Securex brings drones to the 2020 party

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“Drones are currently a hot topic within the security space, with growing scope for their use in site assessments, for patrolling and inspection purposes, and also for perimeter and large area surveillance.”

That’s according to Sven Smit, event director at Specialised Exhibitions, part of the Montgomery Group. “And because drones are becoming an increasingly important part of an organisation’s value chain and holistic security management strategy at a global level, we want to bring a greater focus to this technol7ogy at this year’s Securex South Africa expo.”

Sven Smit, event director at Specialised Exhibitions, part of the Montgomery Group.

The South African drone market is certainly on the up-and-up. According to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s ‘South African Drone Market 2019’ report, the global drone market is expected to increase from $14 billion in 2018 to more than $43 billion in 2024 (a compound annual growth rate of 20.5 per cent).

South Africa is the largest drone market within Africa currently, says Smit, with these unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) being utilised by industries including agriculture, mining, construction and municipalities, as well as for security purposes.

Drone Guards, a provider of drones, drone pilots and unmanned aerial surveillance systems, will be exhibiting at Securex 2020 in an event-first, continues Smit.

“They will be showcasing the ‘eye in the sky’ as an effective measure of protecting people and property at this year’s show” he says, adding: “The drones will also be of interest to visitors of our two co-located trade shows, A-OSH EXPO and Facilities Management Expo, due to their growing use within the construction industry in particular.”

Drone Guards will be working closely with the team at Gallagher Convention Centre to add a layer to its existing security operations. The company will be using drones to patrol the external Gallagher car park, streaming real-time footage to the Drone Guards exhibition stand (F23).

Drone Guards experts and trained pilots will also available to Securex visitors to interpret the video feed and explain how this type of technology can be used in different commercial and residential scenarios.

The multi-rotor drone that will be used at Securex will follow a pre-identified route using GPS co-ordinates, patrolling the perimeter of the car park and demonstrating route randomisation, the practicalities of battery life and charging, as well as manual control via an on-site remote pilot station.

It will be a real-life demonstration on how drones can be integrated into existing security measures, says Smit, as they will be working in tandem with the Gallagher control room and on-ground security team.

Securex takes place from 2-4 June 2020 at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg and is co-located with both A-OSH EXPO and Facilities Management Expo.