Did the robots arrive?  UAV-based security assessment

Did the robots arrive? UAV-based security assessment

Every veteran security manager wrestles with the familiar balancing act of trying to keep costs under control while getting maximum performance from a team of security guards.

This list of financial and tactical challenges is long and not new. Except for the standard set of radios and flashlights, foot patrols haven’t changed much in a thousand years.

Whether in a Viking camp, a Renaissance castle, Henry Ford’s car factory or today’s cutting-edge data center, uniformed guards roam a mind-numbing routine, keeping an eye out for intruders or danger. The pay isn’t great, nor are the results when something out of the ordinary happens…assuming they’re even in the right place, at the right time, to notice it.

The limitations of these human security teams are vast, and when taken together, they are incredibly frustrating. There are four root causes:

  • terms and conditions. We humans need to eat, we can work a limited number of hours a day, call in sick, we need time off, and yes, we often have to go to the restroom. Since the Industrial Revolution, we’ve come to accept these scenarios as time we pay for…but get nothing in return.
  • Human sentinels don’t scale. Because a guard can only be in one place at a time, the idea of ​​”covering” can only mean continuous but intermittent patrols. It is clearly more economical to have a few guards on the go, going around in and out of different locations one by one, than to spread out a larger team exhaustively and at once. The problem with the current system, of course, is that if an intruder gets inside, the generator overheats, or the water pipe bursts. immediately after that A guard passed, detection is delayed until the next pass – wherever he is!
  • Only superheroes can fly, shrink or detect “invisible” heat. Most environments are at risk of crises caused by problems invisible to the human eye (overheating of equipment, a leak over a warehouse structure or in a sparsely trafficked area, or a thief hidden in the shadows, for example), or within a physical. A group of human sentinel on Earth. Even the most attentive patrols avoid detection, not to mention those guards who avoid hot, uncomfortable, remote or dangerous areas.
  • We are uniquely qualified to create human error. Security and safety patrols are never cool. Can you really blame a ranger for losing his edge after spending eight hours in the same unchanging environment, night after night? This reality means that even with all the best intentions, details are missed, scenes are remembered wrong, and safety and security are compromised.

Enough about the problem. It’s painful, and has long been accepted as the cost of doing business.

take in the air

The alternative is a futuristic solution that is, finally, not really in the future: an automated fleet of airborne drones that can—at a fraction of the cost of a human sentinel—get the job done automatically, autonomously, and comprehensively, avoiding the obstacles that frustrate security managers.

Drones include a wide range of advanced technologies that give them amazing capabilities:

  • They move independently on predetermined routes but can avoid obstacles and pause in environments that need exploration as they take stock of the things they do that they don’t expect to encounter.
  • Flight progress and real-time cameras can be monitored remotely.
  • It can carry highly sensitive sensors to detect heat and “see” in the dark.
  • They move around without using a GPS (which works poorly indoors).
  • They can even keep watching with their 360-degree cameras while docking themselves for recharging.

How do drones stack up

How does this approach outperform its human counterpart? First, the drones have no time restrictions — they work nights, weekends, and holidays, and don’t object to double or triple shifts.

They don’t need overtime pay, no sick leave or vacation. This is particularly attractive during off hours when the facility is empty. For example, Swiss luxury watchmaker Movado is currently trialling autonomous indoor drones at the group’s distribution center in Monachie, N.J., to serve as an extra physical security measure for overnight and weekend coverage when adding a workforce would be prohibitively expensive.

Then, artificial intelligence and incredible onboard processing power allow drones to make millions of decisions every minute, while navigating, analyzing, recording, and reporting. They do not tire, lose focus, or allow boredom to impair their efficiency.

Avantis, a software company with an ultra-secure mindset for server rooms and other assets, has been plagued by false alarms that have sent many executives rolling out of bed to drive and investigate. Now they have drones in action that compare what they have anticipation Why are they In fact See, team feeds provide real-time security and peace of mind, without false alarms.

A large data center service provider benefits from a similar sense of security in its security-conscious facility. Continuous drone inspections are conducted throughout the night and on weekends. Drones scan the complex for any changes, faults, or leaks and monitor the temperature to ensure site safety and continuous operation.


Now let’s talk about mobility. Moving in a 3D world, drones are not limited to the ground. As the Osem-Nestle factory in Israel discovered, drones are the perfect safety tool for flying high enough to clear the shelves and inventory units in its many warehouses, providing an important layer of protection for workers below; A loose IUD or an off-kilter box can be fatal.

To be clear, none of the above benefits are achieved with the use of security cameras. Cameras should be installed in every room, hall and open area, at different angles, in an effort to eliminate blind spots.

This is an impossible and expensive endeavor that drones tackle with ease. Then there is the cost of those cameras. Wiring, maintenance, updates and a team of human security personnel who still need to be on hand to monitor those cameras.

In short, while thousands of companies across dozens of sectors are working on specific industrial problems using robotic technology (to handle repetitive or complex tasks with precision and speed), few can say that it is eliminating as many weaknesses in their business as the security and safety sector does.

Fast, cheaper and more accurate than humans, the drone-based security platform is a single-handed solution to a long list of problems that no longer have to be accepted as the status quo.

About the author: Ofir bar levaf is CBO internal robots, a developer of fully autonomous indoor drones for security, safety, and maintenance missions in indoor environments. Prior to joining Indoor Robotics, Ofir was General Manager and Vice President of Open Ventures and Innovation at Johnson Controls where he led select JCI investments and startup partnerships. Prior to joining JCI, Ofir worked for Tyco Israel and P&G Israel on various scrolls including Finance Director and Business Administration.

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