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Automated Aerial Security Surveillance

Enhancing security with an automated solution that detects, alerts and provides visual information from above

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The challenge

On large sites it can be prohibitively expensive to install security cameras to monitor the entire perimeter to verify alerts. In addition, getting power and data infrastructure to cameras on the perimeter can be problematic depending on the site’s features. On complex sites, even with fixed cameras installed, it can also be difficult to have visibility of all areas and to track intruders across a site once they have breached the perimeter.  

To meet this challenge we are developing an automated solution that will detect and track intruders in real-time, across large sites, while providing visual information from above. The solution includes all the other advantages of AdvanceGuard such as easy integration with your existing VMS or PSIM system and a user-friendly interface. Now it is also possible to use drones for surveillance, automatically directed by AdvanceGuard to provide additional visual information operators can use verify alerts.

How will it work?

The new solution brings together AdvanceGuard’s radar-based, wide-area intrusion detection with the HEROTECH8 drone in a box technology to deliver a whole new capability. 

The AdvanceGuard software delivers real-time target location information to the HEROTECH8 system, which can be used to automatically direct a drone to provide visual information. Aerial visual information of the tracked targets is streamed back to AdvanceGuard and shown to the operator on AdvanceGuard’s friendly user interface.

AdvanceGuard’s 360°, long-range radars provide wide-area surveillance with the minimum of sensors. The HEROTECH8 drone has its own docking station, where it is housed and charged in between deployments, which can be strategically positioned on your site.

AdvanceGuard automatically detects and tracks potential intruders and alerts operators, maintaining a low false alarm rate and with its sophisticated rules-based software. The HEROTECH8 platform is able to pick ‘safe paths’ across your site, navigating the different features such as trees. AdvanceGuard has a GIS interface, and can define privacy and geo zones as required. The result is an automated end-to-end system, which provides the information security teams need to maintain a secure site of any size.

The automated system enables your team to respond, whilst keeping security personnel out of harm’s way. The presence of the drone communicates to the target that they have been detected and acts as a deterrent.

  • Minimal infrastructure is required for installation
  • Automatic operation
  • Changes the dynamic of surveillance
  • Integrates with a wide variety of cameras, including PTZ cameras

Expected technical performance

The integration provides an automated system that detects and tracks intruders in real-time, across large sites, while providing visual information from above. A cost-effective solution for sites where installing fixed cameras to visually verify potential threats is prohibitively expensive, it also delivers enhanced capabilities. The aerial view provided by the solution means intruders can be effectively tracked across complex sites. In addition, the drone’s presence disrupts the traditional dynamics of wide-area surveillance by providing a more proactive response.

  • Aerial visual information across large sites
  • Drones operate to cover AdvanceGuard's wide-area detection range 
  • Scalable solution
  • Fully automatic operation and recharging
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Preliminary trials of the AdvanceGuard-Herotech8 integration at Cranfield Airport

About AdvanceGuard

AdvanceGuard provides a reliable, cost-effective solution that delivers continuous automatic perimeter surveillance. For large complex sites, AdvanceGuard provides the most comprehensive security surveillance system available. It is ideal for applications such as critical national infrastructure, data, energy and water sites, and commercial installations.


HEROTECH8 is a robotics startup developing drone in a box technology to enable drones to be deployed, recovered and recharged without the need for an on-site pilot to provide an automated aerial surveillance capability.

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AdvanceGuard Product Manager

"If you would like aerial visual information to verify alerts in hard-to-reach parts of your site and to be able to respond proactively to intruders, without putting security personnel in harm's way, please get in touch to discuss how our new product development can help to meet your needs."

We are now looking for partners willing to work with us to carry out proof of concept trials for this new product development. We believe this application will significantly enhance security and safety at power stations, utility sites, data centres, and at port and harbours.  We also see benefits for critical infrastructure and security of high net worth individuals.

As an early adopter of this technology you will have the opportunity to influence the development of product for your application, prior to its formal launch. With experienced software, research and development, and commissioning teams at Navtech Radar, you can be assured we will work with you to meet your requirements.

Contact us to discuss the opportunity to trial this new technology.

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AdvanceGuard Product Manager

"If you are looking for a wide-area surveillance solution that works in all conditions, to detect small unmanned aerial vehicles in real-time across your security site, please get in touch to discuss how our intelligent drone detection solution can help to meet your needs."

Article first published: 19/07/2021

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