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JUL 2019

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July 2019 / www.SecurityInfoWatch.com / Security Business 39 on tankers traveling through areas of conflict. A two-mile perimeter at sea offers crucial time in a hostile situation when assistance is not available. With the UAV’s IR cameras and sensing payloads, leaks and other dangerous conditions are easily accessed and viewed from a safe distance. Rail: If you were to think of a rail route as a longer pipeline, drone pilots are now able to cover vast expanses of track and crossings of roads in a fraction of the time, often saving lives. With AI and object recognition, even small objects that pose a derailing threat can be detected. Also, passenger car behavior at rail crossings can also be monitored to justify enhanced crossing barriers and signals. Real Estate: According to MLS statistics, homes with aerial images sold 68 percent faster than homes with standard images. Video tours that incorporate drone footage make property stand out and attract new listings. According to the National Association of Realtors, 73 percent of homeowners say that they are more likely to list with a real estate agent who use aerial video to market their home; however, only nine percent of agents actually create listing videos themselves – an opportunity for the systems integrator. The UAV can be used in all areas of real estate, including commercial, residential and industrial properties. Drones help real estate professionals can create promotional videos, photos and unique shots that normal camera aspects cannot capture. The easy-to-use video and photo platform enable properties to stand out, providing views that are typically shown with computer animation or costly helicopter rentals. VLOS images are useful for new planning, zoning and large developments, with multiple height pictures and elevation views. Transportation: Timely information on highway traffic flow and incidents, and the transmission of this info to the appropriate decision maker are the key requirements for improving traffic and incident management. The UAV, when equipped with HD video cameras and/or other sensors, can provide timely information regarding traffic incidents while improving safety and security for the public. Agriculture: In the agriculture vertical, drones can aid in providing invaluable data for land and soil management. Using HD video, HD photos and IR cameras allows for detailed analysis and recording. With photo rendering software, 3D maps and topography can be used in conjunction with time-lapse photos to create highly detailed maps for erosion, flood mapping and other critical aspects of land management. Internal Uses From an integrator’s perspective, drones can provide cost- and time-saving benefits that range from eliminating trial and error to saving on labor costs. Specifically, drone technology has proven beneficial in supporting sales and especially for surveying sites for deployment and installation planning. Drones, in fact, can play a key role for integrators in the site survey process. They can cut installation costs and time substantially, making the investment beneficial in the short term and long term. A $1,500 high-end commercial-use drone pays for itself with one large video surveillance site survey – which can cost as much as $1,000 a day if a bucket truck and a crew of three or more people are needed. Read more from CEO Dave Sweeney of security integrator Advantech in this article from March 2018: www.securityinfowatch.com/12400910. For now, the first order of business for a savvy security integrator is to find or train a pilot on staff…and get the business ready to cash in on the money in the sky. ■ » Steve Surfaro is Chairman of the Public Safety Working Group for the Security Industry Association (SIA) and has more than 30 years of security industry experience. He is a subject matter expert in smart cities and buildings, cybersecurity, forensic video, data science, command center design and first responder technologies. Follow him on Twitter, @stevesurf. Common Abbreviations COA - Certificate of Authorization, or FAA approval for a UAV flight FAA - Federal Aviation Administration, a United States Department of Transportation Agency with the authority to regulate and oversee all aspects of American civil aviation. RPAS - formal term for drones, standing for Remotely Piloted Aircraft System SAR – Search & Rescue Operation, conducted by fire departments and other first responders UAS - Unmanned Aircraft (UA) or Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) terms are used to describe the aircraft itself, whereas the term Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) is the aircraft, the control station from where the aircraft is operated and the wireless connectivity. VLOS, EVLOS AND BVLOS – VLOS (Visual Line Of Sight) is 500 meters or less from the pilot; EVLOS (Extended Visual Line Of Sight) goes beyond 500 meters to a distance at which the UAV is still within the pilot’s sight; BVLOS is Beyond Visual Line Of Sight, where the pilot has no visual reference of the aircraft.

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