Aerial Surveillance: Security for Complex Sites

Radar System Integrates with Automated Drone Technology for Aerial Surveillance of Large Sites

23.07.2021 - This integration brings together Navtech Radar’s radar-based, wide-area intrusion detection with the Herotech8 ‘drone-in-a-box’ technology to deliver a whole new capability.

The radar solution AdvanceGuard by Navtech Radar delivers continuous automatic perimeter surveillance. It is especially suitable for complex applications such as airport surveillance, critical national infrastructure and commercial installations. Herotech8 is a robotics startup developing drone-in-a-box technology to enable drones to be deployed, recovered and recharged without the need for an on-site pilot to provide an automated aerial surveillance capability. With the integration of Herotech8, Navtech Radar provides a way to get visual confirmation on any part of your site. The integrated solution is ideal for applications such as critical national infrastructure, data, energy and water sites, and commercial installations.


The integration provides a fully automated system that detects and tracks intruders in real-time, across large sites, while providing visual information from above. A cost-effective solution for sites where installing fixed cameras to visually verify potential threats is prohibitively expensive. The aerial view provided by the drone gives an advantage in tracking intruders effectively across complex sites. In addition, the drone’s presence disrupts the traditional dynamics of wide-area surveillance by providing a more proactive response.

Minimal Infrastructure for Installation

AdvanceGuard’s 360 degree, long-range radars provide wide-area surveillance with a minimum of sensors. The Herotech8 drone has its own docking station, where it is housed and charged in between deployments, which can be strategically positioned on site.

Fully Automatic Operation

It automatically detects and tracks potential intruders and alerts operators, maintaining a low false alarm rate and with its sophisticated rules-based software. The Herotech8 platform is able to pick ‘safe paths’ across the site, navigating the different features such as trees. AdvanceGuard has a GIS interface, and can define privacy and geo zones as required. The result is a fully automated end-to-end system, which provides the information security teams need to maintain a secure site of any size.

Changes the Dynamic of Surveillance

The automated system enables the team to respond, whilst keeping security personnel out of harm’s way. The presence of the drone communicates to the target that they have been detected and acts as a deterrent.

How Does it Work?

In this integration, the AdvanceGuard software passes its real-time target location information to the Herotech8 system. The drone is then automatically deployed and directed to provide visual information, without any operator intervention. Aerial visual information of the tracked targets is streamed back to AdvanceGuard and shown to the operator on its friendly user interface.


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