Japan's security firm offers private drone to reduce crime

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 28, 2012 13:23 hrs

Melbourne: A Japanese security company is planning to rent out a private drone that takes off when intruder alarms are tripped and records footage of break-ins as they happen.

The helicopter-like device is equipped with a small surveillance camera that can transmit live pictures of a crime taking place, News.com.au reported

According to Asuka Saito, a spokeswoman for Secom, the flying robot could take off if online security systems detect any unauthorised entry, and would enable quick checking out of what's actually happening on the spot.

The machine with four sets of rotors is based on a model provided by Germany's Ascending Technologies and equipped with Secom-developed software, camera and other devices.

The company says that the world's first autonomous private drone for security use measures 60 centimetres wide and weighs 1.6 kilograms and will allow factory managers to monitor areas left uncovered by static cameras.

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