Fidelity deploys surveillance drones in suburb of Johannesburg

Private security firm Fidelity Services Group is a pioneer in the use of drones to guard residential developments in the Grand Fourways in North Johannesburg.

The company says the deployment of drones will increase proactive crime prevention and the ability to plan crime prevention operations, while facilitating a faster response to incidents and live crime scenes.

Fidelity’s new offer is implemented in partnership with the UDS Group, a certified drone operating company, and will be tested in the greater Fourways area for two months, then expanded to other suburbs, estates and shopping centers.

The service consists of a mobile command center with a trained drone pilot and a fully equipped state-of-the-art drone. Fidelity claims to have previously used drones successfully in the commercial space to secure infrastructure such as pipelines and cables.

“We believe that drones and the deployment of a mobile drone team will not only act as a very effective visible deterrent to criminals, but will also help to immediately track down and locate criminal elements once an outside perimeter dies. ‘a domain has been breached, or in any scenario where suspects are on the run from a security domain, ”says Wahl Bartmann, CEO of Fidelity Services Group.

“The command center is linked to a tactical response unit for both reactive and proactive purposes. Customers contact a call center to activate the drone response, and at sites where Fidelity ADT is already monitoring, the drone response will be incorporated into the incident escalation process. ”

Bartmann says the company will work hand-in-hand with Vumacam’s suburban surveillance system and in strict compliance with all privacy and aviation restrictions and laws.

“Drones must be authorized and flight details must be approved to fly in certain areas,” explains Bartmann. Drone operations can also only be conducted with the permission of the landowner and / or another designated person capable of providing such permission.

“We are very excited about the introduction of drone technology into the residential space as an additional way to tighten the net for criminals and add an extra layer of security. Its success has already been proven in remote areas and we are confident that we will experience similar success in specific residential areas.

Increasingly, drones are being used in other parts of the country to address security concerns, including the fight against rhino poaching in South Africa.

In Cape Town, due to the wave of violent attacks on tourists on Table Mountain, the Tourism Ministry has announced plans to deploy drones, as well as install cameras to ensure the safety of site visitors. touristic.

These drones, according to Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, are similar to those used in efforts to combat rhino poaching in South African national park sites.

According to a DefenseWeb report, officials from the South African Police Service and the Johannesburg Metro Police Department said unmanned aerial vehicles (or drones) will be used in the future for law enforcement, public safety and law enforcement. disaster management.

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