Drones represent the changing face of the security industry as security functions become more automated and directed from a distance. To that end, the Security Industry Association (SIA) warmly welcomes Intelligent Drone Systems (IDS) as a new member. SIA caught up with IDS COO Michael Lichko to get to know the company. Discover more about IDS on its website at www.intelligentdrones.us.
How did you get into the security industry?
Our company is rooted in a systems integration and law enforcement background. We’ve taken that experience and applied it to the emerging market of drone security products for both robotic drone surveillance and anti-drone detection and mitigation systems.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
Educating our clients on a new and fast paced market segment that is sure to be growing for years to come.
What’s your company’s biggest challenge right now?
Education and regulation. Most companies aren’t aware of the efficiencies to be gained with drone surveillance or the risks of being blind to their airspace. Companies spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on terrestrial surveillance and access control systems that can be circumnavigated in five minutes with a $500 drone. Many security directors have never contemplated that thought before. Regulations are a very critical component of deploying drone technology and although the Federal Aviation Administration and Federal Communications Commission are working fast to address today’s needs, they still work at the speed of government while the technology works at the speed of imagination.
What trends does your company foresee for the security industry in the next year?
The year 2017 will see rapid advances in drone security technology, and we foresee the regulations catching up by the end of the year. Market innovators will be the primary recipients of this emerging tech while the rest of the commercial consumer market will catch up in 2018.
What does your organization receive from membership in SIA? How do you plan to be active in the association in the near future?
We hope for greater exposure to our close-knit community of security folks, and we plan on offering numerous educational opportunities as the drone market continues to develop.
Will your company participate in an upcoming event with SIA such as ISC West, New Product Showcase or Government Summit? If so, what aspect of the event appeals most to your company?
IDS will be participating in ISC West with our manufacturing partners, and we look forward to the drone technology showcase that has been put together for 2017.