Secom tests eye in sky crime drone

Kyodo

Security services company Secom Co. on Wednesday unveiled a helicopterlike drone prototype it said can detect and videotape suspicious vehicles and people breaking into the premises of a shop, warehouse, factory or other properties.

Equipped with four propellers, the machine, which is 60 cm long and wide and weighs around 1.6 kg, takes off once it receives an alert from ground-based laser sensors to approach the target and transmit video data to its control center, Secom said.

The company said it aims to start renting the machine for less than ¥5,000 a month in fiscal 2014. Secom said it is interested in selling the service in other countries as well.

“To reduce the number of crimes, we wanted to develop a flying robot that can approach a culprit and his or her vehicles as closely as possible,” said Secom chief Shuji Maeda.