Sunflower Labs announced what they’re positioning as the “world’s first fully autonomous residential security drone” at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show this week.
The Sunflower Home Awareness System pairs always-on motion and vibration sensors with AI processing to provide privacy and peace-of-mind to homeowners, says the company.
“Thanks to the integration of AI and machine learning, homeowners can now have a truly smart security system that, over time, learns and reacts to its surroundings. Sunflower Labs is a leader in the next evolution in smart security,” says Alex Pachikov, co-founder and CEO of Sunflower Labs.
How Sunflower Home Awareness System & security drone works:
- The “Sunflowers:” Each Sunflower, disguised as garden lights, houses an array of motion and vibration sensors to constantly monitor activity on the property. Sunflowers are capable of detecting and differentiating people, animals and cars as well as displaying the activity on a map in real-time.
- The “Bee:” A fully-autonomous drone that navigates safely to observe activity. Features include automatic deployment, fully autonomous flight, ultrasonic collision-avoidance sensors, high-precision differential GPS and live streaming video, says the manufacturer.
- The “Hive:” Weatherproof housing and charging station which houses AI processing features.
If the system senses anything out of the ordinary, it sends an alert to the property owner’s mobile device. The owner can choose to launch an autonomous drone flight and view real-time aerial footage of the property via the Sunflower Labs app from anywhere in the world.
Applicability to SMBs & orgs
At a starting price of $9,950, this isn’t going to fly off the shelves in the average-consumer market. But could this cost be justified in a small- or medium-sized business or organization setting?
Benefits include 24-hour, data-driven security and the potential to eliminate other forms of expensive monitoring cameras and the storage necessities that go along with them.
Let us know what you think in the comments below: would you pitch something like this at your org?