Security and Critical Infrastructure
Security is first. UAVs are equipped with numerous sensors, advanced processors, and they can grab a lot of information very quickly. Organizations need to consider how to protect their assets with accurate drones. To prevent data theft, the drone should be kept safe when on site. Dronehub is designed with no external signal receivers. This means that the only device connected to the drone is the ground docking station. This makes it easy to secure from a data security viewpoint. Large companies cannot use a random drone with default software. There is no guarantee that data is collected by the right people. Selecting the right drone solution is also an important aspect in terms of cybersecurity
But drones, which are smaller, cheaper, and more efficient than manned-aircraft like helicopters, have very quickly democratized access to aerial security and surveillance and opened up the skies to companies of all sizes across sectors.
Security professionals need to understand the use of drones, conduct drone security and assessment for their venue and put into place a drone response plan that details the steps to take, within current laws, to mitigate the risk to the venue or event.
- Rapid deployment
- Flexibility – Using a Drone for Security can allow you to cover a large area easily and the High Definition cameras allow you to make sense of what it sees. However, you can also fly a Drone through difficult to navigate and narrow areas that might be inaccessible to patrols on foot. Drones are additionally flexible because they can be pre-programmed to take a certain path which reduces the possibility of inconsistent piloting.
- Response Time – a top of the range Drone can accelerate from 0 to 50mph in a little over 4 seconds, allowing you to make contact with a suspect or respond to an incident in no time at all. Rapid access to real-time insights in this manner provide accurate situational awareness which is the main challenge in any physical security situation.
- Reduced Risk – Drones provide real-time aerial video and HD photography, which can be delivered directly to the personnel on the ground. This affords security staff the chance to make more informed decisions, both in times of emergency and during routine patrols. Using a Drone for Security would allow an investigation without compromising the safety of the crew.
- Return on Investment – Drones are relatively cheap to acquire. DJI is generally considered to be the market leaders in personal and commercial UAVs and have Drones ranging from £400 to £2,000. There is an additional cost of acquiring a licence (see below). With all of this being said, within a month of this outlay, a perimeter patrol staff would have earned a similar amount and so the Drone would have paid for itself. If used effectively, a Drone in the Security Sector could be a wise investment.