Aptonomy Inc. has gone above and beyond with the introduction of their new security system. The company has developed security drone technology that could make prison breaks, robberies or malicious intrusions a lot harder for those with intent.
Labelling it a kind of “flying security guard,” the company has built its systems around the DJI S-1000+, a camera-carrying octocopter.
On top of the original design, Aptonomy adds a new flight controller, and second computer to power day- and night-vision cameras, bright lights, and loudspeakers, among other features.
More importantly than the hardware features, Aptonomy has also developed an artificial intelligence and navigational system that allow the drone to fly low and fast, avoid obstacles in structurally-dense environments, and detect human activity or faces autonomously.
The system allows a user to open up a browser, get onto the Aptonomy interface, select a point on a map to send out a drone to a particular location, then watch the flight in real time, or review a recording of it later.
The drone is also programmed to recognise when the batteries are running low so they can fly back to a charging station to power up.
Aptonomy co-founders Mihail Pivtoraiko and Siddharth Sanan explained that “most unmanned aerial systems in commercial use are being used from hundreds of feet in the air to do things like thermal or topographic mapping at this point. But those drones can’t perceive human faces, like security guards must.”
Meanwhile, prosumer (professional) camera drones that fly lower are not equiped with motion controls and perception required to navigate safely around complex environments like a nuclear power plant, cell towers or a supermax prison.
Aptonomy’s drones rove over a set area, and can be accessed by a guard who is hundreds or thousands of miles away.
Using the drone, users can record suspicious activity, shine a light on intruders, allow two-way communication with the intruder through loudspeakers, and generally scare off potential troublemakers as an intimidating presence in the air.
One energy company has preordered Aptonomy’s drones to use at oil refineries this year. “Refineries are in remote locations and are very hard for human security guards to patrol. But they are a target for attacks,” Pivtoraiko noted.
Mihail and Siddharth believe that businesses with lots of infrastructure-related assets will want to use their drones to supplement, or even replace, their human patrols.
On top of all the security features included, the drone can be programmed to approach intruders in a way that is compliant with all relevant laws and protocols.
With this new interface being introduced, robotic security will now become a thing of the present.