The state-owned broadcast signal distrubtion company Sentech could soon be deploying their autonomous drones around the borders of South Africa to patrol the area and monitor illegal activity.
The vision is to have multiple drones flying autonomously in what they describe as a “mesh network” and then feed the data to a command center on the ground where analysts can act accordingly to intercept any wrongdoings.
Sentech hopes that they can build a network of drones that will also determine their own flight path and work together to cover as much ground as possible, they also suggest that they would want the drones to “shout” at people that are suspected of wrongdoings near the border. An example put forward of the shouting criminals could hear would be along the lines of “move away from the boundary, you are entering a restricted area”.
“The system should assist with identifying threats faster and allow operating personnel to instantly spot potential threats with confidence,” says Sentech, with tracking of humans, cars, and “other objects”.
The National Treasury have published the tender documents and the briefing will be taking place on the 4th September 2020.