Japanese Private Security Firm to Begin Drone Rental in 2014
The deployment of unmanned aerial drones by military, state and local law enforcement within the United States has recently been the subject of news coverage. Police and military drone flights have been documented in many areas of the country, and many believe it’s just a matter of time before private entities unveil their own versions.
According to a December 2012 press release, Japanese security company Secom has developed a drone which it plans to begin renting to its business customers in 2014.
Alarm Triggers Launch
The camera equipped drone will take flight when intruder alarms are triggered. The drone resembles a helicopter and is designed to simultaneously transmit live pictures and record footage of break-ins as they happen.
The flying robot can take off when online security systems detect any unauthorized entry, according Asuka Saito, a spokeswoman for Secom.
“It would enable us to quickly check out what’s actually happening on the spot,” she said.
The drone is equipped with four sets of rotors and is based on a model developed by Germany’s Ascending Technologies and equipped with Secom-developed software, camera and other devices, Saito said.
One Giant Leap for Surveillance
Firms in Japan will be able to rent the drone as part of Secom’s online security system for an estimated $60 a month, Saito said. She added the company would also like to expand the service to other countries.
The company says the world’s first autonomous private drone for security use measures approximately two feet wide and weighs around 3.5 pounds. It will provide additional surveillance capability and allow coverage of any area left uncovered by fixed position cameras.
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