USAF makes use of autonomous drone-based surveillance

Travis Air Force Base has deployed Easy Aerial’s autonomous, drone-based surveillance solution.

“The 60. Air mobility wing, 60th Security Forces Squadron, in association with Simple antenna, a commercial provider of autonomous drone-based surveillance solutions, has developed and deployed the first automated drone-based surveillance and perimeter security system for a United States Air Force (USAF) installation, ”said a press release from Easy Aerial.

Easy Aerial and the USAF worked together on the development of the free-flight drone-in-a-box solution of the Smart Air Force Monitoring System (SAFMS) and a connected version (SAFMS-T). The two-year project was part of a Phase II program of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR). The solution is designed to meet Air Force Base Perimeter Security operational needs and situational awareness.

The solution is now being deployed at Travis Air Force Base. “After a long process, the program has entered an Initial Operational Capability (IOC) phase where the systems were approved for flight by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and started operating at Travis AFB,” it says in the press release. “The systems provide autonomous scheduled and on-demand flights that transmit the real-time HD and thermal data needed to protect airmen and assets from air, ground and possibly water threats in all environments. “

“Easy Aerial’s unmanned aerial systems are a cornerstone,” said MSgt Joshua Hicks, instructor for Travis AFB’s sixth SFS Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS). “This jointly developed technology offers our planes and critical goods unparalleled security. You will potentially save lives and time, effort and resources as we continue to expand our training and operations across the base. “

SAFMS and SAFMS-T ensure Travis AFB has “options for an instant eye in the sky that can be deployed in seconds,” the press release said. “After receiving a security trigger such as a fence alarm, a fire alarm or other emergency calls, the SAFMS can be programmed to automatically and autonomously navigate from its base station to the location of the trigger, thus offering unparalleled situational awareness. After completing the mission, the drone returns to the protection base station autonomously and lands there. There it is charged and waits for the next planned patrol or security-controlled mission. “

“The opportunity to work with the USAF and UAS Working Group at Travis AFB has been a tremendous honor and privilege,” said Ivan Stamatovski, CTO of Easy Aerial. “I was humbled by the collective expertise, insight and vision of this highly dedicated team, without which none of this would have been possible.”

“This was a collaborative effort as we worked closely together from start to finish, resulting in a bespoke solution for the USAF that meets all of their operational wants and needs while providing operational security for the aviators and assets. Their attention to detail and the identification of the operational capabilities that needed to be changed and implemented was amazing, ”said Stamatovski.

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