Home Security Drones Could Be Next Big Thing In Protecting Loved Ones And Property From Intruders

Darien Cavanaugh

Home security drones could be the next big thing in protecting loved ones and property from intruders.

Alarm.com is developing a home security system that will link the cameras on fully-automated drones to your smartphone, according to CNET's Ry Crist.

"Alarm.com has a big, bold idea for how to smarten up your home security: camera-equipped drones capable of flying through your home to investigate unexpected activity," Crist writes.

"The subscription-based home security provider tells us that it's partnering with Qualcomm's Snapdragon Flight Drone Platform to develop the technology to make it happen. The idea is for the drones to be totally autonomous, meaning that they could find their way to the specific location of a tripped motion sensor or a sudden noise, then send video of the disturbance right to your smart phone."

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"For example, if you typically lock your door every weekday around 7:00 PM, but then don't, it'll send you a notification, complete with the option to lock the door remotely from your phone," Crist explains.

Qualcomm is proud to be working with Alarm.com and sees considerable potential in the partnership.

"The Qualcomm Snapdragon Flight platform pushes the boundaries of the drone industry and has led to many new form factors and use cases," Hugo Swart, the senior director of product management for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., told CNET.

"Alarm.com, with its security expertise, is taking commercial and residential security systems to the next level by integrating intelligent and cutting edge drones to its solutions."

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"Snapdragon Flight brings together photography, navigation, and communication technologies in a compact and efficient package that fits on a single board. This helps reduce the size, weight, and power consumption of drones that use the board, which in turn supports longer flight times, safety, and easy-to-use form factors for consumers."

Integrating Alarm.com's home security system with the Snapdragon board could provide other opportunities for tying it into smart home technologies and other technologies down the road. It is not too far-fetched to imagine a drone sending audio and video clips to law enforcement officers or uploading them to a cloud or other digital storage space for additional security.

The drones could, at least theoretically, also be modified to actually defend against intruders. After all, General Robotics' DOGO tactical combat robot, which is about the size of a toy remote-controlled car, packs a Glock pistol as well as non-lethal armaments such as pepper spray and a "dazzler" light that can temporarily blind a person from 5 to 10 meters away, according to Defense Update.

You probably would not want a bunch of little drones wielding Glocks flying around your home, but ones armed with pepper spray and a dazzler could come in handy in a pinch. Maybe.

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