Israeli company develops a fully autonomous drone to secure energy sites. Based on real-time computer vision technology, the drone conducts security and inspection tasks at sensitive infrastructure sites. Edward Baran reports.
Is this the security guard of the future? Israeli developers say their fully autonomous drone system can provide round-the-clock protection at sensitive locations. By using sensors and real-time computer vision technology, it's claimed it can react to potential security threats. (SOUNDBITE) (English) ARIEL AVITAN, PERCEPTO'S CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER. SAYING: "Our applications are based on three tiers of value: first one is security - the ability for the drone to autonomously detect humans or cars by using computer vision in real-time, and enabling the drone to identify a human or a car, alert that there is something wrong, or there is someone... a suspicious object near a fence and then track it if needed." The company's promotional video depicts a security breach scenario. The drone is seen launching automatically and heading to the designated area after a security alert was generated. As it arrives on site it uses computer vision technology to analyse the image, and identify and follow the intruder until a security team arrives. (SOUNDBITE) (English) OFIR BAR LEVAV, SECURITY EXPERT, TYCO INNOVATION, SAYING: "The drones enable us to offer something unique in terms of value to our customers as we offer something which is not just a fixed camera looking at a specific field of view, but actually enables us to replace manned guards, manned patrols." There are hurdles to overcome -- some have raised privacy concerns and the use of commercial drones isn't yet fully regulated. But developers say the future of keeping sensitive locations safe is the eye in the sky.