Virginia Patent of the Month – June 2021

There are a wide variety of surveillance drones including aquatinc, flying, and rolling drones. As the drone navigates its way through a property, it uses a combination of sensors, detectors and cameras. Alarm.Com Inc strives to create security technology that provides their users with peace of mind. Recently, they’ve been working on developing a method to optimize the drones navigational paths. Optimization of the navigational abilities makes the drone much more efficient and effective. 

A community monitoring device might use drones that can monitor events across a whole neighborhood. The drones use typical image sensors to collect data and report back to a monitoring system control unit. The monitoring system can then process this data and determine if a security event is occurring and respond accordingly. When the drones leave the monitoring station to begin patrol or to investigate an event, they automatically create a navigation path In order to optimize this path, Alarm.Com has designed a program that allows the drone to take in the available sensor data and build a navigational model of the community. The drone then marks the surveillance objectives on this model and develops the most direct route, adjusting it’s initial navigation path to this improved one. This path is smart, taking in the available data and trying to gather a broader range of details for security purposes. For instance, the drone can analyze the available sensor data, recognize there is an alert for an intruder that is headed towards an camera-less area. The drone can then focus on gathering image data such as vehicle description, license plate, and their face. Rather than simply heading to the alert location with no plan, the drone system is better prepared to gather the required intel.

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