The physical security market is one of the most compelling target segments for the commercial drone industry. As automation technology is adopted for industrial and commercial security, drone fleets will play a central role, given that they can be deployed autonomously, at scale. As drone regulations mature, security agencies, in particular, are expected to rapidly adopt drones to substantially reduce their operating costs, improve perimeter coverage & awareness, and equally important to minimize occupational, health & safety risks to human guards. Despite a variety of relevant use cases, the enterprise adoption of drones in this sector remains at the proof-of-concept and pilot stage; for production deployments to become widespread, three enablers are needed:
1 . Drone-in-a-box hardware that is cost-effective and yet reliable,
2. SaaS solutions that automate drones, are scalable and yet hardware-agnostic,
3. Integrated offerings that require low investment, & hence pay back in < 1 year.
For VLOS and EVLOS security operations, the drone-in-a-box requirement is less critical. Thus, security agencies, domain consultants, drone system integrators, managed service providers, and end users can all get started with off-the-shelf, prosumer-grade drones and existing SaaS offerings, and eventually add docking stations and charging pads to their autonomous drone security operations.
To get the most from the adoption of an autonomous drone solution the dream is to have a remote command center (ROC) with pilots ready at a moment’s notice to mobilize the onsite drone to respond to a call to action or conduct scheduled surveillance sweeps of infrastructure or property. As such a beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) approval from a remote (ROC) must be sought from the regulator to allow for remote operations. The good news is that approvals such as these have already been achieved by industry partners, Hover UAV in Australia. Such approvals allow for pilots to operate independently of the drone’s actual location allowing for valuable time-critical insights without the need for a physical presence onsite of any personnel.
If you are thinking of introducing autonomous drone operations to your workflow don’t hesitate to gain contact. At C3 Drones and Robotics, we have many hardware, software, and regulatory solutions and as such can tailor an entire package to get you operating BVLOS missions autonomously allowing for maximum return on investment bringing your business into the autonomous era.
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