Secom, one of Japan’s largest home security firms, revealed today that would offer rentals of the world’s first private security drone. The newly developed equipment features state of the art software and a security camera, and is able to detect as soon as an intruder breaks into a house.
With its small helicopter-like blades, the flying drone can record intruders and the crime scene, and transmit live video footage. Secom Spokeswoman Asuka Saito says their online security systems automatically detect unauthorized entry, then the flying robot is used to quickly determine what is going on at the scene. The drone features a set of four rotors and was modeled after a similar equipment made by Germany’s Ascending Technologies. It weighs only 1.6 kilograms (3.5 pounds) and measures 60 centimeters (23.6 inches) wide.
Secom says the device is specifically designed for security purposes, which seems it would be a bit of a waste in Japan, where violence and serious crimes are rare. But the company points out that the drone would be helpful in factories or other large facilities where stationary cameras aren’t able to cover everything. Rentals won’t begin until around April 2014, and will cost about 5,000 yen (approx. $58) per month. Wisely Secom mentions that it would like to explore offering the service and equipment in other countries as well.[via Press TV]