For the last few years, you are safe to say that drone technology has taken off a lot. Whether they are cheaper ones or heavy-duty military drones, there is no doubt you’ve heard of these flying and high-tech computers.
Although consumer drones have become popular among photographers and enthusiasts, sectors across the UK are deploying drones to improve safety, gather data, and drive efficiency. Beyond this, drones are set to have a great impact on one sector, especially – security.
While unmanned aerial vehicles and drones have been used in police and military for years, security and surveillance drones have now found an increased application in private security sectors.
Uses of Drones
Basically, drones can be categorized into three main platforms. These include Hybrid VTOLs, Rotary-wing, and Fixed-wing. They can as well be classified further depending on their weight, energy source, characteristics, size, and flying.
Fixed-wing, which is operational in leading defense forces globally, can be used for long-range missions because of their features, such as flying attitude, fuel consumption, and high speed.
In general, the ability of many drones to hover for longer duration makes them suitable for rescue operations, border surveys, small-cargo delivery, and ISR.
Advantages of Drones for Surveillance and Security
The costs of drones are significantly less compared to traditional aerial imaging techniques. Today, even a higher-end automated mapping system doesn’t cost more than $30,000, whereas a simplified one costs less than $1,000.
Drones in surveillance and security applications also have a unique capability to access difficult and distant places to reach faster than hired personnel. This is especially helpful when the facility’s security staff is limited, like in areas with the costly inventory at a distance or a large plant operation. Apart from remote monitoring and cost savings, other benefits of using drones include:
- Low lighting operations
- Return on investment
- Rapid response
The Future of Surveillance and Security Drones
The future looks great for commercial drone applications. Day by day, they are quickly becoming a vital part of society. As a matter of fact, they have managed to help individuals locate missing people, fight fires, and support environmental conversation efforts.
Especially surveillance and security drones are being used by private individuals, law enforcement, and private security organization. Law enforcement mostly uses drones as important tools for collecting information that can be useful in very high-crime places.
Drones might as well be used to monitor crowns on the ground for illegal threats or activities. For example, at large protests or concerts, police officers will be able to keep a closer eye on the crowd. This enables them to detect criminal activities without endangering their lives.
Developments in the future, along with drones’ simplicity, are likely to propel their use through. A good example of this includes 3D printing, which makes it possible to print very durable polymer drones more cost-effectively.
The fact is that the adoption of drones has a far-reaching positive effect on their society. Plus, it is more likely that these tools will soon dominate almost all industries and create job opportunities for technical professionals and engineers, thereby becoming the main contributor to the economy.