In 2012, Japanese company Secom launched the world’s first autonomous drone for private security. Plenty of private security firms have followed suit, such as Sky-Watch, a Danish company that sells drones renowned for their advanced surveillance capabilities. Those at Sky-Watch note that it’s not “if” drones become a surveillance standard, rather “when.”
It’s somewhat ironic that drones are applicable to airport security, considering hobby versions are banned from getting anywhere near one. Abu Dhabi and Gatwick were the first to use drones as tools for promoting on-site airport safety.
Drones lend themselves to crowd control, though the methods used might come under scrutiny. For example, the South African-based firm Desert Wolf sells Skunk Riot Control Copter, a drone system designed specifically for controlling crowds. The system features four high-capacity gun barrels loaded with up to 4,000 paintballs, solid plastic balls, and pepper spray balls. The idea is to “control unruly crowds without endangering the lives of the protestors or the security staff,” and the device has been sold to mining companies and security firms both in South Africa and abroad.
The Winter Olympics in Sochi used drones not only to capture amazing shots of skiers and snowboarders as they shredded through deep powder and sailed above half pipes, but also for security purposes. Drones provided 24-hour air surveillance over high-traffic areas and alerted security staff about any disturbances. Drones were used for the same reasons at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The idea was to “stifle unrest” before it became a serious issue.
President Francois Hollande and Prime Minister David Cameron recently put a 2 billion euro ($2.11 billion) drone project into practice while simultaneously reaffirming their military ties in light of current Syrian and Libyan conflicts. Cameron and Hollande announced the design of a new multi-use unmanned aircraft that would be ready for technical checks in 2020 and operation in 2030. "This will be the most advanced of its kind in Europe," Cameron remarked at a joint news conference, noting that the project would create many jobs in both countries. Each country will also contribute equally to the project, titled the Future Combat Air System. Britain's BAE Systems and Rolls Royce and France’s Dassault Aviation, Safran and Thales, are also participating. To read more, click here http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/World/2016/Mar-03/340399-france-britain-to-seal-2b-drone-deal-tighten-security-ties.ashx