Flying drones are big big news. The government uses them to kill people, the cops use them to catch bad guys and, for a moment, anyway, we thought we’d use them to deliver tacos. And now security companies are hoping to cash in with an autonomous eye in the sky to keep you safe.
Japanese security firm Secom announced on Thursday that it will lease security drones to clients beginning in May. The drones will fly into action at the first sign of danger and record the heist. The video feed will be streamed live to Secom, helping the company’s agents assess the situation before sending a real live guard or, cooler still, a fire-shooting robotic guard.
“The flying robot could take off if our online security systems detect any unauthorized entry,” Asuka Saito, a spokeswoman for Secom, told AFP. “It would enable us to quickly check out what’s actually happening on the spot.”