Author: Joe Oliveri, Vice President, General Manager, Security, Johnson Controls’ Building Technologies & Solutions, North America
Published: Wed, Nov 7, 2018

Drone technology is easily misunderstood. More commonly, it’s linked to misconceptions, including invasion of privacy and illegal uses such as entering unauthorized locations. However, when used ethically and with the safety of facilities and occupants in mind, drones provide an enhanced layer of security.

For perimeter protection, drone technology can be used as a catalyst to an omnipresent future. With increasing interest from manufacturers, facility owners, security integrators and personnel, this advanced technology offers constant visual insights and notifications that otherwise could be overlooked, especially when trying to protect the perimeter. Stakeholders must consider integrating drones with their existing security measures to ensure facilities are secure 24/7.

Security Benefits of Drone Integration

Drones can be set for scheduled missions with autonomous task performance capabilities and can maneuver areas that otherwise may be difficult to access, strengthening reactive and preventative security presence. The surveillance footage acquired by drones provide greater sight into both aerial and hard-to-reach locations, reducing on-site human risks.

As a standalone technology, drones equip facility managers with useful information, but when integrated with traditional security measures, drone detection can enhance the overall effectiveness of a perimeter protection strategy. For example, existing lighting infrastructure around the perimeter can be retrofitted with drones. The drones can be stationed on the lighting structures where they can charge and be protected by their hub. In the event of an intruder, drones can help with earlier detection and enable alarms to warn off suspects while keeping constant surveillance on movement until security personnel intervene.

Drones along the perimeter can also be leveraged to detect any emergencies happening within facilities, like a potential fire, when integrated with other facility systems. If a building is filling up with smoke, drones can use its sensors to find a safe route to guide occupants out of the threatened location with connected light and communication systems. This use of drones helps intensify security personnel’s situational awareness for emergency situations and operational improvements, while ensuring the safety of occupants.

Seamless Integration

The benefits of integrated drone technology can’t be overlooked and implementing advanced safety and security solutions for your facility is now easier than ever before. Current perimeter protection strategies can be seamlessly integrated with drone detection technologies with the use of cloud-based systems and wireless connections, enabling a comprehensive security solution that will provide wall-to-wall protection for facilities and, most importantly, occupants. Learn more about how we can help protect your facility here.


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