as a commercial drone pilot who wants to professionalize his or her operations. This is due to the fact that the instructor tailors each class to the student’s skill level and goals.
book in person drone training
After booking your flight class, we’ll ask you some questions to help us better understand your goals. Then, we use your answers to personalize the class, which can cover topics like flight operations management, rules and regulations, DJI flight modes, and intelligent / advanced programming.
OTHER DRONE TRAINING RESOURCES
There are additional, online resources for drone pilots learning how to fly or working towards their FAA Part 107 certification.
An excellent resource for novice drone pilots is our Drone Flying Guide — a beginner’s guide to multirotor systems & flight proficiency. This online guide covers drone flying lessons on quadcopter controls, pre-flight checklists, drone flying techniques, and more.
Commercial pilots and hobbyists working toward their FAA Part 107 Certification will benefit from another online resource, Drone Pilot Ground School (DPGS) — an online test prep course for commercial drone pilots looking to pass the FAA Aeronautical Knowledge Test for a Remote Pilot Certificate. Students who take the DPGS prep course go on to pass the Aeronautical Knowledge Test with a 99% pass rate.
Be sure to check back or subscribe to our newsletter for announcements about in-person drone flight training as we work on adding more locations.
We are the Dronecoria team, and we believe technology can help to fight the climate crisis.
One of the most effective ways to mitigate climate change and restore the health of our ecosystems is reforestation. To speed up this process we invented Dronecoria; an open source set of tools for large scale, low cost reforestation.
And we just launched a Crowdfunding campaign to improve this objectives, here is the video:
If we raise enough, we will do a pilot test to show the success rate of a reforestation of 30.000 trees in Spain.
Our goal is also to give this drones for free to different environmental organizations around the world: in Australia, Thailand, Brazil, Paraguay, Kenya and Madagascar, to scale up large scale reforestation with drones, and build a community that uses this open technology.
Actually it's a drone designed to have a 8 liters water bottle in the middle as a seed deposit. Is laser-cutted in 5mm plywood, because is cheap, lightweight and easy to replicate, you can check their technical caracteristics.
This is the design of Dronecoria V7 that we are creating with the crowdfunding, is smaller and lighter, and has some improvements too, like a lower center of gravity.
With version 6 we achieve 42 minutes of flight time with no payload and 16 Amp batteries, since we can sow an hectare in around 6 minutes, the operations of this drone are quite fast and we will use smaller batteries to improve the efficiency of the operations.
Please help us to fight deforestation with this open source drones, by contribute today or share the campaign.
The need for security and surveillance — whether residential or commercial — continues to steadily increase in a world of increasing volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. Privacy, not just security is becoming as much of a concern — with technology playing a central role on both fronts i.e. in violation of privacy and in the provision of security. This is where drones for security come in, powered by reliable hardware and intelligent software.
Traditional security systems (human guards, CCTV cameras, locks, access control systems, etc.) continue to prevail amongst security and surveillance providers. However, new technologies ranging from drones and robots to biometrics, AI and cyber-security have started to capture a larger share of the market. These technologies offer a range of benefits — automation, scalability, remote management, auditability, cost-effectiveness, reliability, mass customization and so on.
Use of Security Drones
Unmanned aerial vehicles (i.e. drones) are already part of the most advanced home and office security systems, with a fleet of drones programmed to launch from their nests, run repeated missions, capture aerial footage of the assets being secured, and return to their nests to charge and prepare for the next mission. By augmenting, if not replacing, human guards and static CCTVs, these ‘eyes in the sky’ can offer faster response to incidents, real-time situational awareness to the central command, live video feeds to remote stakeholders, and even serve as a deterrence to unfriendly elements.
Demand for Drones in Security & Surveillance applications
While regulation remains a challenge for outdoor operations such as aerial security and surveillance using drones, technology has advanced enough to enable drone-in-a-box security systems. These include not just drones, but also autonomous charging pads, weather-proof docking stations, intelligent automation via software, cloud connectivity and live remote operations. The key to large-scale adoption of such drone surveillance systems is their cost-effectiveness; which in turn requires the use of off-the-shelf drone hardware and SaaS-enabled solutions that minimize the upfront capital expenditure.
Importance of UAV for Residential & Commercial Security
Residential security drones have made the news in recent years, but it is industrial and commercial security systems that are seeing faster adoption. This is driven not only by enterprise initiatives in security automation but also by the rapidly increasing costs of human guards for drone security system providers, made worse by constant employee turnover.
By putting equipment, instead of humans, at risk of harm in case of adverse incidents, aerial surveillance drones minimize risk and enable better-informed decisions during security events. The best surveillance drones can, in fact, be rapidly sent to a location of interest, using GPS navigation and 4G/5G connectivity, to immediately stream live video feeds and even carry payloads such as sirens or warning lights. With thermal and IR cameras easily available, night-time drone patrols and alarms can be an integral part of aerial home/office surveillance systems.
Autonomous UAV Security & Surveillance Solution
Autonomy is — of course — the key to drones for security, since having human operators involved in UAV surveillance can not only add to the cost, but also introduce the risk of errors, or worse, loss of integrity of security operations. Software-driven automation of drones is thus driving their adoption for home security as well as industrial perimeter security. By defining specific points of interest, ideal schedules, and waypoint-wise camera action, such autonomous UAV security systems can be programmed to operate reliably and continuously and can be rapidly deployed across large swathes of residential or commercial areas. Automatic obstacle detection, collision avoidance and precision landing capabilities further expand the use-cases for drones in this context.
Making Drones Smarter for Security Solutions
By incorporating AI/ML techniques, image processing, and machine vision, drone security systems can even recognize things, track-and-follow intruders, and automatically identify objects that post threats. The physical size and weight of drones are reducing rapidly as the technology matures; such drones can make hard-to-reach locations easily accessible — and make harsh environments more secure — without putting humans at risk of harm.
Aerial video surveillance is thus turning out to be the next frontier for the security industry, powered by autonomous drone fleets that are intelligent, cloud-connected and remotely managed.
How can drones be easily, quickly adopted for security use-cases?
FlytBase offers a 28-day free trial for users to explore FlytNow Pro edition and its relevance to specific use-cases for security stakeholders. Customers can add their drone fleets, fly them autonomously, create flight plans & coordinate missions, set geo-fence and checklists, view and store live video footage and integrate drone operations into an existing system.
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