U.S. AIR FORCE SECURITY DRONES
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. easyaerial.com