Monday, December 31, 2012

No. 675: An automatic flying surveillance robot by a security company (January 1, 2013)

Secom, Japan’s leading security company, developed a small flying robot designed for surveillance. Propeller-driven, the robot allows for automatic flight. If a suspicious vehicle enters into client’s premises outside office hours, the sensors installed on the building will detect it and transmit data to the stand-by flying robot, and the robot will immediately go into action. It chases the suspicious vehicle and films the vehicle and the physiognomy of suspicious persons in the vehicle higly accurately. The company will put it into practical application as part of its online security services for industrial users in 2014. The new service is intended for suburban shopping centers.

The flying robot knows the location of the suspicious vehicle and films it in face of it and sends information on the vehicle by radio to Secom’s surveillance center in real time. Secom’s staff will dispatch security agents or report to the police department depending on the images it receives. The flying robot is expected to prevent suspicious persons from entering into the premises. The company is planning to provide this service as an additional service for less than 5,000 yen per month in its online security service. Secom is now developing a system to prevent break-in by combining its sensor technology and IC tag technology as the next-generation service. Alsok, Japan’s second largest security company, has developed a system to detect a suspicious person entering into premise in a few seconds based on the laser sensor technology.

Secom’s flying robot for surveillance

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