Friday, December 26, 2014

Japanese Company Plans to Use Drones to Provide Security at 2020 Olympics


TOKYO – A Japanese company plans to use drones to provide security during outdoor events at the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, media reports said Thursday.

Secom Co., Ltd. unveiled the prototype for the Games, an unmanned 15-meter (49-foot) balloon equipped with a sophisticated video system, a powerful directional microphone and spotlights, the Nikkei business daily reported.

The drone, which can stay in the air for nearly two hours and travel at about 50 kph (31 mph) using a GPS system, picks up images and sounds on the ground from an altitude of about 100 meters (327 feet), relaying the information to a control center.

The apparatus is guided by personnel at the control center using special goggles that allow operators to move the camera with simple head movements.

The drone has been in development for three years and Secom plans to start selling the systems in 2016, with large-scale use planned for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


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