Cloud-based city security brings drones and Google Glass into the surveillance fold

The next generation of city-wide surveillance is set to include Google Glass and drone technology alongside traditional products such as security cameras, all controlled through a real-time cloud-based system.

The Italian-designed system, known as eSurv, features a video analytics system that can identify potential threats, triggering instant alerts to nearby enforcement officers.

The cloud-based system collects surveillance data from security cameras, drones, Google Glass worn by surveillance operatives and any other security sensors located around a city that are hooked up to the system.

When potential hazards are identified the system sends out alerts to operatives in the form of SMS messages, emails and push notifications on smartphones or tablets, meaning they can quickly respond.

Operatives wearing Google Glass do not just act as cameras themselves: they can also view footage and notifications sent through from other locations.


eSurv saw its international launch at this week’s IFSEC International exhibition in London, where the company partnered with Italian drone manufacturers Ital Dron.

The company’s stand drew considerable attention from exhibition attendees, suggesting that its system could quickly adopted in some areas.

The system will work with any brand of drone – or any brand of surveillance equipment for that matter – but has worked with Ital Dron to demonstrate the possibilities.

If the system identifies a possible target, it can control connected drones to maintain visual monitoring until ground operatives reach the scene.

However, the use of drones is limited by legislation: not all countries have made it legal to use drones in this way, although the number where this is accepted is likely to rise.


eSurv also has capabilities to aid investigations beyond initial target identification.

The system can provide video analysis to help with ongoing investigations, and also makes use of metadata to help with video research. This means finding relevant video footage for other investigations becomes quicker and easier than with previous systems.

In addition to city surveillance, the technology can also be used in a number of other industries where high security is paramount.

The company provides tailored solutions for the finance, retail, healthcare and transportation industries, all of which have unique security needs.

Systems have already been used in high-end fashion chains, where the technology is used to centralise security management across branches, as well as in data centres, banks and a number of Italian cities.

In addition to security, the system can be used for traffic monitoring and search and rescue operations, both of which benefit from quick, agile management of multiple monitoring sources.

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