If your perimeter gets breached, this new security drone system will automatically check it out

by Brianna Crandall — November 5, 2018 — Perimeter surveillance software solutions manufacturer PureTech Systems has announced its latest capability, which provides for automated dispatch of a security drone to an alarm location. The alarm can originate from sensor sources capable of providing a location, including PureActiv geospatial video analytics, radar, acoustic buried/fence sensor, UGS, access control, contact alarm, or user input.

High-powered drone flying over an arid landscape

The PureTech Systems solution automatically dispatches a surveillance drone (shown: The Perimeter drone from Skyfront) to an alarm location with subsequent remote target detection and tracking. Image courtesy PureTech

High-resolution cameras, excellent stabilization measures, lighter materials and better battery life have combined to make drones efficient surveillance platforms, says the company. PureTech Systems has leveraged these technology advancements along with its industry leading video analytics and flagship geospatial management system to provide automated security response that includes drone dispatch, flight path guidance to the alarm location, continuously updated drone location, and camera field-of-view on the GIS map, and live video from drone-mounted cameras.

Video analytics and geospatial features combine to automatically dispatch a drone to an alarm location

Key features of the Dispatch-Drone-to-Alarm include:

  • Takeoff/Return — Fully automated drone start, takeoff and return
  • Flightpath Guidance — Automatic upload of waypoints to direct the drone to the event location; allows for flight plan changes and waypoint additions after initial dispatch
  • Live Video — Live streaming video to the PureActiv geospatial video management system (VMS) during all stages of the mission; full support of both visible and thermal camera feeds, including recording, playback and forensic review
  • Target Detect & Monitor — Automatic drone stand-off distance and altitude calculation for fixed camera payloads to ensure view of target, as well as the ability to maintain target in the camera field of view via drone heading control
  • PTZ Control — If outfitted, remote pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) control in hover mode
  • Drone Position Tracking — Drone location tracking and route display on map-based VMS
  • Drone Status Indication — Operator display of real-time drone status and health condition

Eric Olson, PureTech Systems vice president of marketing, noted:

Recent technology advanced have made drones a very attractive security surveillance tool, providing an additional layer of automation, detection and response. This integration, allowing for the automatic dispatch of a drone or UAV to a security event, is the first step in what we envision to be a robust technology roadmap, utilizing PureTech Systems’ patents related to airborne operation and detection from moving platforms, our know-how in sensor integration, use of geospatial methods, deep learning and further evolution of drone technology to bring remote security and automation to the next level.

The first integration was performed with The Perimeter, a hybrid gas-electric multicopter drone from the company Skyfront. The Perimeter, which boasts a record-breaking five-hour endurance and 100+ mile range, were featured with PureTech Systems’ dispatch-to-alarm capability at customer demonstrations taking place concurrent with this announcement.

Troy Mestler, CEO of Skyfront, remarked:

The combination of the Perimeter drone and PureActiv video management system is a cost-effective, scalable, and fundamentally better way to secure very large installations. Property owners can have eyes on the ground at the site of a breach, miles away, in less than five minutes. We look forward to demonstrating this solution to customers with PureTech Systems.

For more information about the new Dispatch-Drone-to-Alarm capability, visit the PureTech Systems website. The Phoenix, Arizona-based company manufactures wide-area perimeter surveillance software solutions including internally developed outdoor video analytics, multisensor integration and a map-based (real object size) command and control. It serves Fortune 1000 firms, petrochemical, water and electric utilities, seaports, airports, and federal, state and local governments nationally and internationally.