The system is designed to fly without a pilot or need for complicated ground station and can be placed in many applications
including security and surveillance.
The TOR Robotics Q-4 Drone is a fully autonomous multi rotor vertical takeoff (VTOL) System designed to enhance efficiency and expand capabilities in both private and public applications. The system is designed to fly without a pilot or need for complicated ground station and can be placed in many applications including security and surveillance.
The Q-4 Drone is designed primarily for flying missions in difficult to reach locations for inspection like building rooftops, pipelines, electrical networks, livestock, boarders, recreational areas, etc. Utilizing cameras and other optical devices the drone is able to provide a variety of different services to customers depending on the need.
The System requires a simple ground station for recharging and downloading and the Q-4 drone. User interface is simple, designed to be durable, remote accessible and as simple as operating a home computer.
The Q-4 will automatically take off and begin flying its travel route using pre determined points from the planned mission. The drone can be configured with a camera system that can be set up to capture panoramic video at designated points along the way. It could be set to find specific objects to focus in on with a second high definition camera with zoom capabilities. In addition, the drone is able to analyze video and locate motion, send video to security operations, measure distance to objects and their speed, and even signal an alarm or make an audio announcement.
The Q-4 is very reliable. In the event of an encounter with an obstacle along the way, the software will adjust and make the necessary corrections in order to resume the mission. Once the mission is complete or the battery levels reach a critical level, the drone will return to the ground station automatically, land, download mission data and system diagnostic feedback to the ground control station and ready for the next mission.
Our major clients are:
- Security companies
- Border Patrol
- Coast Guard
- Industrial complexes with a large operating area
- Pipeline operating companies
- Nuclear power plants
- Power stations
- Large warehouses
- Oil refineries and chemical plants
- Processing plants
- Military units
- Fire protection
- Restricted use zones, to which access is limited (reservoirs, large ponds, wildlife areas, farming and agriculture, etc.)
- Military and test sites Large private estates with a large acreage area Recreation areas and resort/hotel accommodations in remote areas
- Environmental companies
- Large housing communities by the Home Owners Association
- Police and Special forces
- Search and Rescue operations where search large areas need to be searched for missing children, expeditions, lost/downed aircraft, escaped prisoners, avalanche victims, disaster survivors, etc.
- Presence of a large area around the complex or territory
- High cost of or inability of organizing a patrol guard for an around the clock patrol
- A significant initial cost investment and or ongoing guard cost
- Requirement for rapid response
The number of potential customers may be further expanded, but the hallmarks of major clients are:
The TOR Robotics Q-4 drone is completely autonomous and independent of operators.
Unlike many operator controlled systems, the Q-4 Drone does not need a pilot or any of the control challenges associated with remotely controlled machines. Operational issues in the field are mainly associated with the location of an operator. Piloting a unit which is out of sight is a difficult task, even for an experienced pilot. For optimal performance piloted micro drones require trained and experienced operators which are hard to find and expensive to train.
In this situation, the droid travels to and between pre designated locations bringing its cameras and surveillance systems with it.
Recently, camera mounted drones have been very successfully implemented in combat operations in several countries around the world. Police, border patrol, coast guard and various security companies have destroyed a large number of manned drones, and are now well aware that police and security guards on duty cannot combine the function of a pilot and maintenance at the same time. Training of the personnel from police, firefighters and border guard in piloting, has shown complete hopelessness of this route of use of drones.
The system of “autonomous patrol”, realizes a fundamentally new principle of organization for surveillance of large areas and spaces. In contrast to existing solutions, where cameras should be evenly distributed throughout a surveyed area; and for human recognition, they need to be placed at a distance of not more than twenty meters apart. The Q-4’s video surveillance system uses cameras that automatically zoom and focus on object movement then enlarge the object repeatedly, in order to identify an intruder within a radius of three hundred meters. In addition, rapid and autonomous movement of Q-4 drones does not allow an intruder to predict or calculate drone positioning, thus increasing the probability of intruder detection.
Additionally, drones utilize some of the “pack operating” technology. For example, when a drone detects multiple targets moving in different directions, it makes a tactical decision. A drone determines whether it should gain altitude, in order to use a larger field of vision to track multiple targets, or to signal reserve drones from their landing stations. This is essential, should an assigned perimeter be breached by several targets, or several groups of targets.
The Q-4 Drone is equipped with a highly sensitive infrared and night vision cameras, which are otherwise prohibitively expensive to install in quantities as fixed, on-site cameras.
Drones operate in conjunction with other security systems such as – fixed in-place cameras and sensors. A drone that is located at its landing base can be activated by a security guard, motion sensor, or a camera that detects potential intruder within assigned perimeters. When a drone is activated by sensors or security cameras, it will automatically take off and will fly along the shortest path. Avoiding obstacles on its way as it arrives in the breach area, it will activate an alarm if need be, and then actively search for an intruder. Video feed from the drone is transmitted in real-time to the guards on duty. In order to prevent an invasion of a perimeter, a drone can be equipped with a siren and lights, which can help security to determine location of the robot in case of an alarm. Images from all of the cameras are continuously recorded, and copied to an archive during drone’s recharging at its landing station. Also, robot reacts to gunshots, explosions and other strange and unusual sounds.
Using autonomous aerial drone patrols can radically reduce the number of stationary cameras. This reduces the costs connected with the video recording, land based wiring, and site preparation of camera installation, improving the reliability of the overall security system. Current cost of the equipment per one kilometer of perimeter security is – $1,000,000. 55% of the border between the U.S. and Mexico is over a difficult terrain and mountainous areas; this makes necessary hardwiring for border security cameras impossible. In addition, viewing static images from multiple cameras via traditional methods does not guarantee a timely detection of an alarm situation, while the video from drone cameras will focus on a breached area where movement is detected, and alert operating guard on duty. As a rule, a drone that suddenly appears at an intruder location usually shocks said intruders, especially if they have never seen a drone before. Most often to the target a drone resembles a flying disc.