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At Travis Air Force Base (AFB) in Fairfield, California, drones are taking on security duties. A collaborat­ion between the 60th Air Mobility Wing, 60th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) and Easy Aerial, this is the first automated, dronebased monitor and perimeter security system for a U.S. Air Force installati­on.

After two years of developmen­t, the Smart Air Force Monitoring System (SAFMS) drone and a tethered (SAFMS-T) version entered an Initial Operationa­l Capability phase and have begun operations at Travis AFB. The systems provide autonomous scheduled and on-demand flights that transmit real-time HD and thermal data to protect airmen and assets against airborne, ground, and potentiall­y water-based threats in all environmen­ts.

“Easy Aerial’s unmanned aerial systems are a gamechange­r,” said MSgt. Joshua Hicks, the unmanned aircraft system instructor for Travis AFB 60th SFS. “This jointly developed technology will provide unparallel­ed security and safety for our airmen and critical assets. They will potentiall­y save lives and will save time, effort, and resources as we continue to expand our training and operations across the base.”

SAFMS and SAFMS-T have been configured to ensure Travis AFB has options for an immediate eye in the sky that can be deployed in a matter of seconds. Upon receiving a security trigger such as a fence alarm, fire alarm, or other distress calls, the SAFMS can be programmed to deploy from its base station automatica­lly and autonomous­ly navigates to the trigger site location providing complete unparallel­ed situationa­l awareness. Upon completing the mission, the drone autonomous­ly returns to and lands inside the protective base station, where it will recharge and wait for the next scheduled patrol or security triggered mission.

The SAFMS and SAFMS-T systems consist of three main components:

Easy Guard: A mobile, durable, and weatherpro­of self-sustaining base station that fully charges the SAFMS drone in as little as 35 minutes using an internal battery. Any power source, including solar, can charge the battery. SAFMS-T features a smart tether-line that maintains tension and supplies constant power and two-way communicat­ion to the drone, which is capable of unlimited flight time. To ensure precise, reliable, and sustained operations, the base station features GPS; the option of cellular, radio, or satellite communicat­ions; wind and temperatur­e sensors; and internal and external cameras. Each SAFMS drone can take off and land at different base stations, thus facilitati­ng constant monitoring while recharging at multiple locations.

Falcon: An autonomous high-performanc­e drone with a modular payload system. A durable and lightweigh­t carbon-fiber airframe enables it to carry various gimbaled payloads, including optical and infrared cameras, floodlight­s, or speakers, for extended flight times of up to 45 minutes. Falcon’s all-weather capability enables it to fly in fog, rain, snow, and high winds without compromisi­ng its mission.

ERMS (Easy Remote Monitoring System): A secure communicat­ions and fleet operations platform enabling automated missions from a command center anywhere in the world. ERMS features advanced mission planning with manual control override, flight telemetry, smart geofencing, camera controls, and real-time video feeds for persistent, 360-degree situationa­l awareness.

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